Cynthera McNeill, DNP, APRN, AGPCNP-C, FAANP

Cynthera McNeill, DNP, APRN, AGPCNP-C, FAANP

Assistant Professor (Clinical) and Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care Specialty Coordinator

237 Cohn, 5557 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

Office hours

By appointment 

Cynthera McNeill, DNP, APRN, AGPCNP-C, FAANP

Bio Sketch

Dr. McNeill is a nationally certified as adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. For over 8 years, she served as a health care provider at a federally qualified health center in Detroit, Michigan, serving the uninsured/low-insured patient population. She is currently working in internal medicine in Detroit. Her primary focus as a nurse practitioner has been in the field of primary care/chronic disease management for adults, with emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. Her quality improvement initiatives include the utilization of evidence-based, culturally sensitive interventions to decrease health disparities among at-risk populations.


  • DNP & Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education, Wayne State University, 2013
  • BSN, Michigan State University, 2009
  • B.S., Coppin State University

Research Interests

  • Quality improvement for better patient/provider outcomes

Project types:

  • Quality improvement

Theoretical frameworks:

  • Nursing and social theories (e.g., Roy Adaptation Model, Theory of Self- Care, Parse’s Theory of Human Becoming, Kolkcaba Theory of Comfort, Watson’s Caring Theory, Social Cognitive Theor,y etc.)


  • Logic Model
  • Lewin
  • PDSA
  • Kotter


  • Pre-test/post-test
  • Longitudinal evaluations (i.e., 3 months, 6 months)
  • Self efficacy tools
  • Health literacy (i.e., Mental Health Literacy Scale, HIV Knowledge)


  • Practice change
  • Adoption of evidence-based practice
  • Improved patient outcomes
  • Sustained outcomes
  • Exploration of change process (assessing change process, discussing barriers and facilities)

Writing/editing/manuscript preparation:

  • Editing manuscripts for final projects
  • Editing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Editing posters for conference presentations

Clinical Area(s) of Expertise

  • Adolescent health promotion
  • Adult/geriatric health promotion
  • Implementation of evidence-based practice
  • HIV prevention
  • Adolescent reproductive/sexual health
  • Addressing mental health stigma
  • Integrated care services to reduce disparities

Selected publications

  • McNeill, C., Stephens, U., and Walker, T (2022). Urban health: A practical application for clinical based learning. Wayne State University Library Systems. (CC-BY-NC 4.0)
  • Baluyot, A., McNeill, C. & Weirs, S. (2022) Improving communication from hospital to skilled nursing facility through standardized hand-off: A quality improvement project. Patient Safety Journal, 4(4), 2-8.
  • McNeill, C., George, N & Glover, R. (2017). An Evaluation of Sisters Informing Healing Living Empowering: Increasing HIV Knowledge Among African American Adolescent Females Using an Evidence-Based HIV Prevention Intervention. Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 10: 1, DOI: 10.1891/2380-9418.10.1.4
  • Kulik, N.L., McNeill, C., Murphy, A.R & Iovan S. (2016) Sexual health knowledge, self-efficacy and behavioral intentions following a health fair for adolescents. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 33:3, 119-127

Honors and Awards

  • 2021 Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • 2020 Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses (GAPNA) Award for Excellence in Leadership
  • 2020 Spirit of Community Award (Wayne State University)
  • 2020 Certificate of Appreciation: Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated (Beta Sponsor)
  • 2020 Frontline Healthcare Spotlight Recognition-Most Worship Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Michigan
  • 2020 Teacher Appreciation Week Recognition- Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc (Eta Zeta Sigma Graduate Chapter)
  • 2019 American Association of Nurse Practitioner (AANP) Advocate State Award for Excellence

Current Research

  • Quality improvement project that address mental health stigma
  • Community Based Participatory Research-evidence based interventions that impact community level outcomes (i.e., mental health, first aid, community health fairs)
  • Innovative approaches to faculty-led doctoral student mentorship (StIGMA Scholars, Connecting Our Nurses)
  • Integrated care practices (i.e., behavioral health integration)

Courses taught by Cynthera McNeill, DNP, APRN, AGPCNP-C, FAANP

Spring-Summer Term 2024 (current)

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023

Spring-Summer Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Spring-Summer Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

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