Cynthia Handrup, DNP, APN, PMHCNS-BC

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Handrup holds a BS in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island, a MS from the Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist program at St. Xavier University, Chicago, IL and a DNP from the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Handrup is certified as an ANCC Clinical Specialist in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. She has practiced as a advanced psychiatric nurse clinician, manager and administrator in psychiatric hospitals, an educator in psychiatric nursing in both undergraduate and graduate programs and as a psychotherapist. Dr. Handrup currently maintains a clinical practice is a multidisciplinary group psychiatric practice.

Current Area of Teaching

NURS 414: Integrated Mental Health
NURS 528: Mental Health Promotion & Disease Prevention: Behavioral Health II
NURP 532: Clinical Practicum in Behavioral Health II
NURP 533: Professional Role & Policy Development
NURS 597: Master's Project

Service / Practice

Board of Directors, American Orthopsychiatric Association.

APRN Advisory Panel, American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Selected Honors & Awards
  • 2014 - Clinical Practice Award, International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) 2014
  • Preceptor Award, PMHNP - UIC College of Nursing 2010
  • Heart and Soul of Change Research Award for the best study addressing client directed outcome informed clinical practice.
Selected Publications

Delaney, K.R. and Handrup, C.T. (2011). Psychiatric mental health nursing’s psychotherapy role: Are we letting it slip away? Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 25, 303-305.

Posmontier, B., Breiter, D., Cartier, J.,Dilks, S., Esposito, N., Handrup, C., … Newton, M. (2013). ISPN DNP Task Force on the DNP. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. 27, 56-60.

Current Research

Therapeutic Alliance
Psychotherapy Outcome
Simulation in Psychiatric Mental Health NP education