Cynthia G. Ayres

PhD, RN, FNAP
Associate Professor
Cindy-Ayres
Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden
530 Federal Street
Room 335
Camden, NJ 08102
Phone 
(856) 225-6792

Education 
PhD: Rutgers University—Newark Graduate School, 2002
MS (Nursing): Rutgers University—Newark Graduate School, 1996
BS (Nursing): Rutgers University—Newark College of Nursing, 1994
Expertise 
Health promotion
Disease prevention
Child and adolescent health
Emerging young adults
Health disparities
Subtance use
Adolescent opioid use
Health responsibility
Biography 

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

Selected Publications 

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.

Funding - Internal 

Rutgers Committee of Institutional Equity and Diversity, Opioid use of adolescents, Principal Investigator, AY 2017-2018

Funding - External 

2018-ongoing Sigma Theta Tau Research Grant. (2018). STrengthen Opioid Prevention Project (STOPP): Understanding opioid use and initial step to recovery. Principal Investigator.

Honors and Distinctions 

Fellowships

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

Editorial Activities

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

Certifications 
Registered Nurse, State of New Jersey
Professional Organizations 
American Association of Critical Care Nurses
National Academies of Practice
Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS)
Philippine Nurses Association of America
Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey
New Jersey Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan (NJCCP), Evaluation Committee Member
Sigma Theta Tau International, Eta Mu Chapter