Christie Vourakis Faculty Photo

Christine Vourakis

Professor Emeritus PhD, RN

Programs and Courses Taught

MSN Nurse Anesthesia

N600 - Theoretical Foundations for Health Professionals

About Me

In addition to my expertise in theory (I have developed both a model and a theory) my other area of expertise is addictions. For over 30 years I have been the Editor-in-Chief of the peer reviewed international journal, the "Journal of Addictions Nursing."  I am an active consultant for the CA BRN advising them on nurses with mental health issues and impaired practice. 

I retired from SMU as a full Professor in 2006 after 25 years of teaching, and conducting research. In 2015, I was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing, for my transformative contributions to the addictions field: I was a co-editor of a seminal text, "Substance Abuse: Pharmacologic, Developmental and Clinical Perspectives" and I was the co-founder of the Journal of Addictions Nursing.


All my degrees are in Mental Health Nursing and Administration and they were obtained at different Universities across the USA

Teaching Interests

Theory, Addictions, Research and Mental Health

Scholarly Interests

Journal Editor and theory development

Professional Affiliations & Memberships


Community Service

INANE - International Academy of Nursing Editors; IntNSA - International Nurses Society of Addictions; ISAJE - International Society of Addiction Journal Editors

Honors & Awards

Recognized in 2018 by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (LWW) and the International Nurses Society on Addictions for my outstanding work on the development of the Journal of Addictions Nursing.