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Ernestine Cuellar, RN, PhD, CNS, BC, WHCNP, BC (2010)
Associate Professor (School of Medicine)
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Dr. Cuellar earned her doctorate from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). At the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (UTHSCSA) she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and a Master's Degree in Mental Health Nursing. Her career in nursing began at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia where she earned an Associate Degree in Nursing. Dr. Cuellar is an Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner certified by the National Certification Center. Currently, her research and scholarship interests include promoting emotional resiliency in medical personnel assigned to war zones. Her research with resiliency in mothers of preterm infants was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) National Institute for Nursing Research. As an educator Dr. Cuellar previously taught at Texas A & M University Corpus Christi School of Nursing and at the Victoria College Associate Degree Nursing program. She has participated in nursing organizations at the local, state, and national levels through service as an officer in component organizations of the American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing. Recently she was inducted into the UTMB Master Teacher’s Academy. Dr. Cuellar is the recipient of the Alice O. Stubblefield Professorship. The Sojourner Truth Meritorious Service Award was presented to Dr. Cuellar by the National Association of Negro Business Women’s Clubs. In addition she was inducted into the UTMB Alumni Association Hall of Fame. While completing the graduate student internship in the inpatient Mental Health Department at the Audie Murphy Veteran’s Hospital in San Antonio Dr. Cuellar received the Excellence in Clinical Practice Award presented by Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Alpha Chapter and the UTHSCSA Alumni Association. Her previous employment includes numerous administrative roles in mental health and maternity nursing in Virginia, Florida, and Texas. While in Iraq Dr. Cuellar was assigned as a Mental Health Nurse and the Professional Services Flight Commander; she worked in collaboration with the United States Army Mental Health services. Currently Dr. Cuellar is a Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserves where she is the Mental Health Nursing Consultant to the Air Force Reserve Command Nurse assigned to the Surgeon General’s Office, and is also the Air Force Reserve Command Mental Health Nurse Functional Manager in the Interdisciplinary Behavioral Health Program. Dr. Cuellar serves as course coordinator and subject matter expert for the Air Force Reserve Command Mental Health interdisciplinary training department. In addition she is currently Program Director for Suicide and Violence Prevention training for over 3500 military and civilian personnel at the 433d Alamo Wing at Lackland Air Force Base and the 433d Aeromedical Staging Squadron Mental Health Program Director.

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