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Christina Bricker, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAHA

Christina Bricker, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAHA

Assoc Dean, Grad Clin Programs, College of Nursing

  • cbricker@usf.edu
  • (813) 974-2716
  • MDN Building, Room 2033
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  • PhD, Nursing, University of Arkansas, 2013
  • MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2000
  • BSN, Nursing, Harding University, 1995

Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Health Disparities
  • Nurse Practitioner Education


  • Graduate Academic Nurse Educator Award (University of South Florida - 2020)
  • Great 100 Nurses of Arkansas (The Great 100 Nurses Foundation - 2018)
  • Fellow of the American Heart Association (CVSN Council - 2015)
  • International Society of Hypertension New Member Spotlight (International Society of Hypertension - 2014)
  • Dissertation of the Year Award (UAMS College of Nursing - 2014)
  • Outstanding Future Nurse Leader Award (UAMS College of Nursing - 2014)
  • Southern Nursing Research Society Top Student Poster (Southern Nursing Research Society - 2014)
  • Special Appreciation Award for service as Chair, SNRS Student Network (Southern Nursing Research Society - 2013)
  • Travel Award (American Heart Association - 2013)
  • Travel Award (UAMS Graduate School - 2013)
  • Outstanding Poster Presentation Award: Graduate Student Division (UAMS Student Research Day - 2011)
  • UAMS Phenomenal Woman Award (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences - 2011)
  • Outstanding Achievement Award (AMS Graduate School - 2011)
  • Achievement Award (UAMS Graduate School - 2010)
  • Outstanding Scholarly Research Paper Award (Harding University - 1995)

Recent Publications

  • Bricker C, & Efre A, . Broken Hearts in Disguise: Atypical Symptoms in Women. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners.. , 2021.
  • Hays L, McSweeney J, Mitchell A, Bricker C, Green A, & Landes R, . Recruitment Issues in Emerging Adult Populations: Focus on Adult Congenital Heart Disease Nursing Reports. , 2020.
  • Cousin L, Redwine L, Bricker C, Kip K, & Buck H, . Psychometrics of the Gratitude Questionnaire-6 in African-Americans at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease Western Journal of Nursing Research. , 2020.
  • Cousin L, Redwine L, Bricker C, Kip K, Buck . Effect of Gratitude on Cardiovascular Outcomes: A State-of-the-Science Review Journal of Positive Psychology. , 2020.
  • Hays L, McSweeney J, Mitchell A, Bricker C, Green A, & Landes . Self-Management Needs of Young Adults with Congenital Heart Disease Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. , 2020.
  • Manchaiah V, Amlani A, M, Bricker C, M, .Whitfield C, T, & Ratinaud P, . Benefits and Shortcomings of Direct-To-Consumer Hearing Devices: Analysis of Large Secondary Data Generated from Amazon Customer Reviews Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.. : doi: 10.1044/2018_jslhr-h-18-0370, 2019.
  • McSweeney J, Cleves M, Fischer E, (Bricker) Pettey C, & Beasley B, Using the McSweeney Acute and Prodromal Myocardial Infarction Symptom Survey to Predict the Occurrence of Short-Term Coronary Heart Disease Events in Women. Women’s Health Issues. : doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2017.07.002 PMID: 28830656 [PMCID: PMC5694369], 2017.
  • (Bricker) Pettey CM, McSweeney JC, Stewart KE, Cleves MA, Price ET, Heo S, & Souder E, African Americans’ perceptions of adherence to medications and lifestyle changes prescribed to treat hypertension. Sage Open. : doi: 10.1177/2158244015623595 PMID: 27148469 [PMCID: PMC4853166], 2016.
  • McSweeney JC, Rosenfeld AG, Abel WM, Braun LT, Burke LE, Daugherty SL, Fletcher GF, Gulati M, Mehta LS, (Bricker) Pettey CM, & Reckelhoff JF, Preventing and Experiencing Ischemic Heart Disease as a Woman: State of the Science: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. : doi: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000381 PMID: 26927362 [PMCID: PMC5154387], 2016.
  • DeVon HA, (Bricker) Pettey CM, Vuckovic KM, Koenig MD, & McSweeney JC, Comparing cardiac symptoms in older and younger women: A review of the literature. JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing. : doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2016.02.002 PMID: 26968243, 2016.
  • (Bricker) Pettey CM, McSweeney JC, Stewart KE, Price ET, Cleves MA, Heo S, & Souder E, Perceptions of family history and genetic testing and feasibility of pedigree development among African Americans with hypertension. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 14(1) : 8-15. doi:10.1177/1474515114556198 PMID: 25322748 [PMCID: PMC4758451], 2015.
  • McSweeney J, Cleves M, Fischer E, Moser D, Wei J, (Bricker) Pettey C, Rojo M, & Armbya N, Predicting coronary heart disease events in women: A longitudinal cohort study. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 29(6) : 482-492. doi:10.1097/JCN.0b013e3182a409cc PMID: 24231895 [PMCID: PMC4019730], 2014.
  • Cole CS, McSweeney JC, Cleves MA, Armbya N, Bliwise DL, & (Bricker) Pettey CM, Sleep disturbance in women before myocardial infarction. Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care. 41(5) : 438-445. doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2012.05.007 PMID: 22770599 [PMCID: PMC3432660], 2012.
  • McSweeney J, (Bricker) Pettey C, Lefler LL, & Heo S, Disparities in heart failure and other cardiovascular diseases among women. Women''s Health. 8(4) : 473-85. doi: 10.2217/whe.12.22 PMID: 22757737 [PMCID: PMC3459240], 2012.
  • McSweeney J, (Bricker) Pettey C, Souder E, & Rhoads S, Disparities in women''s cardiovascular health. JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing. 40: 362-371. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2011.01239.x PMID: 21477222, 2011.
  • McSweeney JC, (Bricker) Pettey CM, Fischer EP, & Spellman A, Going the distance: overcoming challenges in recruitment and retention of black and white women in a multisite, longitudinal study of predictors of coronary heart disease. Research in Gerontological Nursing. 2: 256-264. doi: 10.3928/19404921-20090803-01 PMID: 20077981 [PMCID: PMC2854651], 2009.