Christine E Bader


Department of Primary Appointment:
Graduate School of Nursing
GSN Administration
Deputy Director Ronald H. Griffith Institute for Military Medical Professionalism, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences & Special Assistant to the Dean, Graduate School of Nursing
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Bioethics, Informatics and Technology
Pain Management
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PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2018, Nursing

MS, California College for Health Sciences (renamed Independence University, Stevens-Henagar College), 2000, Community Health Administration and Wellness Promotion

BSN, Pennsylvania State University, 1985, Nursing


Dr. Christine Bader is an executive nurse-leader recognized for shaping strategy and policy and
implementing recommendations to improve global health care delivery in increasingly complex
Dr. Bader has over 30 years of experience in executive health system policy and management, strategic
planning and programming, legislative affairs, clinical nursing, health research, and care delivery. A
retired USAF Colonel, her military service included leadership and staff positions throughout the
Department of Defense at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, Combatant Commands,
and Headquarters US Air Force. Her experience includes command of an Aeromedical Staging Squadron

and key clinical positions in the U.S. and overseas. She is renowned by senior leaders across multiple
federal agencies, military and commercial health sectors, and academic institutions.
Dr Bader works in an inter-professional environment by collaborating nationally and internationally to
leverage technology with innovation, transform health care delivery, and further the development of all
health professionals.

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

Member of the ASCENSION Board of Directors Quality Subcommittee addressing goals, framework and current issues related to the quality of health care.

Wealtha McGurn Research Award, University of Pennsylvania, 2018

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, 2015 - 2018

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nurses, 1985

SELECT DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE awards, commendations and medals for superior achievement and outstanding performance of duties including:

Defense Superior Service Medal

Defense Meritorious Service Medal (one oak leaf cluster)

Meritorious Service Medal (two oak leaf clusters)

Representative Bibliography

1. Bader, C. E., Flynn, D. M., Buckenmaier, C. C., McDonald, C. C., Meghani, S. H., Glaser, D., &; Polomano, R. C. (2023). Patterns of Change in Pain-related Physical, Mental, and Social Health Outcomes in a Military Population. Pain Management Nursing, 24(3), 265- 272.

2. Bader C. E., Flynn D. M., Buckenmaier C. C., McDonald C. C., Meghani S. H., & Polomano R. C. (2022). Comparative analysis of health domains for neuropathic pain patients. Clinical Nursing Research, 31(1), 89-99.

3. Bader C. E., Giordano N. A., McDonald C. C., Meghani S. H., & Polomano R. C. (2018). Musculoskeletal Pain and Headache in the Active Duty Military Population: An Integrative Review. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 15(4), 264-271.

4. Giordano N. A., Bader C., Richmond T. S., & Polomano R. C. (2018). Complexity of the Relationships of Pain, Posttraumatic Stress, and Depression in Combat‐Injured Populations: An Integrative Review to Inform Evidence‐Based Practice. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 15(2), 113-126.