Dr. Cynthia Ayres investigates health promotion and disease prevention activities in children, adolescents, and young adults, as well as health disparities among diverse populations. Dr. Ayres, who holds over 20 years of experience teaching in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, serves a...read more
Pontes, N.M., Ayres, C., Lewandowski, C., Pontes, C.F. (2018). Trends in bullying victimization by gender among U.S. high school students. Research in Nursing and Health, doi.org/10.1002/nur.21868.
Ayres, C., & Pontes, N. (2017). Use of theory to examine health responsibility in urban adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Nursing: Nursing Care of Children and Families, 38, 40-45.
Ayres, C., Pontes, N.M., & Pontes, C.F. (2016). Understanding the Nonmedical Use of Prescription Medications in the U.S. High School Adolescents. The Journal of School Nursing, 33(4), 269-276. doi: 10.1177/1059840516677322
Ayres, C., Pontes, N.M., & Pontes, C.F. (2016). Factors related to substance use among U.S. high school adolescents. Journal of Nursing Practice Applications and Reviews of Nursing Research, 7(1), 46-55. doi: 10.13178/jnparr.2017.0701.0706
Ayres, C., Jurado, L.F., Norris, S., & Mahat, G. (2016). An investigation of the relationships between acculturation and specific health practices in Asian Americans. Journal of Nursing Practice Applications and Reviews of Nursing Research, 6(1), 4-9. doi: 10.13178/jnparr.2016.0601.0216
Norris, S. & Ayres, C. (2015). Factors influencing the health promoting physical activity behaviors of diverse urban adolescents. Journal of Nursing Practice Applications and Reviews of Nursing Research, 6(1), 16-23. doi: 10.13178/jnparr.2016.0601.0316
Mahat, G., Scoloveno, M., & Ayres, C. (2014). Comparison of adolescents’ HIV/AIDS knowledge and self-efficacy across two cultures. Journal of Cultural Diversity: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 21(4), 152-158.
Norris, S. & Ayres, C. (2014). Health beliefs and practices among urban adolescents: A pilot study. Journal of Nursing Practice Applications & Reviews of Nursing Research, 4(1), 68-76.
Mahat, G., Scoloveno, M., & Ayres, C. (2013). Impact of HIV/AID peer education program on peer educators. Journal of Nursing Practice Applications & Reviews of Nursing Research, 3(2), 61-72.
Ayres, C., & Mahat, G., & Atkins, R. (2013). Testing theoretical relationships: Factors influencing
positive health practices in Filipino adolescents. Journal of American College Health, 61(2), 88-94.
Ayres, C., Mahat, G., Atkins, R., & Norris, S. (2013). Social support as a mediator of the relationship between self-esteem and positive health practices: Implications for practice. Journal of Nursing Practice Applications & Reviews of Nursing Research, 3(1), 15-21.
Atkins, R., Sulik, M., Hart, D., Ayres, C., & Read, N. (2012). The effects of school poverty on adolescents’ sexual health knowledge. Research in Nursing and Health, 35, 231-241.
Ayres, C., Mahat, G. (2012). Social support, acculturation and optimism: Understanding positive health practices in Asian Adolescents, Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 23(3), 270-278.
Ayres, C. (2013). Clinical preventive services delivery in nursing. In J.J. Fitzpatrick & M. Wallace (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Nursing Research (3rd ed). New York: Springer Publishing Company.
Rutgers Committee of Institutional Equity and Diversity, Opioid use of adolescents, Principal Investigator, AY 2017-2018
2018-ongoing Sigma Theta Tau Research Grant. (2018). STrengthen Opioid Prevention Project (STOPP): Understanding opioid use and initial step to recovery. Principal Investigator.
2007-ongoing — Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP), Nursing Academy
2014-ongoing — Center for Urban Youth and Families (CUYF), School of Nursing (RBHS), Center Member, Research Faculty Fellow
2014 — Leadership in Academic Nursing Program (LANP) Fellow, American Association of Colleges of Nursing
2014 — Digital Teaching Fellow, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Camden
2013 — Faculty Civic Engagement Fellow, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Camden
Professional Awards and Honors
Invited Plenary Address, Philippine Nurses Association of America, 39th Annual PNAA National Convention, Jersey City, New Jersey
2016 — Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence, Rutgers University—Camden
2015 — Sigma Theta Tau, Eta Mu Chapter, Rutgers School of Nursing—Camden
Term begins July 2018 — Appointed Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Nursing Practice Applications & Reviews of Nursing Research, the official international peer-reviewed academic journal of the PNAA
2016 to 2018 — Associate Editor, Journal of Nursing Practice Applications & Reviews of Nursing Research