Eugenia Millender, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, CDE

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Dr. Millender’s program of research is to investigate ways to reduce health disparities among indigenous and vulnerable populations that is the result of stress and trauma.  Dr. Eugenia Millender is currently an Associate Professor at Florida State University College of Nursing and at the college’s Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity. She is also the graduate coordinator for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certificate program. As an indigenous Afro-Caribbean Latina nurse scientist, Dr. Eugenia Millender’s career has been dedicated to increasing access to quality care, decreasing physical and mental disparities, and providing a culturally appropriate care. Armed with deep community connections, more than 20 years of experience working with and leading community-based teams, and her dual faculty appointment at FSU and the FSU Republic of Panama, she is able to provide quality care and bridge the gap in health disparities across both local and international borders. In 2018, Dr. Millender founded Caring 4 All of You, Inc., a corporation that assists inter-professional teams in providing holistic care by integrating nursing, mental health and well-being and tele-psychiatry. Thus, she adds entrepreneur to scientist, community leader and advocate. In summary, Dr. Millender’s research focus is studying the efficacy of culturally relevant mental health and substance abuse interventions in social service and primary care settings to mitigate or prevent mental health disparities. In addition, her research explores how these interventions influence trans-generational mental and physical health disparities among minority and underserved groups.  She does so by working with community-based organizations and employing her expertise in mood disorders, stress, trauma and substance abuse and how these are expressed through gene-environment interaction.