Cherie Adkins, Ph.D., R.N.

Cherie Adkins
Dr. Donald E. and Lois J. Myers School of Nursing and Health Professions
Associate Professor of Nursing
Contact Information
Diehl Hall, Room 230

Meet Cherie Adkins


  • B.S. (Bible), Lancaster Bible College (1989)
  • B.S.N., Millersville University (1996)
  • M.S. in Nursing, Community Health Concentration 
    Pennsylvania State University (2004)
  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University (2010)


  • Registered Nurse


  • Nursing Practicum
  • Application of Nursing Research (M.S.N.)
  • Applied Statistics (D.N.P.)
  • Evidence-Based Practice: Methods and Translation (D.N.P.)
  • DNP Clinical Residency DNP Scholarly Project: Implementation and DNP Scholarly Project: Evaluation and Dissemination

Research Interests

  • Adult education
  • Transformative learning theory
  • Health promotion/disease prevention
  • Preterm mothers
  • Intellectual/developmental disabilities

Recent Publications

  • Gardner, F.C., Adkins, C.S., Hart, S.E., Travagli, A., & Doheny, K.K. (2018). Preterm stress behaviors, autonomic indices, and maternal perceptions of infant colic. Advances in Neonatal Care.
  • Adkins, C. S., & Doheny, K. K. (2016). Exploring preterm mothers’ personal narratives: Influences and meanings. Advances in Nursing Science.
  • Evaluating theory from a Christian perspective: Transformative learning theory. Journal of Christian Nursing, 2015.
  • Salavitabar, A., Haidet K., Adkins, C., Susman E., Palmer C., & Storm H., (2010). Preterm infants’ sympathetic arousal and associated behavioral responses to sound stimuli in the neonatal intensive care unit. Advances in Neonatal Care.
  • Steis. M., Penrod, J., Adkins, C. & Hupcey, J. (2009). Principle-based concept analysis: Recognition in the context of nurse-patient interactions. Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Recent Presentations

  • Fenstermacher, K., & Adkins, C. S. (2017, April). “Oh, now I get it…” Teaching qualitative data analysis using graduate students’ narratives of their own experiences with fatigue. Poster presentation at the 29th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Eastern Nursing Research Society, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Adkins, C. S. (2015, November). Teaching nursing care for those with intellectual/developmental disabilities: A service-learning format. Poster presentation at the Sigma Theta Tau International 43rd Biennial Convention, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Nurse recognition of transformative learning: Its utility in clinical settings. Sigma Theta Tau International 42nd Biennial Convention, Indianapolis, IN, 2013.
  • Leadership by design. Symposium, Sigma Theta Tau International 42nd Biennial Convention, Indianapolis, IN, 2013.
  • Recasting assessment to transform learning: An integrated approach. Symposium, Sigma Theta Tau International 42nd Biennial Convention, Indianapolis, IN, 2013.


  • Eta Eta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, president 2017-2018
  • South Central PA Evidence-Based Practice Consortium, executive council member
  • PA Developmental Disabilities Nurses Network, past vice president
  • Reviewer: Global Qualitative Nursing Research, Journal of Christian Nursing
  • Nursing/healthcare consultant, Valley Springs Healthcare (dialysis center), Nakuru, Kenya


  • Medical-surgical, maternal-child, home-health care, intellectual/developmental disabilities, insurance industry, nursing education