Charlene Whitaker-Brown, DNP, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, CHFN

School of Nursing
Clinical Associate Professor


Family Nurse Practitioner, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Indiana State University (2013), MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner, Indiana State University (2009) BSN, Winston-Salem State University (2006) ADN, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences (2005) BS in Exercise and Sports Science, East Carolina University (2001)

Practice Area:

Heart failure, family practice, convenience care clinics

Research Interest:

Heart Failure in the Adult Population and Quality of Life

Teaching Specialty:

Advanced practice nursing, Nursing theory, Evidenced-based practice

Dr. Charlene Whitaker-Brown is a Clinical Associate professor in the School of
Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is also dual certified as
a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
(PMHNP). She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Indiana State
University in 2013. She is also a 2020 graduate of the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill with her Post-Master’s Degree as a PMHNP. She has experience in
treating heart failure patients in both acute and outpatient settings. Her mental
health experience is with the treatment of the psychological needs of eating
disorder patients. Dr. Whitaker-Brown’s program of scholarship is devoted to
translating research into practice. Her primary focus is on chronic diseases
specifically cardiovascular diseases related to heart failure patients and mental
health. She has presented her findings at the local, national level and international
levels. Dr. Whitaker-Brown has been instrumental in coordinating partnerships
between the UNCC School of Nursing and Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute’s
Heart Failure Clinic at Carolina’s Medical Center under the direction of Dr. Sanjeev
Gulati. She is involved in local, national, and international service organizations
including the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau
International and Phi Kappa Phi.