Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Christine Lepianka

Meet Dr. Christine Lepianka

Degrees and Experience
  • Ph.D., Nursing (Duquesne University)
  • M.S., Nursing Education (Northern Illinois University)
  • BSN (St. Anthony College of Nursing)
Biography and Professional Achievements

Dr. Christine Lepianka grew up in central Illinois where she met and married her high school beau. As native Illinoisans, she and her husband have been enjoying the beautiful Colorado landscape and the Rockies as their most frequent destination to visit and hike for the past 15 years. Dr. Lepianka has over 30 years of combined clinical and academic experience and a passion for women and children's health as well as vulnerable populations. Additionally, Dr. Lepianka has been a student of forensic nursing since 2014, earning her over 125 hours of continuing education units in this specialty. Her training in forensic nursing has prepared her to provide care for victims of violence across the lifespan. As such, her research and volunteerism have focused on vulnerable women, primarily those engaged in human sex trafficking, substance use disorder, homelessness, and exposure to violence. For her research and work with vulnerable women, Dr. Lepianka has received national recognition as a Jonas Scholar, was a featured author in the Journal of Forensic Nursing and has been a frequent speaker at both regional and international conferences.

Dr. Lepianka has a passion for Christian education and serving as a witness for Christ. She especially enjoys students as they seek to gain knowledge of God's unfailing love and faithfulness while developing spiritual maturity. This passion, along with a deep appreciation for Biblical truths, is what drew her to CCU.