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Cheryl A. Leiningen, DNP, RN, PMHNP-C

Associate Professor

Scholar, Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson's Disease Foundation

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Cheryl A. Leiningen, DNP, RN, PMHNP-C

Dr. Cheryl Leiningen is an Associate Professor at Monmouth University, School of Nursing & Health Studies. Previously, she participated in the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty (VNF) Program at the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation at New York University in 2015, is the recipient of their 2016 Alumni Award, and presented at the World Parkinson’s Congress in Portland, Oregon. Her research has focused on the impact of bullying in nursing and LGBT health issues, particularly the transgender population.  She has presented on these topics both nationally and internationally, and is presently working on research that focuses on transgender health issues.

She is an editor for Doody Enterprises, Inc.’s Editorial Review Groups, and has written numerous, published reviews.  She maintains a private clinical practice in Adult Primary Care, Mood and Anxiety Disorders and Addictions.

Dr. Leiningen also serves as a National Evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


Bachelor of Science in Nursing, The College of New Jersey

Masters of Science Degree (Advanced Practice Nurse), New York University

Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Rutgers University)

Research Interests

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health, the LGBT Education Gap in Nursing,
and Workplace Violence.


Scholarly Articles

Leiningen, C. & Kelly, L. (Nov/Dec. 2018).  Val & Holly: Teaching empathy through an evolving case study. Nursing Education Perspectives, 39(6).

Leiningen, Cheryl (2018) Review of Community-Based Health Literacy Interventions: Proceedings of a Workshop.  Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2018.   Doody’s Review Service (on-line). Available: (Accessed [8/13/18]).

Leiningen, Cheryl (2018) Review of The Handbook of Health Behavior Change, 5th Edition.  Springer Publishing Company, 2018.   Doody’s Review Service (on-line). Available: (Accessed [8/13/18]).

Leiningen, Cheryl (2018) Review of Optimizing Health Literacy for Improved Clinical Practices.  IGI Global, 2018.   Doody’s Review Service (on-line). Available: (Accessed [8/13/18]).

Leiningen, Cheryl (2018) Review of Nursing Care Planning Made Incredibly Easy! 3rd Edition.  Wolters Kluwer, 2018.   Doody’s Review Service (on-line). Available: (Accessed [1/28/18]).

Leiningen, Cheryl (2018) Review of Sassen, Nursing: Health Education and Improving Patient Self-Management.  Springer Publishing, 2018.   Doody’s Review Service (on-line). Available: (Accessed [1/2/18]).

Vernon, G., Thomas, C., Leiningen, C., Dunlop, R. (October 2017).  Is all that tremors Parkinson’s Disease.  The Nurse Practitioner, 42(10), p. 35-40.

Journal of Life Care Planning (September 2016). Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Population; Ensuring Cultural Competency for the Transgender Population when Developing a Life Care Plan

Leiningen, Cheryl (2017) Review of Chiara, Health Literacy: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice.  IGI Global, 2017.

Leiningen, Cheryl (2016) Review of Spencer, D., Navigating Life with Epilepsy.  Oxford University, 2016.

Leiningen, Cheryl (2016) Review of Bickley, L., Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking, 12th Edition, Wolters Kluwer, 2017.

Leiningen, Cheryl (2016) Review of Livingstone, J.B., Relationship Power in Health Care: Science of Behavior Change, Decision-Making and Clinician Self-Care.  CRC Press, 2016.

Leiningen, Cheryl (2016) Review of Omnigraphics, Gastrointestinal Diseases and Disorders Sourcebook, 3rd Edition. Omnigraphics, 2016.

Leiningen, Cheryl (2015) Review of Gordon, M., Manual of Nursing Diagnosis, 13th Edition. Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016.

Leiningen, Cheryl (2015) Review of Jarvis, C., Pocket Companion for Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 7th Edition. Saunders, 2016.

Leiningen, Cheryl (2015) Review of Ahlskog, J. E., The New Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Book: Partnering with Your Doctor To Get the Most from Your Medications, 2nd Edition.  Oxford

University Press, Inc., 2015.

Presentations/Invited Talks

September 2018- Presented at The 11th National Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference, Rancho Mirage, Ca.  Managing Post-Partum Mood and Anxiety Disorders: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach

May 2018- Presented at The 39th Annual International Association for Human Caring Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Empathy in Nursing

January 2017- Presented at RWJ Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at UNM, Coronado, California.  LGBT Health Policy in Graduate Level Nursing Education

September 2016- Presented at the World Parkinson’s Congress, Portland, Oregon.  Meet Val and Holly:  A 15-week journey through the eyes of a couple dealing with the challenges of dealing with life with Parkinson’s disease.

April 2015- Presented at Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Research Day- Lambda Delta Chapter, Monmouth University, The Impact of Bullying on Nursing.

April 2015- Accepted to present at the Mayo Clinic Advanced Practice Nursing Conference, Rochester, MN.  LGBT Health, “What I Wish They Would Have Taught Me in Nursing School.”

October 2014- Accepted to present at the Fourth International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector, Miami, Fla. Impact of Bullying in our Workplace.

November 2013- Accepted to present at The Hawaii Nursing & Nurse Educator Conference; The Impact of Bullying on our Nurses

October 2013- Presented at the 40th Annual National Conference on Professional Nursing Education and Development Lessons from Oz:  Assuring Capabilities for Future Nursing Education & Practice, Kansas City, MO.  The WIKI Witch of the West

July 2013- Nurse Practitioner Skills Boot Camp, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey.  Clinical Decision Making and Interpretation of Lab Values

June 2013- Nursing Network on Violence against Women International Conference, Vancouver, Canada.  The Impact of Bullying in Nursing

September 2011 – Presentation at the NLN Educational Summit, Orlando, FL. A Virtual Trip to Uganda: Understanding Global Health Issues

September 2010- Presentation at the NLN Education Summit, Las Vegas, NV: Teacher as Learner: A Unique, Successful Mentorship Model

Professional Associations

Member, Sigma Theta Tau International

Member, New Jersey State Nurses Association

NLN National League for Nursing

National Organization of Nurse Practitioners Faculties NONPF

Member, National Athletic Trainers’ Association

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner


Frequently Taught Classes

  • Advanced Health Assessment (NU 535)
  • Advanced Practice Nursing I: Adult Gerontology (NU 621)
  • Advanced Practice Nursing II: Adult Gerontology (NU 623)
  • Advanced Practice Nursing Practicum I: Adult-Gerontology (NU 622P)
  • Advanced Practice Nursing Practicum: Adult Gerontology (NU 624P)
  • Advanced Practice Nursing Seminar I: Adult Gerontology (NU 622S)
  • Advanced Practice Nursing Seminar II: Adult Gerontology (NU 624S)
  • Becoming a Home Health Aide (HE 200)
  • Factors Affecting Healthcare (NU 508)
  • Factors Affecting Healthcare I (NU 508)

Recently Taught Classes

2021 Fall

2021 Summer C

2021 Summer B

2021 Spring

2020 Fall

2020 Summer C

2020 Spring

2019 Fall

2019 Summer C

2019 Spring