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College of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Cristy DeGregory, PhD, RN, Gerontologist

Clinical Assistant Professor
College of Nursing

Phone: 803-777-2235
Fax: 803-777-0550

College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 504
Columbia, SC 29208-4001 
United States 



Professor DeGregory received a PhD in Nursing Science from the University of South Carolina (2014) and holds a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology also from the University of South Carolina (2012). She received her Master's in Nursing Education from Drexel University (2006) and her Bachelor's in Nursing Science from the University of Pittsburgh (2002). Dissertation Title: The Effect of Multiple Gratitude Interventions on Caregivers of Persons with Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.


Professor DeGregory has been with USC since 2007. Her teaching assignments include Foundations of Nursing Practice, Acute Care Nursing of Adults I and II, Nursing Care of Older Adults, and the Senior Capstone Practicum. She has taught in lecture, clinical, laboratory, and has worked closely with the Client Simulated Laboratory.


Concept Areas:
    Alzheimer's disease
    Caregiver Support
    Optimal Aging
    Use of Simulation in Nursing Education    

Professional Service

    Geriatric Faculty Institute and Geriatric Education Consortium Member, University of South Carolina / Palmetto 
    Health, Columbia, SC
    Faculty Advisor for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Nursing Group
    Sigma Theta Tau-Alpha Xi Chapter Member
    American Nurses Association Member
    SC Nurses Association Member
    American Geriatrics Society                                                         

Professional Practice 

    Medical-Surgical Nursing
    Community Health Nursing
    Cardiac Nursing 

Publications (selected)

BuShea, C.D. and Davis, C. (2011). Evaluating Low Enrollment in the Caregiver Coaching Service Pilot in the Greenwood Community Long Term Care Area Office. Office for the Study of Aging, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina.