Quinnipiac University
Cindy C Barrere

Professor of Nursing

Chair, Faculty Development

Director of Nursing Research

Cynthia Barrere is Chair of Faculty Development, Director of Research and a professor in the School of Nursing at Quinnipiac University. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and Board Certified Advanced Holistic Nurse.

Before joining Quinnipiac in 2004, Barrere was a clinical nurse specialist at Waterbury Hospital, in Connecticut, where she held several clinical, teaching, and leadership positions. Her work and research in oncology, cardiovascular nursing and end-of-life care were guided by holistic core values and the advancement of whole-person care.

Barrere’s work has been recognized both within the Quinnipiac community and at the national level. She leveraged her leadership positions in the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) and Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) to spark enthusiasm for nursing scholarship through conference presentations, individual consultations, research, evidence-based practice, and process improvement publications. She also launched the Research Consultation program through AHNA, increasing the use of scientific evidence among holistic nurses.

Barrere is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Holistic Nursing, a member of the Editorial Board of Holistic Nursing Practice and a recognized authority in evidence-based practice and quality improvement and holistic nursing. She was essential in fostering Quinnipiac’s national reputation for holistic education, helping its baccalaureate and nurse practitioner programs achieve endorsement by the AHNA.


  • BSN, Western Connecticut State University
  • MA, University of Connecticut
  • MS, University of Connecticut
  • PHD, University of Connecticut

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership
  • Research
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Holistic Nursing
  • Adult / Older Adults


  • Nursing

Office Location

  • Medicine, Nursing, Health Sci 470H

Mail Drop

  • NH-HSC


Quinnipiac University

Chair of Faculty Development, Director of Research, & Professor of Nursing

Hamden CT

2016 - Present

Quinnipiac University

Chair of Faculty Development & Professor of Nursing

Hamden CT

2013 - 2016

Quinnipiac University

Director of Faculty Development & Professor of Nursing

Hamden CT

2012 - 2013

Quinnipiac University

Professor of Nursing

Hamden CT

2010 - 2012

Quinnipiac University

Associate Professor of Nursing

Hamden CT

2004 - 2010

Selected Publications

Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice

Barrere, C. & Delaney, C.,

Creating, Appraising, and Applying Evidence to Enhance Holistic Practice 8th ed. Sudbury, Mass. (Jones & Bartlett 2020)

A metaphor analysis of patients' experiences with holistic nurse coaching

Delaney, C., Barrere, C., & Bark, L.


Trends in contemporary holistic nursing research: 2010-2015.

Delaney, C., McCaffrey, R., Barrere, C., Moore, A., Dunn, D., Miller, R., Molony, S. L., Thomas, D., Twomey, T., & Zhu, S.


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