College of Nursing

Cynthia Corbett

Cynthia Corbett

Associate Dean for Research, Professor
Cynthia Corbett
Associate Dean for Research, Professor
SNRS 121
(509) 324-7404
WSU College of Nursing
SNRS 121
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495

Cindy Corbett is currently professor and Associate Dean for Research at Washington State University College of Nursing. Dr. Corbett’s research activities focus on strategies to improve chronic illness self-management and patient safety. Her research to improve the safe use of medications has been funded by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Research and Education Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institutes of Health, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Dr. Corbett is currently the PI for a R01 funded by the National Institute on Aging which is evaluating the effect of a chronic care management intervention on participants’ abilities to engage in self-management and on their pattern of acute care use. During her tenure at Washington State University, Dr. Corbett’s teaching roles have included undergraduate, masters and PhD coursework and advising/mentoring. Past administrative roles include faculty coordinator for the nursing PhD program (2010-2012) and interim dean (2015-2016). Her service activities to the University include current membership on the Presidential Honorary Doctoral Degree Committee and the Grade Appeals Board. She is a former member of the Provost’s Promotion and Tenure Committee, the Graduate Studies Committee, the Graduate Education Commission, and the WSU IRB. She currently serves on several health care-related advisory boards and research committees. In 2016, Dr. Corbett was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and selected as a member of the Western Institute of Nursing.


  • PhD, Loyola University, Chicago, IL
  • MSN, Whitworth College, Spokane, WA
  • BSN, Carroll College, Helena, MT



Managing multiple chronic health conditions, care transitions, patient safety, medication safety, improving outcomes via health system delivery innovations


  • American Academy of Nursing
  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • American Nurses Association
  • Western Institute of Nursing
  • American Society of Nephrology


  • Providence VNA Home Health Care Supporter of the Year Award, 2011
  • Washington State University Spokane Faculty Excellence Award, 2009
  • Sigma Theta Tau Delta Chi Chapter, Nurse Excellence Award for Research, 2009
  • Sigma Theta Tau Delta Chi Chapter, Nurse Excellence Award for Leadership, 2005


Watson, D., Corbett, C.F., Oneal,G., Daratha, K.B. (In press)Reducing Surgery Scheduling Errors in Multi-Hospital System. Journal of Patient Safety.

Corbett, C.F., Dupler, A.E., Smith, S., Setter, S.M., Balogh, E.M., & Bolkan C.R. (In Press). Transitional care medication safety: Stakeholders’ perspectives. AHRQ Advances in Patient Safety and Medical Liability.

Neumiller, J.J., Setter, S.M., White, A.M., Corbett, C.F., Weeks, D.L., Daratha, K., & Collins J.B. (in press). Medication discrepancies and potential adverse drug events during transfer of care from hospital to home. AHRQ Advances in Patient Safety and Medical Liability.

Alicic, R., Short, R., Corbett, C., Neumiller, J., Gates, B., Daratha, K., Barbosa-Leiker, C., McPherson, S., Tuttle, K. (2016). Study design and baseline characteristics in the Chronic Kidney Disease-Medication Intervention in Transitional Care clinical trial. American Journal of Nephrology, 44, 122-129.

Fritz, R.L., Corbett, C.F., Vandermause, R., & Cook, D. (In Press). The influence of culture on older adults’ adoption of smart home monitoring. Gerontechnology.

Vandermause, R., Neumiller, J., Altman, M., Tuttle, K., Corbett, C.F. (2016). Preserving self: Medication-taking practices and preferences of older adults with multiple chronic conditions. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 48(6), 533-542

Schenk, E., Corbett, C., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Postma, J., &. Butterfield, P. (2016). Psychometric properties of the Nurses’ Environmental Awareness Tool (NEAT). Journal of Nursing Measurement, E55-E71.

Schenk, E., Butterfield, P.G., Postma, J., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Corbett, C.F. (2015). Creating the Nurses’ Environmental Awareness Tool (NEAT). Workplace Health & Safety, 63(9), 381-391.

Wilson, M., Roll, J., Corbett, C., & Barbosa-Leiker, C. (2015). Empowering patients with persistent pain using an Internet-based self-management program. Pain Management Nursing. 16(4), 503-514.


updated 1/10/17

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