Christine Aramburu Alegria, Ph.D, APRN, FNP-BC

Associate Professor Emerita
“Do one thing every day that scares you.” —Eleanor Roosevelt


Professional Experience

7/2000–Present Assistant Professor of Nursing
Orvis School of Nursing
University of Nevada, Reno

4/1999–2003 Advanced Practitioner of Nursing
Pulmonary Medicine Associates
Reno, Nevada 89503

5/1998–3/1999 Advanced Practitioner of Nursing
Internal Medicine
Southwest Medical Associates
Las Vegas, Nevada

1/1997–4/1998 Advanced Practitioner of Nursing
Family Practice
Nevada Medical Center
Las Vegas, Nevada

1994–1996 Home Health Nurse
St. Rose Dominican Hospital—Department of Home Health
Henderson, Nevada

1992–1996 Home Health Nurse
In House Home Health
Henderson, Nevada

1990–1995 School Nurse
Clark County School District
Las Vegas, Nevada

Research Interests

Identity, relationships, and health promotion in marginalized populations, in particular the transgender and obese populations; qualitative research; global health and nursing; the role and potential of the DNP in today’s dynamic healthcare environment.

Recent Invited Speaker:

  • Aramburu Alegría, C. (2012, May). Transgender Healthcare: Education for Nurses. Veterans Administration Annual Meeting; Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Aramburu Alegría, C. (2009, November). Relationship maintenance and identity reformation in MTF-NF couples. Sigma Theta Tau Annual Meeting; Reno, Nevada.
  • Aramburu Alegría, C. (2009, October). Ethics and Gender. Ethics Bytes Panel Presentation; University of Nevada; Reno, Nevada.
  • Aramburu Alegría, C. (2009, April). MTF-NF relationships. Liberty Conference. An interdisciplinary conference addressing the transgender community; Philadelphia.

Personal Info

My family is from Spain and I love speaking Basque and Spanish. I also love travel and immersing myself in different cultures. I enjoy writing, hiking, reading, movies, music, and going to baseball games—especially the San Francisco Giants. I don’t like hot weather, and I prefer overcast days to overly sunny days.


  • Aramburu Alegría, C. (2012).  Relational and sexual fluidity in females partnered with male-to-female transsexual persons.  Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Online ahead of print. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2011.01863.x
  • Aramburu Alegría, C., & Ballard-Reisch, D. (2012).  And then he was a she: Relationship Maintenance Activities in post-disclosure MTF-NF couples with comparison to other relational crises.  In F. Dickson & L. Webb (Eds.) Families in Crisis:  Effective Communication for Managing Unexpected, Negative Events. Cresskill, NJ:  Hampton Press. 
  • Aramburu Alegría, C. (2011).  Transgender health care:  Implications for physical and psychosocial evaluation.  Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2010.00595.x
  • Aramburu Alegría, C. (2010). Relationship challenges and relationship maintenance activities following disclosure of transsexualism. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Online ahead of print. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2010.01624.x


  • Ph.D. Social Psychology
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Certificate: American Nurse Credentialing Center: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing