Dr. Christine Elnitsky is the Chair of the Academy for Veteran and Military Health and Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Additionally, Dr. Elnitsky is affiliated with the Health Services Research Doctoral Program and the Health Psychology Program at UNC Charlotte. Her career has included roles in nursing practice, administration, research, and academe. Dr. Elnitsky came to UNC Charlotte in 2013 from the Health Services Research and Development/ Rehabilitation Research and Development Center of Excellence at James A. Haley Veterans Hospital and the Tampa FL site of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences where she served as the Site Director of the Doctoral Program in Nursing and Research Health Science Specialist. Prior to her research role in Tampa, Dr. Elnitsky served as senior analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning, and as Assistant Director of Health Services Research and Development Service, both at Veterans Affairs headquarters in Washington, D.C. Dr. Elnitsky received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs, for work with the Presidential Task Force on Returning Global War on Terror Heroes to enhance the delivery of services and benefits to returning military personnel and veterans. Dr. Elnitsky earned a BS degree in Nursing (1985-1991), a MS degree in Community Health Nursing (1993-1995), and a PhD in Urban Services- Health Services Research (1995-2001) from Old Dominion University. She completed post-doctoral study on pharmacoeconomic methods, measuring patient preferences at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Diego, CA.
Elnitsky C., Lind J., Rugs D., Powell-Cope G. (2014) Implications for patient safety in the use of safe patient handling equipment: A national survey. International Journal of Nursing Studies. Published online 22 May 2014 at doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2014.04.015.
Elnitsky C.A., Andresen E.M., Hall C., McGarity S., Kerns R.W., Clark M.E. (2013) Access to the U.S. Veterans Affairs Health System: Self-reported Barriers to Care Among Afghanistan and Iraq Returnees. BMC Health Services Research 13, 498.
Elnitsky C., Chapman P., Thurman R., Pitts B., Figley C., Unwin COL. B. (2013) Gender Differences in Combat Medic Mental Health Services, Barriers, and Stigma. Military Medicine 178(7) 775-84.
Chapman, P., Elnitsky, C., Barnett S.D., Lapcevic A., Spehar A., Kayo R., Baker M. (2013) Exploring Combat-Related Loss and Behavioral Health Among OEF/OIF Veterans with Chronic PTSD. Traumatology 19(2): 154-157.
Elnitsky, C., Latlief, G., Andrews, E., Adams-Koss, L., Phillips, S. (Jan/Feb 2013) Preferences for Rehabilitation Services Among Women with Major Limb Amputations. Rehabilitation Nursing Journal 38(1):32-36.
Elnitsky, C., Gavin-Dreschnack, D., Latlief, G., Harris, M., Campbell, R. (Dec 2012) Lessons Learned in Pilot Testing Specialty Consultations to Benefit Individuals With Lower Limb Loss. International Journal of Telerehabilitation 4(2):3-9.
Chapman, P., Baker, M., Cabrera D., Varela-Mayer C., Elnitsky C., Figley C., Thurman R.M., Mayer P. (2012) Training, Deployment Preparation, and Combat Experiences of Deployed Health Care Personnel: Key Findings From Deployed U.S. Army Combat Medics Assigned to Line Units Military Medicine 177(3): 270-277.
Besterman-Dahan, K., Barnett, S., Hickling, E., Elnitsky, C., Lind, J., Skvoretz J., Antinori, N. (2012) Bearing the Burden: Deployment Stress Among Army National Guard Chaplains. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 18 (3-4) 151-168.
Latlief, G., Elnitsky C., Hart-Hughes S., Phillips S.L., Koss L., Kent R., Highsmith M.J. (2012) Patient Safety in the Rehabilitation of the Adult with an Amputation. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America 23(2):377-92.
Fisher, M. and Elnitsky, C. (2012) Health and Social Services Integration: A Review of Concepts and Models. Social Work in Public Health, 27(5):441-468.
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