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Kala A. Christopherson


Track Co-Coordinator, Family Nurse Practitioner

Assistant Professor

Department of Graduate Studies

Kala Christopherson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, is a Family Nurse Practitioner Track Co-coordinator and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing for the Department of Graduate Studies at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston. She has been with the Cizik School of Nursing since 2013 teaching in the Master of Science in Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner programs. In 2023 she was recognized by the Cizik School of Nursing with the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty for her contributions to the future of nursing.

She has a background as a Family Nurse Practitioner working with the underserved community and with oncology focused on Multiple Myeloma, Leukemia and Lymphoma. She currently continues her passion for patient healthcare by volunteering at a clinic for the under resourced in North Houston.

Highlighted publications and presentations:

Christopherson, K., & Kobeissi, M. (2023). Applying Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines in Primary Care: A Heart Failure Scenario. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. Accepted 11/2023.

Kobeissi, M. M., Christopherson, K., Kearney, K., & Aggarwal, S. (2021). Expanding clinical education during a time of crisis: Innovative virtual simulation. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 56, 117-120.

Cook, M., & Christopherson, K. (2021). Pain management guidelines: Acute pain. In J.C. Cash, C.A. Glass, & J. Mullen (Eds.), Family Practice Guidelines (5th ed.), pp. 59-61.  New York, NY: Springer.

Rival P, Kota V, Zakharia Y, Carter G, Christopherson K, Awan FT, Patin JM, Jillella AP. Congestive heart failure (CHF) in acute myeloid leukemia patients during induction. Journal of clinical oncology: official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. 2013; 31(15).    

Peer-reviewed podium presentation. Christopherson, K. (2023). Evidence based heart failure strategies for NPs. Texas Nurse Practitioners 25th Annual Fall Conference. Dallas, TX. (In person and virtual). September 2023.

Peer-reviewed podium presentation. Christopherson, K., Lawson, R., Kahvechi, K., & Johnson, R. (2023). Strategies to enhance preceptor development and NP student clinical experiences: Results from the NONPF preceptor committee. NONPF 49th Annual Conference.  Orlando, FL. April 2023.


Texas Woman’s University, Houston, TX
Doctorate of Nursing Practice
December 2016

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Master of Science in Nursing
August 2005

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Bachelor of Science – Community Health
August 2003

Clinical/Research Focus

Dr. Christopherson’s clinical/research focus includes graduate education strategies, NP clinical education, and chronic disease management. She also has worked with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board to write and analyze board certification exams and the National Organization of Nurse Faculties in to support NP faculty by organizing and developing clinical preceptor resources and benefits.