Academic and Professional Background:
Dr. Christopher Blackwell attended the University of Central Florida (UCF), where he performed in the UCF Marching Knights and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree in May of 2000. His undergraduate clinical specialization was in emergency/trauma nursing and from 2000-2002, he practiced as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department of Florida Hospital Orlando while also working on his Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, specializing as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in Adult Health.
He completed a residency in internal medicine and received his MSN in 2001. He then practiced as a nurse practitioner in infectious disease (ID) for Greater Orlando ID Specialists at Health Central Hospital, where he treated hospitalized patients with various communicable diseases and worked on staff in the practice's HIV and outpatient ID clinic. In August of 2002, he returned to UCF to begin work on a Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in Public Affairs. He chose Health as his major research concentration area and began conducting social science research related to health and social disparity issues for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons and completed the Ph.D. in 2005. In 2013, he completed post-graduate studies in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care at the University of Florida and an additional nurse practitioner clinical residency in critical/intensive care.
Dr. Blackwell's research has been funded through the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, UCF's College of Health & Public Affairs, Merck Pharmaceuticals, the Evelyn McKnight Research Fund through the Florida Nurses Foundation, and the E21 Creative Studio Convergence Laboratory. Most recently, he received a 5-year grant from the Gurecki Foundation to continue his scholarship on LGBT health, focusing on prevention, screening, and treatment of HIV.
He has been published in several prestigious international research and scholarly journals including Issues in Mental Health Nursing, the American Journal for Nurse Practitioners, the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, the Journal of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Research, the Journal of Health & Social Policy, the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, the American Journal of Men's Health, the Journal of Transcultural Nursing, the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Youth, the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, the Journal of Social Service Research, The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Healthcare, the Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, Public Health Nursing, Social Work in Public Health, and the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
His academic textbook publications include chapters in the Comprehensive Handbook on Social Work and Social Welfare: Human Behavior in the Social Environment (2008), Service eLearning: Educating for Citizenship (2008), The War Against Domestic Violence (2009 and 2014) and Connecting Social Policy to Fields of Practice (2013). Dr. Blackwell serves as an editorial reviewer for the Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Culture, Health, and Sexuality, Sexuality and Culture, AIDS Care, the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, the Journal of Transcultural Nursing, Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, and the American Journal of Men's Health. Dr. Blackwell is a past Consulting Editor for the Journal of American College Health and also presents his research at national and international professional conferences.
In 2016, Dr. Blackwell was inducted as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP), a career-pinnacle accolade. The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) awarded Dr. Blackwell their 2017 national award for Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Educator. He is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Golden Key National Honor Society, NONPF, and the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association, for which he is an expert representative for the profession of Nursing through public relations, media, and press outlets. In addition, he is board-certified nationally through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as both an Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP-BC) and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP-BC).
He served as the Vice Chairman on the Content Expert Panel for the ANCC Examination for Adult Nurse Practitioners until the program was retired and served as an item writer for ANCC's Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Board Certification Examination. He is also board-certified nationally as a Nurse Educator (CNE) through the National League for Nursing (NLN) and is a Commissioner on the NLN's CNE Board of Directors and writing panels for both the CNE and CNEcl exams. Dr. Blackwell is a past recipient of the Outstanding New Nurse Researcher Award by the Florida Nurses Association and was the 2014 receipient of the Central Florida March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award for his work in Public Health. He was named as one of the Top 10 Nurse Practitioners in the United States by POCN in 2018.
Dr. Blackwell is currently appointed to the Faculty of the College of Nursing at UCF. He was awarded Tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in the Fall of 2012 and became the Program Director for the College's Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program in 2016. In 2010 and 2015, he received the College of Nursing's Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award and was a College of Nursing Teaching Incentive Program Award Winner in 2011 and 2017. He won the College's Research Incentive Award in 2016 and Excellence in Research Award in 2017. Clinically, Dr. Blackwell maintains his nurse practitoner practice in pulmonary and critical care at Health Central and South Lake Hospitals in Orlando. He resides in East Orlando and lives with his partner Ricardo and their beautiful, sweet, and loving Miniature Schnauzers Millie and Max.