Eugenia Millender, PhD, RN, MS, PMHNP-BC, CDE
Born in Panama, Dr. Millender’s first language is Spanish. She immigrated with her family at the age of 12, first to New York and then to South Florida. After graduating from high school in West Palm Beach, Eugenia enlisted in the Army and spent the next six years stationed around the globe. While in the Army, she took classes wherever she was stationed, earning an Associate of Arts degree from the College of Lake County in Illinois. After her enlistment, she returned to Florida and enrolled at FAU, completing three degrees. Dr. Millender's time in the military instilled the discipline and management skills needed to cope with a busy life as an employee, student, wife and mother. She acknowledges that her achievements would not be possible without the unwavering support of her husband, Donald Millender, and their children.
Dr. Millender’s career in nursing has been dedicated to increasing access to quality care, decreasing health disparities, and providing a culturally sensitive environment for both patients and their communities. She has more than 20 years of experience working with community-based teams and vulnerable populations. Dr. Millender is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a doctorally-prepared nurse scientist. Her program of research focuses on stress and trauma that is often related to mental illness, substance abuse and chronic disease among indigenous, minority and underserved groups. She is working with community-based organizations to study the efficacy of mental health, diabetes and substance abuse prevention and treatment interventions for underserved populations.
Dr. Millender is the Founding Director for the FAU Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Community Health Center located in Westgate, West Palm Beach. Armed with deep community connections, bilingual skills and extensive clinical experience, she is able to not only provide quality psychiatric services locally, but also bridge the gap of health disparities across state and international borders. She currently serves as an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at Florida State University, and is the President and CEO of Caring for All of You, Inc, which integrates telepsychiatry, mental health, nursing and wellbeing.