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Cristina C. Hendrix
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Cristina C. Hendrix, DNS, GNP-BC, FNP, FAAN

Associate Professor

Chair, Clinical Health Systems & Analytics Division

  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Hendrix completed her BSN at the University of Santo Tomás in Manila, Philippines. She earned an MSN-FNP at the University of Alabama and a DNS from Louisiana State University. She also completed a Post-Master's GNP (Gerontological Nurse Practitioner) at the Duke University School of Nursing. Dr. Hendrix’s background includes experience as a critical care nurse, followed by practicing as a family nurse practitioner. She presently practices as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner.

    Dr. Hendrix's program research focuses on developing interventions to support the family caregivers of chronically ill patients. She is presently funded by the NIH-National Institute of Nursing Research to investigate the effects of an individualized, experiential training about home care for family caregivers given before hospital discharge of their loved ones suffering from cancer. Dr. Hendrix is also a nurse investigator at the Geriatrics Research, Education, and Clinical Center at the Durham VA. She has been selected to serve on the Nursing Research Advisory Group (NRAG) of the Department of Veterans Health Affairs, Office of Nursing Services. Dr. Hendrix and her VA Transitional Care Partners team were one of the 10 recipients of the 2012 VA Office of Nursing Services Innovations Award, a national award mechanism that recognizes nursing leadership in quality improvement.

    Dr. Hendrix is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the Gerontological Society of America, and the Southern Nursing Research Society in Nursing, and is President-Elect of the Philippine Nurses Association of North Carolina.

    Academic Program Affiliations

    PhD in Nursing Program
    Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
    Master of Science in Nursing Program


    DNSLouisiana State University Health Sciences Center
    MSNUniversity of Alabama- Birmingham
    BSNUniversity of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines

    Professional Certifications

    GNP-BCGerontological Nurse Practitioner

    Research Interests

    Dr. Hendrix’ program of research deals with the older adult population. Her dissertation investigated improving ways to assess for elderly depression in institutionalized settings. During her doctoral work, Dr. Hendrix was also involved in providing for an experiential training program for Alzheimer’s caregivers.  In her present pilot, Dr. Hendrix investigates the feasibility of offering the individualized experiential training approach to enhance self-efficacy in symptom management skills of caregivers of older cancer patients. Dr. Hendrix is also a co-investigator in a study investigating the effects of interdisciplinary geriatric-based interventions on older cancer patients.

    Clinical Interests

    Dr. Hendrix is a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner in the outpatient clinic of the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center.