Chrystal Lewis, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
Adult Health Nursing

Research Interests
  • Healthcare Decision Making

    Effects of Traumatic Stress on health care decision making
  • Families of ICU patients

  • Psychological Distress in critically ill patients and families

  • Palliative and End of Life Care

    Education of Health Care Providers
    Utilization of Palliative care
  • Rare Diseases

    Diagnosis journey
    Management of rare diseases
    Acute treatment behaviors and decision making
  • Ethics

  • Needs assessment

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing; University of Missouri – St. Louis; May 2015
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator; University of Missouri – St. Louis; August, 2009
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing; University of Alabama at Birmingham; May 2007

Selected Publications
  • Taylor, J. Z. & Lewis, C. L. (2018). Counseling adults with food allergies after an anaphylactic reaction: An application of emotion-focused therapy. Journal of Mental Health Counseling 40 (1), 14-25.
  • Lewis, C. L. & Taylor, J. Z. (2017). Impact of prior ICU experience on ICU patient family members' psychological distress: A descriptive study. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 43, 129-135. doi: 10.1016/j.iccn.2017.09.008.
  • Holt, C., Dearmon, V., Lawerence, S., Lewis, C., & Skotzko, C. E. (2016). Implementing an evidence based practice protocol: A quality improvement project. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 32 (3), 234-241. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000231

Ongoing Research Support
  • 2018 Lewis, C. L., Moore, E., & Riley, B. Palliative Care Needs for Patients with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and their Caregivers: A Pilot Study. University of South Alabama College of Nursing Dean’s Grant. Funded $5,000.
  • 2017 Lewis, C. L. Utilization of TBL to Teach Healthcare Ethics to Undergraduate Nursing Students. University of South Alabama Innovation and Learning Center Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant. Funded $1,000.
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Honors and Awards
  • Claypool Scholar, University of Missouri – St. Louis, 2011.
  • Mary Reardon Castles Award, University of Missouri – St. Louis, 2009


Doctoral Courses

  • Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice, NU 607
  • EBP & Quality Improvement HCS, NU 608
    Organizational & System Leadership, NU 613
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Certifications and Affiliations
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
  • Member, Next Generation Leader Task Force, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Gulf Coast Organization of Nurse Executives
  • End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Train the Trainer
  • University Hospital Nursing Practice Congress, Faculty Advisor
  • University Hospital Evidence Based Practice Committee, Faculty Advisor
  • Affiliate Faculty, Gulf Coast Behavioral Health & Resiliency Center