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Cynthia Hughes

College of Health and Human Services
Department of Nursing

Office: ST 303
Phone: 323-343-4716

Office Hours
Monday 8-9AM 
Tuesday 11AM -12PM 
Thursday 3PM -4PM 


I arrived at CSULA for my first academic year in 1999-2000 after relocating from an academic position on the east coast. My current areas of expertise are in the areas of advanced practice nursing--pediatrics and research. I am certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner by the AACN. In order to remain current in practice I maintain my skills through volunteering at two different clinics that serve the underserved. I have assumed leadership skills here at CSULA through coordinating two advanced practice options (family and pediatrics) and coordinating the Kaiser Long Distance Partnership for students in education and administration. I have coauthored the FNP federal grant that supports our FNP program and the FNP state monies from the Song Brown funds. I love hiking the California mountains and playing tennis in the California sun!



Since arriving at CSULA, I have taught undergraduate courses (research and health assessment) but primarily have taught for the graduate program. I have taught 12 different courses at the graduate level including all of the core research courses, the advanced practice pediatric and adolescent theory and practicum courses as well as the developmental assessment theory and advanced health assessment laboratory courses. I have enjoyed getting more involved in using technology in classes such as videoconferencing and WebCT. My goal is to find the best combination of traditional teaching techniques, technology, and interaction so that students are excited and committed to learning!



My past research interests have focused on Caregivers of HIV infected children, their stress and coping. My colleagues and I were interested in both biological mothers of HIV infected children as well as grandmothers who were primary caregivers of these children and I have participated in several studies focused on both groups of caregivers. I have most recently completed a study on Biological Mothers' Compliance to the AZT Protocol for HIV exposed infants. Currently I am involved on the CSULA/ CIty of Hope Partnership Internal Advisory Group to study cancer disparities and foster minority involvement in research. The PIs on this project are Dr. Jamil Momand and Dr. Susan Kane. My future interests focus on continuing to investigate grandmothers as primary caregivers of all children be they well or sick,and to pursue my interest in studying childhood obesity.


Title Date
CSULA Kaiser Distance Learning Program, Poster Presentation, Master’s Nursing Education: Variations on a Theme, Feb. 22-24, 2007, Albuquerque, N.M. 2007
Hughes, C. , Hegy, G., Kiernan, B. , Dunn, A.M. (2005). Caregiver adherence with Zidovudine protocol for HIV exposed infant. Submitted to Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS 2007 Under revision
Hughes, C., (presenter), Caliandro, G., &Kiernan, B. (co-investigators). Caregiver adherence with zidovudine protocol for HIV exposed infant. Western Institute of Nursing Research Annual Conference, April 18-20, 2002. Palm Springs, CA. 2002
Hansell, P., Hughes, C., Budin, W., Russo, P., Caliandro, G., Hartman, B., Hernandez, O. (2002). Stress and social support in older caregivers of children with HIV/AIDS: An intervention model. In D. Joslin (Ed.) Invisible caregivers: Older adults raising children in the wake of HIV/AIDS. New York: Columbia University Press. 2002
Hughes, C., Trofino, J., O’Brien, B., Mack, J. & Marrinen, M. (2001). Primary care parish nursing outcomes. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 26, (1) 2001



EdD Curriculum and Instruction 1980

  • Teachers College Columbia University
    New York, New York

Post Masters Certificate Nurse Practitioner 1978

  • Rutgers University
    New Brunswick, NJ

MEd Nursing Education and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 1975

  • Teachers College, Columbia University
    New York, New York

BSN Nursing 1968

  • University of Wisconsin
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Course Course Title Day & Time Room Quarter
NURS 518C-1 Adolescent and Young Adult Health Care T 12:20-4:00 ST 412 Winter 2007
NURS 519C-1 Adolescent and Young Adult Practicum TBA CLinical SItes Winter 2007
NURS 504-2 Research Utilization R 4:20-6:00 FA 321 Winter 2007