Candace C. Harrington PhD, DNP, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, CNE, FAAN

Candace C. Harrington

Candace C. Harrington PhD, DNP, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, CNE, FAAN

Assistant Professor and Gerontology Professor

Dr. Harrington brings 38 years of geriatric nursing experience, including 18 years as an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse practitioner to her nurse scientist role. Her program of research includes qualitative and mixed methods approaches evaluating social structures and power inequities affecting vulnerable older adults and socially marginalized individuals like female family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.  

Dr. Harrington’s most recent research included an innovative sequential multiple-method approach combining interpretative phenomenology and critical discourse analysis to characterize the social, behavioral, psychological, economic, and health consequences of caregiving for Black and White female family caregivers or partners and older adults living with ADRD in rural and urban communities through an ethnocultural and socio-economic lens.

Dr. Harrington was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2022. She has been a Distinguished Educator for Gerontological Nursing. National Hartford Center of Gerontological Excellence since 2017. She earned the National League of Nursing's Certified Nurse Educator designation in 2020. She is a certified Alzheimer's Disease Dementia Care Trainer and certified in Agricultural Medicine and Occupational Safety. 

Dr. Harrington teaches in the DNP Primary Care Nurse Practitioner tracks and actively mentors undergraduate and graduate students in research and quality improvement. In her role as the Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Professor, she works with community partners to improve care quality and process improvement.


  • PhD, East Carolina University, 2018

  • Certificate in Nursing Education, East Carolina University, 2018

  • DNP, Vanderbilt University, 2011

  • MSN, North Carolina Greensboro, 2005

  • BSN, Gardner Webb University, 2002

  • Diploma, Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing, 1985

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