Faculty

A national expert on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) health, Christopher W. Blackwell is an associate professor and director of the Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner graduate programs at the UCF College of Nursing. Blackwell’s scholarship focuses on health and social policy disparities in LGBTQ persons. He has studied high-risk sexual decision-making in gay and bisexual men who meet online, HPV vaccination knowledge in gay and bisexual men, and levels of homophobia and attitudes among professional nurses regarding discrimination of LGBTQ nurses in the workplace. In addition to authoring several textbook chapters, Blackwell has published extensively in the areas of LGBTQ health and within the LGBTQ social science literature. In addition to his faculty appointment, Blackwell maintains his clinical practice in pulmonary/critical care and serves as a commissioner on the National League for Nursing certification board.

Education
  • Professional Graduate Certificate, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, University of Florida
  • PhD in Public Affairs (Health), University of Central Florida
  • MSN, University of Central Florida
  • BSN, University of Central Florida
Selected Editorial Activities
  • Associate Editor, The Journal for Nurse Practitioners
Selected Awards & Honors
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, 2019
  • Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2016
  • Top 10 Nurse Practitioners in the United States, Point of Care Network (POCN), 2018
Selected Professional Activities
  • Examination Panelist, Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) and Certified Academic Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE-cl) Certification Programs, National League for Nursing
  • Nationally Elected Commissioner, National League for Nursing CNE Board of Commissioners
  • Nationally Appointed Member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Practice Council
  • AGACNP Board Certification Examination Item Writing Panelist, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Expertise & Research

Expertise
  • Acute Care
  • Cancer / Oncology
  • Community Health
  • COVID-19
  • Critical Care
  • Diversity / Equity / Inclusion
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Mental Health / Psychiatric
  • Nursing Education
  • Population Health: Adults
  • Preventative Care
  • Primary Care
  • Public Health
  • Trauma / Emergency Care
Research Areas
  • Aging & Vulnerable Populations
  • Quality, Safety & Patient Outcomes