Dr. Cynthia Barrere PhD, RN, CNS, AHN-BC is the Director of Faculty Development for the School of Nursing, Quinnipiac University. Dr. Barrere graduated from Western Connecticut State University with her BSN. She earned her MA in Sociology, MS in Nursing, and PhD in Medical Sociology degrees from the University of Connecticut. She is also Board-Certified as an Advanced Holistic Nurse. Dr. Barrere has more than 20 articles and book chapters published or in review, is the co-associate editor for a nationally acclaimed holistic book, and has given numerous presentations to nursing and healthcare audiences locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally – the most exciting was a national teleconference sponsored by the National Research Center (Picker), broadcast to hospitals entitled: “Nurse-Patient Communication: Strategies to Increase Symmetry to Facilitate Patient Healing”, based on research she conducted on medical-surgical nursing units in two community hospitals. Dr. Barrere holds leadership positions in two national nursing associations. For the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, she was elected to the Board of Directors and also holds the position of National Quality Forum Coordinator. She is Co-Chair of the American Holistic Nurses Association Research and Grants Committee. Dr. Barrere’s teaching style focuses on ways to engage students and facilitate their learning to enhance their clinical reasoning. She uses humor to remind students about the value of self-care. Dr. Barrere emphasizes with students the importance of employing scientific rigor when selecting appropriate, safe interventions and demonstrating genuine, holistic compassion during nurse-patient interactions. Dr. Barrere’s research examines ways to blend traditional nursing interventions (for patients with stroke and heart failure) with holistic nursing concepts (such as communication/presence, spirituality, and quality of life) to provide nurses with creative yet practical care interventions that improve patient outcomes.