Eugenia Millender

PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, CDE

Eugenia Millender, Ph.D., RN, PMHNP-BC, CDE, is currently the Co-Founding Director and Associate Director of the Center for Population Sciences and Health Equity at Florida State University. This research center was created to lead and implement community-engaged, scientific, operational research and practice using population sciences principles and tools that promote health equity among marginalized, underserved, and vulnerable populations both nationally and internationally. She is also an Associate Professor at the College of Nursing, Florida State University. Previously, Dr. Millender was a Research Associate Professor for the Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity (INRHE) at Florida State University. 
 

“Titles and accomplishments frequently measure excellence, but so often heart, passion, and commitment are ignored. I decided to use the latter to advance well-being in Palm Beach County. I challenge myself to become an influential motive of change within my community. In advocating for change, you must first place yourself in areas where you can make a difference. My personal family experience with the health system motivates me to be an agent of change to achieve collective impact and to deal with social inequalities. My passion in regards to this topic comes from within. As a member of this population, I was fortunate enough to prevail against those odd. I feel compelled to be the voice for those who cannot speak.”

 -- Dr. Eugenia Millender, MFP/ANA Alumna, Class of 2013 

National Advisory Committee

Dr. Millender’s research program is to investigate ways to reduce mental health and substance use disparities related to stress and trauma among indigenous and vulnerable populations.  Dr. Millender’s research focus is on studying the efficacy of culturally relevant surveillance and interventions in community settings to mitigate or prevent mental health and substance abuse disparities. Her research also explores how these interventions influence trans-generational psychological and physical health disparities among minority and underserved groups. She does so by working with community-based organizations and inter-professional teams and employing her expertise in mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and trauma, and how these are expressed through gene-environment interaction. 

As an indigenous Afro-Latina nurse scientist, Dr. Eugenia Millender’s career has been dedicated to increasing access to quality care, decreasing co-occurring mental disparities and cardiovascular disease, and providing culturally appropriate care. Armed with deep community connections and more than 20 years of experience working with and leading community-based teams, she is able to 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 telepsychiatry. 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.

Dr. Millender currently serves on several national professional organizational Boards of Directors such as the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) as Member-At-Large. She is also a member of the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice Global Mental Health Task Force to promote social justice and human rights and reduce behavioral health disparities. Also, she serves on several community boards, including the Center for Child Counseling (Vice-chair; 2013–present), EmpowHER of the Palm Beaches (advisory board; 2017–present), and the Mental Health Council of Leon County (advisory board; 2018–present).   

Dr. Millender is a CHAMPION for great health and wellness causes, an ADVOCATE for policy change, and a LEADER in raising awareness of significant health issues regarding mental health.

Contributions to Science