Eugenia Millender

Associate Professor
Eugenia Millender

Contact Information

Office Location
SCN 433
(850) 644-2854
(850) 644-7660


PhD, Florida Atlantic University
MS, Florida Atlantic University
BSN, Florida Atlantic University
AA, College of Lake County



Epigenetics:  Columbia University, June 2019

Genetics Training:  NIH-NINR- the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences Summer Genetic Institute, June 2018

Post-Doctoral Fellow, HIV/AIDS and Mental Health, University of Washington, 2018-2020

The Dartmouth Institute Microsystem Academy Coaching program, eCoach-the-Coach:  Dartmouth Institute, 2016

The Dartmouth Institute Microsystem Academy Coaching program, Credentialed Microsystem Coach, Level 1 Share Decision Approach Master Trainer:  Dartmouth Institute, 2016

Share Decision Approach Master Trainer:  AHRQ, 2015

TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer for Primary Care Conducting Research in Difficult Times Collaborating in an Evolving Health Care System:  Duke Medicine, 2015

Big Data in Symptoms Research Methodologies Boot Camp:  NIH-NINR - the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, 2015 

Pre-Doctoral Fellow SAMHSA/ANA; 2008-2013

Post-Graduate Certificate (Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner) – Rush University; 2011 

Register Nurse
Advance Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner license
DATA 2000 waiver to prescribe Buprenorphine
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) 
National Provider Identifier
Certified Diabetes Educator 



Dr. Eugenia Millender is currently an Associate Professor at Florida State University College of Nursing and at the college’s Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity. She is also the graduate coordinator for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certificate program. As an indigenous Afro-Caribbean Latina nurse scientist, Dr. Eugenia Millender’s career has been dedicated to increasing access to mental health equity, and providing culturally appropriate care. Dr. Millender’s program of research is to investigate ways to reduce mental health disparities among indigenous and vulnerable populations that is the result of stress and trauma. She does so by working with community-based organizations and employing her expertise in mood disorders, stress, trauma and substance abuse and how these are expressed through gene-environment interaction.    



2018    Distinguished Graduate Award, Florida Atlantic University, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing

2016    Community Leadership Award for Decreasing Health Disparities among Vulnerable Populations Presented by The Northwest Community Consortium, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL

2015    Ending Homelessness Award, The Lord’s Place Annual Breakfast – Out of the Shadows, Presented by The Lord’s Place Homeless Inc., West Palm Beach, FL

2015    Hispanic Women of Distinction, 14th Annual Awards Luncheon – Excellence in Community Service, Presented by Bank of America and Latina Style Magazine

2015    Association of Black Nursing Faculty, Inc., 28th Annual Meeting and Scientific

2015    Conference – Excellence in Community Service and Engagement Award Palm Beach County Alumni Chapter Bethune-Cookman University, 11th Annual HBCU     Scholarship Luncheon - Honoree

2015    National Coalition of 100 Black Women – West Palm Beach Chapter, 2015 HERStory Award Honoree

2013    Selected one of the Most Powerful and Influential Black Professionals in Business and Industry for 2013 by Legacy Palm Beach, Palm Beach Post

2013    Heroes in Medicine, Health Care Provider Hero Category Finalist, Palm Beach County Medical Society

2013    Women of Excellence Award Winner, Health and Wellness Category, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, West Palm Beach Alumnae Chapter



Millender, E., Valentine, K., Eggenberger, T., Lucier, C., Sandala, H., & Bruneau, D. (In Review). Implementing Interprofessional Collaboration to Improve Patient Outcomes: A Caring and Social Approach to Integrated Nurse-Led Community Based-Care.

Eggenberger, T., Millender, E., Drowos, J., Parent, N., & Bruneau, D. (In Review).
Interprofessional Education and Practice Guides: Developing Interprofessional Community- Based Clinical Experience. Journal of Interprofessional Care.

Lowe, J., Wagner, E., Morris, S. L., Thompson, M., Sawant, M., Kelley, & Millender, E. (2019). Utility of the Native-Reliance Theoretical Framework, Model, and Questionnaire. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 26(2). 

Drowos, J.L., Eggenberger, T., Millender, E. (2019). "Developing Interprofessional Skills through Clinical Care of the Underserved Using the TeamSTEPPS Framework" National Family Medicine Clerkship Curriculum.

Millender, E. & Dunphy, L. Anxiety, Stress, and Trauma-Related Disorders, Chapter 68. (2019). In Dunphy, L.M., Winland-Brown, J.E., Thomas, D.E., Porter, B. Primary Care: The Art and Science of Advanced Practice Nursing, 5th Ed, Philadelphia: FA Davis Co.

Drowos, J.L., Eggenberger, T., Millender, E. (2016). The Future Health Care Workforce: Interprofessional Education in Community Settings. Journal of Community and Public Health Nursing. 2(3), DOI: 10.4172/jcphn.1000126

Millender, E. & Lowe, J. (2016). Cumulative Trauma among Mayas Living in Southeast Florida. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. DOI: 10.1007/s10903-015-0337-3

Millender, E., Lowe, J. & Liehr, P. (2015). What’s in a Name? Hispanic Immigrant - Refugee Identity Crisis: Focus on Mayas. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 11(2), 191-198.

Valentine, K, Ordonez, M & Millender, E. (2014). Transforming Practice through Embracing Caring in Nurse-Managed Centers. International Association of Human Caring Journal, 18(3), 52-64.



Joyce, J., & Muszynski.  FSU U54 NIH Subcontract proposal entitled “Transforming and Translating Discovery to Improve Health” submitted by University of Florida. April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2024, amount $21 Million (funded). Role: Steering Advisory Committee Member (5% effort) 

Millender, E.  Indigenous HIV/AIDS and Mental Health Research Training program.  Post-Doctoral Training. R25 program (under PAR-06-494; Award Number: R25MH084565), April 2018 – April 2020, amount: $20,000 (funded). Role: PI

Lowe, J., & Millender, E.  The Talking Circle for Young Adults (TC4YA). Hillman Foundation. January 2019 – December 2019. Amount $150,000 (funded). Role: co-PI

Millender, E. Psychiatric Metal Health Nurse Practitioner Program. Quantum Foundation, 6/10/17 – 8/6/17; $199,160.00 (funded). Role: Program Director/PI

Millender, E. Increasing Access to Integrated Nurse-Led Primary and Behavioral Care. Farris Foundation; $600,000; 7/1/16-8/6/17 (funded). Role: Program Director/PI. 

Millender, E. Utilizing Evidence-base programs to increase health equity for clients living with mental disorders. Quantum Foundation; $85,000; 7/1/16-6/30/17 (funded). Role: Program Director/PI

Millender, E. FAU Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing – Community Nurse Lead Care. Agency for Health Care Administration Divisions of Health Quality Assurance Community and Primary Care Services; $651,000; 7/1/16-6/30/17 (funded). Role: Program Director/PI.

Millender, E. Innovation in Access to Diabetes Care through Interprofessional Collaborative Practice. 7/1/14 – 6/30/17; $1,500,000 by Health Resources and Services Administration; (funded). Role: Program Director/PI

Millender, E. Increasing Access to Diabetes and Cardiovascular Care with Early Screening and Community Collaboration. Florida Department of Health Office of Minority Health; 7/1/14 – 8/6/17; $640,194 (funded). Role: Program Director/PI

Millender, E. FAU Community Health Center grant, 7/1/14-12/30/15; $205,000 by Quantum Foundation; (funded). Role: Program Director/PI