Christine Stevens, RN, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Campus Box
University of Washington Seattle

Dr. Christine Stevens is an associate professor in the UW Tacoma Nursing and Healthcare programs. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science from the University of Washington. Her research focuses on social justice and how structural disadvantages affect health especially in low-income residents and adolescent populations focusing on housing and food insecurity.  Dr. Stevens uses participatory research to develop long-term relationships with communities and partners with residents to develop interventions that are relevant at the local level.

Her teaching focuses on the social determinants of health, using social marketing to address social justice in communities, exploring how popular film and media construct our view of adolescents especially in terms of race, class, and gender. She was given the UWT Distinguished Teaching award in 2012 and featured in the Provost 2014 series of Innovators among us: Using technology to engage students.

Stevens (July 2019) How to Engage Faculty on Campuses in Emergency Aid Programs. NASPA National Association of Student Administrators in Higher Education.

Stevens (June 2018) NPR interview: Food Insecurity Is A Growing Obstacle For College Students

Representative Derek Kilmer and Stevens, C.(May 2018) Facebook live chat about Farm Bill and Food insecurity in College Students

UWT ledger (April 2018) Efforts made to combat student food and housing insecurity

UW News (March 2018) Christine Stevens co-leads tri-campus survey on student housing, food insecurity

Stevens, C & McNair, R (September 2017) Homelessness in Tacoma and work of MDC

Stevens, C. (October 2014). Health Centers and Academic Institutions: Promising Practices for Successful Collaborations. National Healthcare for the Homeless. Council

Stevens, C (2011) (Film produced/Grant funded) University and Homeless agency collaborations

Scholarly Interests
  • Adolescent health
  • Socioeconomic influences on adolescent health
  • Public housing and health
  • Using technology in adolescent research
  • Food insecurity in adolescent populations
  • Healthcare for the homeless
  • Social marketing
  • Qualitative methods
  • Visual methods in research
  • Critical social theory
  • Community evaluation
Honors and Awards
  • 2018 Nominee, City of Destiny
  • 2017 Distinguished Community Engagement Award
  • 2015 Community Partner Award, Salishan Community Health Advocates
  • 2015 Featured in Provost report on Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century report
  • 2015 Students Choice: Outstanding faculty (OSCAR)
  • 2014 Featured for teaching in Provost report on Trends and Issues in Higher Education
  • 2014 Innovators among us: Using Technology to engage students: featured in Provost Report
  • 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award, UW Tacoma
  • 2010 Hooding Speaker for Master of Nursing: Faculty selected by students
  • 2009 National League of Nursing, Scholarly Writing
  • 2009 Nominee, Distinguished Teaching Award, UW Tacoma
  • 2008 Nominee, Women of Influence, WA
  • 2008 Nominee, Distinguished Teaching Award, UW Tacoma
  • 2006 Hooding Speaker: Faculty selected by student
  • 2006 Volunteer of the Year, Faith Homes Shelter for Homeless Teens, Tacoma, Washington
  • 2003 Volunteer of the Year, Faith Homes Shelter for Homeless Teens, Tacoma, Washington
Current Research

    Nov 2017-present:
     Housing vouchers to address college student housing insecurity
     Sara Goldrick Rab-Temple University
     Stevens-TCC Tacoma research partner

    July 2017-present:
     Emergency Aid
     Gates Foundation
     UWT Team

    July 2017-present:
     Tricampus Food and housing insecurity survey
     Fyall, Stevens, & Manzo, Co PIs

    Food insecurity among college students
    Principal investigator
    Nursing Founders Funding

    Healthcare for the Homeless and University Collaborations 
    National Healthcare for the Homeless Coalition

    Salishan Hope IV Evaluation
    Study of a Multi-Ethnic housing development
    PI of project

    Nurse Retention Study - Two Year Longitudinal Study
    Factors that influence new RN retention within the first two years following graduation
    Funding: Middleton Family Grant
    Stevens & Moceri, Co-PIs

    Center for the Advancement of Health Disparities, Pilot study funding
    Food insecurity of Female Head of Households (ages 15- 24)

    Principal investigator, Images and Voices: Adolescent Mothers
    Negotiating Socioeconomic Environments and Health, Dissertation, University of Washington