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Linda Wagner


Associate Professor of Nursing

Health Sciences Center

Dr. Wagner came to the University of Bridgeport in 2015 from Central Connecticut State University where she was a tenured Full Professor. She was the Chairperson of the Department of Nursing from 2008-2013 where she provided leadership for curriculum development and implementation of the new BSN program. Since arriving at the University of Bridgeport, she has provided leadership as the Associate Dean for the RN/BSN program and most recently as the Associate Dean of the BSN program.

Dr. Wagner has 30 years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate nursing students. While her clinical background is in child health, she has facilitated several community engagement activities and partnerships in the community and local school systems over the years. With a strong interest in global health, she worked collaboratively with another colleague at CCSU to establish a course abroad to Jamaica, taking students for a family/ community health trip for five years in a row. As the Associate Dean of the BSN program at UB, she has continued that interest and initiated a course abroad to the Pecs, Hungary. Dr. Wagner has experience teaching family theory, leadership and synthesis courses for BSN, RN to BSN and MSN students.

She has presented her research at the national and international level on stigma tool development and stigma in Sickle Cell Disease, as well as other studies on transitions and vulnerable populations. Other areas of research include leadership development for nursing students and the outcomes of taking nursing students on global health experiences. Her most recent research explores the experience of parents whose children are transgender.


EdD, Educational Leadership, University of Hartford; MSN, Nursing of Children, University of Pennsylvania; BSN, Western Connecticut State University


Courses Taught:
FYS 101, NURS 328


Blake, A., … Wagner, L. & Asnani, M. (2018). Stigma and Illness Uncertainty: Adding to the burden of Sickle Cell Disease, Hematology. 23(2), 122-130, DOI: 10.1080/10245332.2017.1359898

Leger, R., Wagner, L., & Odesina, V. (2017). Stigma in Sickle Cell Disease Scale Development: A pilot study in adults and family caregivers in the US and Nigeria. Submitted for publication.

2017. Reviewer for Nursing Delegation and Management of Patient Care (2nd ed.). K. Motacki and K. Burke, Elsevier.

Christensen, S., Wagner, L., Coleman, M., & Appell, D. (2017). The lived experience of having a rare medical disorder: Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome. Chronic Illness. 13(1), 62-72, DOI: 10.1177/1742395316655854.

Wagner, L. & Christensen, S. (2015). Establishment of a short-term global health nursing education experience: Impact  on students’ ways of knowing. Journal of Nursing Education, 54 (5), 295-299.

2016. Reviewer for Family Focused Nursing Care. S. Denham, S. Eggenberger, P. Young, & N. Krumwiede. F.A. Davis.

Leger, R., Wagner, L., & Odesina, V. (2009). Evidence-based practice with community participants: Select experiences with patients with Spina Bifida and Sickle Cell Disease. International Journal of Nursing in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 5(1). Available from:

Madara, B., Avery, C., Denino, V., Wagner, L., & Leger, R. (2008). Quick Look Nursing: OB/Pedi Pathophysiology. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Thompson, C. & Wagner, L. (2007). Change Agent. In K. Polifko-Harris (Ed.), Concepts of the Nursing Profession, Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Learning.

Wagner, L. (2005). Using group process to develop caring leaders. In H. Feldman & M. Greenberg (Eds.), Educating for Leadership, (pp. 126-135). New York: Springer Publishing.

Moriarty, P. & Wagner, L. (2004).  Family rituals that provide meaning for single parent families.  Journal of Family Nursing, 10(2), 190-210.

Halstead, R., Wagner, L.,Vivero, M., Ferkol, W., (2002). Conceptualizations of caring in the counseling relationship.   Counseling and Values, 47, 34-47.

Halstead, R., & Wagner, L., (2001). A consideration of caring in counseling practice, dialog, 32, Winter 2001, 5-14.

Wagner, L. D. (1997). Caring and leadership in female baccalaureate nursing students: A group process experience. University of Hartford, Hartford, CT (Unpublished doctoral dissertation).

Leichtner, A.M., Banta, J.V., Etienne, N., Schwartz, A.N., Renshaw, T.S., Solari, L.D., Ascione, J., and Hyams, J.S. (1991). Pancreatitis following scoliosis surgery in children and young adults. Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, 11(5), pp. 594-598.

March 2017 “The Lived Experience of having a Rare Medical Disorder: Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome.” S.Christensen, L. Wagner, M. Coleman. Poster Presentation. CSCU Faculty Research Conference, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT.

September 2015 “The future of healthcare and leadership challenges”. Shared Governance Retreat Day, Greenwich Hospital.

July 2015 “The lived experience of having a rare medical condition: Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome.” L. Wagner, S. Christensen, M. Coleman. Sigma Theta Tau 26th International Nursing Research Congress, San Juan, PR. Podium presentation.

June 2015 “The lived experience of having a rare medical condition: Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome.” S. Christensen, M. Coleman, L. Wagner. American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Conference, New Orleans, LA. Poster presentation.

June 2014 “Global health and nursing education: Partnering with Jamaica to care for diverse populations from a social justice framework.” S. Christensen, L. Wagner. Association of Community Health Nurse Educators Institute. San Antonio, TX. Podium presentation.

July 2013 “Stigma in Sickle Cell Disease Scale Development: A Pilot Study in adults and family/caregivers in the US and Nigeria.” L. Wagner, R. Leger, V. Odesina. Sigma Theta Tau 24th International Nursing Research Congress, Prague. Podium presentation.

November 2011 “Mutual Benefits of Shared Simulation Resources: An interdisciplinary Partnership.” L. Wagner and S. Christensen. AACN Baccalaureate Nursing Conference, St. Louis, MO. Podium presentation.

Summer 2010 First Global Congress on Sickle Cell Disease. “Stigma in adults living with Sickle Cell Disease and their family caregivers in the US and Nigeria: Stigma in SCD scale pilot.”  R. Leger, V. Odesina, L. Wagner, V. Knowlden. Accra, Ghana. Podium presentation.

June 2009    State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health. Keynote Address at: Public Health Nursing 2010:  Portals to Excellence in Practice – Part 2, Alumni Hall, CCSU.

November 2009 “Promoting Community Engagement through an Interdisciplinary Family Health Fair.” L. Wagner and S. Bochain. Podium Presentation. AACN Baccalaureate Nursing Conference, Chicago, IL.

April 2008 “Stigma in adults living with sickle cell disease and their family/caregivers’ experience in the US and Nigeria: Stigma scale development and pilot.” Leger, R. Odesina, V., Wagner, L., & Knowlden, V. Poster presentation at Lautech Hospital Osogbo, OsunState, Nigeria.

April 2008 “Stigma in adults living with sickle cell disease and their family/caregivers’ experience in the US and Nigeria: Stigma scale development and pilot.” Leger, R. Odesina, V., Wagner, L., & Knowlden, V. Poster presentation at Athena: UCONN Nursing Research Day, Storrs, CT

September 28, 2007 “Facilitating Transitions: The experience of young women with Sickle Cell Disease.” First Annual Pediatric Nursing Conference, Pediatric Nursing: Changing culture and practice. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford, CT.

September 2002 “Looking to the Future: Socializing Nursing Students as Caring Leaders.” Paper Presentation at the National League for Nursing Education Summit, Anaheim, CA.

August 2002 Pediatric Issues for Medical Interpreters. Workshop presented at Medical Interpreters Workshop, Bridgeport, CT.

April 2002 Pediatric Assessment in Training Students in Collaborative Preschool Assessment. Presented at SCSU workshop, New Haven CT.

April 2000 “Transition into Practice: Where have the graduates gone?” Paper Presentation at the Eastern Nursing Research Society Conference, Newport, RI.

April 1998 “Caring and Leadership in Female Baccalaureate Nursing Students:  A Group Process Experience.” Paper Presentation at International Caring Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

October 1996 “Caring and Leadership in Female Baccalaureate Nursing Students: A Group Process Experience.” Paper Presentation at “Making Connections:  Communication in Nursing” Conference, East Stroudsburg, PA.


Honors and Awards:
Honor Roll for Central Connecticut State University, Outstanding Teacher Award, 2013
Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing, Hartford, CT, 201Terry Bosworth Global Nursing Award, Sigma
Theta Tau, Iota Upsilon-chapter-at-large, 2014


2015 CCSU Faculty Development Grant. “The Power of Story.” Awarded $1300.00 2012 Program Administrator for CCSU site, Capital Workforce Partners, “Healthcare Careers Project.”

2012 CCSU Faculty Development Grant. “Achieving Academic Success in Nursing, Part II.”  Awarded $1500.00

2011 CCSU Faculty Development Grant. “Achieving Academic Success in Nursing.”   Awarded $2000.00

2011 CCSU Summer Curriculum Development Grant. “There’s an app for that: Hand-held devices in nursing education.” Awarded $2000.00

2010  CCSU Community Engagement Grant. “Undergraduate Nursing and Social Work student engagement with underserved high school students at the Opportunity High School, Hartford, CT: Helping urban youth: the physical, social and emotional challenges.” S. Bochain, L. Wagner, P. Hensley. Awarded $2750.00

2009 CCSU Summer Curriculum Grant. “Bridging the Gap: A summer program of academic and social support for a diverse cohort of local nursing students during their transition from high school to university education.” L. Wagner and S. Bochain. Awarded $2600.00

2009 CCSU Faculty Development Grant. “Technology: Transforming Nursing Education.” $1500.00 awarded to attend AACN Hot Issues Technology conference

2008 CCSU Summer Curriculum Grant “Caring and Community: Service Learning in  Nursing.” Awarded $1600.00

2008 CCSU UBPC Grant. “Promoting Community Engagement through an Interdisciplinary Family Health Fair at Dr. James H. Naylor School in Hartford, CT.” S. Bochain, PI, L.Wagner, K. Riem, M. Voight, CO-PI. Awarded $5020.00.

2008 CSU AAUP University Research Grant. “Transition of chronic Illness: A metasynthesis.” Awarded $1800.00 2007  CSU AAUP University Research Grant. “Family Realities of Living with a chronic genetic condition: An exploration of transition, uncertainty, and stigma.”  Awarded $4200.00

2005   SCSU Faculty Development Grant. Wagner, L., Santavenere, O., Lacey, K. “Improving best practice in the SCSU     online RN/BSN program.”  Awarded $2000.00

2005  CSU AAUP University Research Grant recipient. “Transition Experiences in Young Women with Sickle Cell Disease.” Awarded $3290.00

2004   SCSU Assessment Grant, “Assessment of a part-time cohort of nursing students.” L. Wagner, S. Bochain, M. Glendon, Awarded $1500.00

2003  Grant awarded to attend North Carolina National Training Institute’s Training of  trainers in child care health consultation, October 2003, March 2004. Awarded $2000.00

2000  Saint Joseph College Technology grant to attend a 4-day workshop on "Designing Courses for the World Wide Web.” Indiana University, Awarded $1500.00

1995  Helene Fulde Grant for Nursing Learning Center, co-author, Awarded $25,000 for Department of Nursing, Saint Joseph College