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Cynthia Taylor Handrup, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor

Director, Primary Care Mental Health Concentration

Department of Population Health Nursing Science


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1052 NURS


845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612

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Dr. Handrup teaches in the PMHNP DNP program. She holds a BS in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island, an MS in Nursing from St. Xavier University, Chicago, IL and a DNP from the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Handrup is certified as an ANCC Clinical Specialist in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. She has practiced as an advanced psychiatric nurse clinician, manager and administrator in psychiatric hospitals, an educator in psychiatric nursing, and a psychotherapist. Dr. Handrup currently maintains a clinical practice is a multidisciplinary group psychiatric practice and is the President of the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health & Social Justice (Formerly the American Orthopsychiatric Association). Dr. Handrup’s clinical scholarship is in therapeutic alliance, psychotherapy outcomes, teaching therapy & empathy skills, and global mental health and social justice issues.

Selected Publications

  • Handrup, C.T. (2020). Understanding Bipolar Disorder. American Nurse, 15 (11), 26-30.
  • Gil-Rivas, V., Handrup, C.T., Tanner, E., & Walker D.K. (2019). Global Mental Health: A Call for Action. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 89(4), 420-425.
  • Snyder, M. and Handrup, C.T. (2018). Challenges in Treatment of Comorbid Chronic Pain, Depression, and Anxiety. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 56 (12): 17-21.
  • Woroch, R.A., Alvarez, D.V., Yingling, C, & Handrup, C.T. (2018) FNP/PMHNP collaboration in drug-seeking telephone simulation in APRN curriculum. Clinical Simulation in Nursing. 18, 14-19.
  • Handrup, C. (2015). Managing treatment failures in depression, bipolar disorders, and personality disorders. When medication is not enough. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 21, 60-61.
  • Posmontier, B., Breiter, D., Cartier, J., Dilks, S., Esposito, N., Handrup, C., … Newton, M. (2013). ISPN DNP Task Force on the DNP. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. 27, 56-­60.
  • Delaney, K.R. and Handrup, C.T. (2011). Psychiatric mental health nursing’s psychotherapy role: Are we letting it slip away? Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 25, 303­-305.

Service to Community



Professional Leadership

President, Global Alliance for Behavioral Health & Social Justice

Board Member, International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses, Foundation Board

Notable Honors

2017, Daisy Foundation Faculty Award, University of Illinois at Chicago

2014, Clinical Practice Award, Intl. Society of Psychiatric Nurses

2014, Preceptor Award PMHNP Program, University of Illinois at Chicago

2010, Research Award, Heart and Soul of Change CDOI


BS in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island.
MS in Nursing from St. Xavier University, Chicago, IL.
DNP from the University of Colorado Denver.

Licensures and Certifications

APRN (Full Practice Authority) - State of Illinois

State Controlled Substance  - State of Illinois

DEA  Registration - DOJ

Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Specialist -ANCC

Professional Memberships

American Psychiatric Nurses Association

American Nurses Association

Academy for Eating Disorders

Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice (Formerly American Ortho Psychiatric Association)

Illinois Nurses Association

Illinois Society of Advanced Practice Nurses

International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

Sigma Theta Tau

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties

Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division)

Mental Health Liaison Group