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Crystal-Rae D. Walton

Acting Dean - College of Nursing and Health Sciences


College of Nursing & Health Sciences


(414) 410-4397


RB Roger Bacon 111


Box 442


Dr. Crystal-Rae Evans joined the Cardinal Stritch University faculty in 2019. She earned her PhD in Nursing (2018) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2011) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Evans’ nursing background encompasses the care of chronically ill adults in critical care and community based settings. In particular, her areas of interest involve the care of adults and older adults, hospice and end-of-life care, and the care of chronically ill adults in acute and long-term residential settings. Her doctoral education focused on evaluating the physiologic sources of pain (musculoskeletal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary) and their associations with nighttime sleep quality in older adults with and without dementia. Currently, Dr. Evans teaches in both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs in the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Dr. Evans has teaching experience in Pathophysiology, Acute Care, and Health Assessment in the undergraduate program. In the graduate program, Dr. Evans teaches courses in Research and Data Analysis for Research. Areas of research and scholarship include pain and sleep, care of older adults and dementia, community based settings. Dr. Evans is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and nursing faculty chair in the Multicultural Nursing Student Association.


  • B.S.N., Univ of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Ph.D., Univ of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Gerontology, Adult Health, Acute and Critical Care, Community-Based Nursing, Hospice, End-of-Life and Palliative Care, Pathophysiology, Research, Health Assessment

Publications & Presentations

PUBLICATIONS Evans, C. & Kovach, C. R. (In press). The Association Between Physiologic Sources of Pain and Sleep Quality in Older Adults and People with Dementia. Research in Gerontological Nursing, XX(X), XXX-XXX. Kovach, C. R., & Evans, C. D. (2019).

Why Stritch?

"Stritch provides a learning environment that is welcoming and unique for all students. The CONHS develops nurses to be rigorous and competent in their nursing practice across various healthcare settings guided by the Franciscan Values and American Nurses Association (ANA) scope and standards of practice. "

- Crystal-Rae D. Walton