Cynthia Peden-McAlpine, PhD, ACNS, BC

Cynthia Peden-McAlpine


Office Phone
Office Address

6 -109 Weaver Densford Hall
308 Harvard St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States


Distinguished Graduate Teaching Professor


PhD, Adelphi University
Major: Nursing

MS, Pace University
Major: Nursing-Adult Health

BS, Pace University
Major: Nursing

RN, St. Vincents Medical Center

Licensures and Certifications

Medical Surgical Nursing, CNS

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Research Summary

Specialty areas are expert thinking in RN nursing practice and advanced nursing practice; family values and beliefs in end-of-life decision-making for cognitively impaired elders; end of life issues in critical care; extending expertise in nursing practice; qualitative research methods.

Teaching Summary

Academic Interests and Focus
Qualitative design and methods; Intervention models for adults/elders with chronic health conditions; Implementing advanced practice roles with adults; Advanced practice nursing for adults; Theory and theory development for research; The discipline of nursing; Qualitative Data Analysis

Professional Memberships

Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research

Center for Aging Science and Care Innovation


Cheung, C., Wyman, J., & Peden-McAlpine, C. (2022). Long-term yoga and aerobic/strength exercise adherence in older women with knee osteoarthritis: A mixed methods approach. International Journal of Yoga Therapy, vol. 32,2022: article 4. doi:10.17761/2022-D-20-00033

Koschmann, K., Peden-McAlpine, C. J., Chesney, M., Mason, S. M., and Hooke, M. C. (2021). Urban, low-income, african american parents’ experiences and expectations of well-child care. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, vol. 60: 24-30. doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2021.01.022

Hoffman, S. J., Vukovich, M. M., Peden-McAlpine, C., Robertson, C. L., Wilk, K., Weibe, G. & Gaugler, J. (2021). Narratives as borders: Using an adapted narrative approach to understand the retelling of the physical narratives of trauma by Karen women with refugee status resettled in the United States. Advances in Nursing Science, vol. 44,3: 238-253. doi:10.1097/ANS.0000000000000366

Bhimani, R., Bisma, P., Peden-McAlpine, C. (2021). Understanding the characteristics of muscle weakness. The Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, vol. 53,2: 69-74. doi:10.1097/JNN.0000000000000574

Hillman, L., Peden-McAlpine, C., Oliveria, D., Schomer, J. (2020). The medication experience: A concept analysis. Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland), vol. 9,1 7. 31.doi:10.3390/pharmacy9010007

Cernasev A., Larson, W., Peden-McAlpine, C., Rockwood, T., Ranelli, P., Okoro, O., & Schommer, J. (2020). “Stigma and HIV are like brother and sister!” The experience of African-born persons living with HIV in the US. Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland), vol. 8,2 92.30. doi:10.3390/pharmacy8020092

Needle, J. S., Peden-McAlpine, C., Liaschenko, J., Koschmann, K., Sanders, N., Smith, A., Lyon, M.E. (2019). “Can you tell me why you made that choice?”: A qualitative study of the influences on treatment decisions in advance care planning among adolescents and young adults undergoing bone marrow transplant. Palliative Medicine, 0269216319883977. doi:10.1177/0269216319883977

Needle, J. S., Liaschenko, J., Peden-McAlpine, C., & Boss, R. (2019). Stopping the Momentum of Clinical Cascades in the PICU: Intentional Responses to the Limits of Medicine. Journal of Palliative Care, 0825859719851487. doi:10.1177/0825859719851487

Cernasev, A., Larson, W. L., Rockwood, T., Peden-McAlpine, C., Ranelli, P. L., Okoro, O., & Schommer, J. C. (2019). Narrative experiences of interactions with pharmacists among African-born persons living with HIV: “It’s mostly business”. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. Doi:10.1016/j.sapharm.2019.07.009

Jairah, N., Peden-McAlpine, C., Sullivan, M., Vessey, J., & Henly, S. (2018). Theory and Theorizing in Nursing. Special Issue Editorial Team. Nursing Research, 67(2), 188-195. doi:10.1097/nnr.0000000000000273

Grants and Patents

Selected Grants

Award: Learning How Expert Critical Care Nurses Think: An Actio
Principal Investigator: Peden-McAlpine, Cynthia
Sponsoring Organization: American Assoc of Critical-Care Nurses
Award Dates: 2020 - 2022

Award: Learning How to Think From Expert Nurses: The Power of P
Principal Investigator: Peden-McAlpine, Cynthia
Sponsoring Organization: Minnesota Nurses Association
Award Dates: 2019 - 2023

Award: Improving Outcomes for Families and Older Adults: Adult
Principal Investigator: Gaugler, Joseph E
Sponsoring Organization: Johns Hopkins University
Award Dates: 2016 - 2021

Award: The Personal Health Record for Persons with Dementia and
Principal Investigator: Gaugler, Joseph E
Sponsoring Organization: NIH NINR Natl Inst of Nursing
Award Dates: 2014 - 2017

Award: Morality and Nurses' Communicative Work Regarding Four T
Principal Investigator: Liaschenko, Joan
Sponsoring Organization: Minnesota Nurses Association
Award Dates: 2011 - 2013

Award: The Experience of Community Living Men with Fecal Incont
Principal Investigator: Peden-McAlpine, Cynthia
Sponsoring Organization: Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation
Award Dates: 2009 - 2010

Award: Extending Pediatric Critical Care Nurses' Expertise in F
Principal Investigator: Peden-McAlpine, Cynthia
Sponsoring Organization: American Assoc of Critical-Care Nurses
Award Dates: 2001 - 2009