Christine Costa

Christine Costa is an Associate Professor in the CSULB Department of Nursing and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Coordinator.  She has been a faculty member in the Nursing department since the Fall of 2014. From 2014-present, Dr. Costa served as a faculty member at the CSULB School of Nursing, training psychiatric nurse practitioner students.

Dr. Costa’s research and practice interests span the scope of clinical practice and include treatments, procedures, pharmacological interventions, screening procedures and diagnoses, illness prevention, psychiatric disorders, and a person’s psychological well-being throughout the lifespan.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan (PMHNP-BC)

Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) 

BSN         Creighton University, Omaha, NE

MSN        California State University, Long Beach, CA

DNP         Brandman University, Irvine, CA

Ph.D.        William Carey University, Hattiesburg, MI

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Integrative Health Care
  • Reflective Practice
  • Recovery/Trauma Informed Care
  • Transcultural Health  
  • Psychiatric illness across the lifespan.  
  • Health Promotion

Costa, C. B., & Smith, J. E. (2023). Career satisfaction and advancement related to mentorship experiences of underrepresented nursing faculty. Nursing Education Perspectives44(5), 291-294. 

Gatdula, N., Costa, C. B., Rascón, M. S., Deckers, C. M., & Bird, M. (2022). College students’ perceptions of telemental health to address their mental health needs. Journal of American College Health, 1-7.

Costa, C.B. & Conahan, L.J. (2022). Factors that Affect or Influence College Students with Identified Mental Illness’ Willingness to Receive Mental Health Services. Archives of Healthcare3(1), 1-19.

Rascon, M.S., Deckers, C.M., Bird, M., Gatdula, N., McDermott, K., Costa, C. (2021). Community Focus Groups Inform Culturally Sensitive Nursing Telehealth Training Curriculum Development. Journal of Nursing and Practice, 4(2), 319-326.

Hardan-Khalil, K., Costa, C. B., & Fisher, D. G. (2021). Daily motivational text messages impact on college students’ nutritional awareness and physical activity levels. Journal of American College Health, 1-8. 

Costa, C. B., Xandre, P. E., & Mathis, K. J. (2020). Treating individuals with eating disorders: Part 2. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 58(4), 9-15.

Mathis, K. J., Costa, C. B., & Xandre, P. E. (2020). Treating individuals with eating disorders: Part 1. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 58(3), 7-13.

McCoy, K. T., Costa, C. B., Pancione, K., & Hammonds, L. S. (2019). Anticipating changes for depression management in primary care. Nursing Clinics of North America, 54(4), 457-471. 

Costa, C. B., McCoy, K. T., Early, G. J., & Deckers, C. M. (2019). Evidence-based care of the human trafficking patient. Nursing Clinics of North America, 54(4), 569-584. 

McCoy, K. T., Pancione, K., Hammonds, L. S., & Costa, C. B. (2019). Management of attention-deficit/Hyperactivity disorder in primary care. Nursing Clinics of North America, 54(4), 517-532. 

Clingan, S. E., Fisher, D. G., Hardan-Khalil, K., Reynolds, G. L., Huckabay, L., Costa, C., Pedersen, W. C., & Johnson, M. E. (2019). Health implications of sex trading characteristics in Long Beach, California, USA. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 30(7), 647-655.

Sorensen, S. A., Rock, C. R., Moore, D. M., Blaine, R. E., & Costa, C. B. (2019). A behavioral assessment of college students’ knowledge, awareness, and consumption on snack foods that may contain probiotics. Journal of Food Research, 8(3), 16. 

Nguyen, J. Y., Rock, C. R., Gray, V. B., Claver, M., & Costa, C. (2019). Product development considerations of flaxseed supplementation for the aging population: A pilot study. Journal of Food Research, 8(3), 42. 

Nickle, T., White, J. R., & Costa, C. B. (2018). Feedback-informed treatment and autonomy supportiveness: Effects on childrens psychological outcomes. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 31(4), 127-135. 

Costa, C. B., & Hardan-Khalil, K. (2018). Orthorexia nervosa and obsessive-compulsive behavior among college students in the United States. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 9(2), 67.

Costa, C. B., McCoy, K. T., & Tran, J. L. (2018). A 22-Year-Old woman with chronic daily headaches. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 14(1), e21-e29.

Costa, C. B., Hardan-Khalil, K., & Gibbs, K. (2017). Orthorexia nervosa: A review of the literature. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38(12), 980-988.

Fernandez, J., Martone, J. & Costa, C.B. (2017).  The Effects of Loss of Independence on Depression in Latin American Older Adults: Implications for Health Promotion. The International Journal of Humanities and Social Studies,5(8),103-110.

Costa, C., & Lusk, P. (2017). Perceptions of interdisciplinary communication among correctional health care providers. Journal of Correctional Health Care, 23(1), 122-130.

Costa, C. (2016). Shortage of mental health professionals. Health Affairs, 35(10), 1934-1934. 

Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development

  • Principle Investigator
  • ​2019-2020
  • $1 million grant
  • Increasing the educational capacity of psychiatric mental health practitioners in the Public Mental Health workforce