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Chris Abbyad | Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing

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Phone: 512 471-9092

Office: NUR 4.135
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78712

Chris Abbyad PhD, is an Associate Professor in Clinical Nursing. Previously she taught at the Rafic Hariri School of Nursing at the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon for 6 years. Prior to that she taught clinical nursing for 16 years at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. She holds a bachelor’s degree, MSN, and WHNP from the University of California in San Francisco in women’s health. She obtained her PhD in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Abbyad has held positions in education, as a CNS, and as a women’s health nurse practitioner with a special interest in racism and perinatal health. Dr. Abbyad’s doctoral research focused on black women’s preparation for childbirth. She has given presentations on black/white racism and health, and black healthcare providers’ understanding of the ways in which black women prepare for birthing. Dr. Abbyad also has an interest in cultural awareness and competency having taught nursing in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. She has given numerous presentations highlighting understanding of Arab and Muslim childbearing populations.

Completed Research

  • 2014: PI for study on Pregnant Women’s Knowledge about Smoking, Breastfeeding and Breast Cancer, Beirut, Lebanon
  • 2011-2012: PI for study entitled Survey of University Smokers’ Attitudes Towards a Smoking Cessation Program. Beirut, Lebanon
  • 2010: PI on Making Pregnancy Safer in Lebanon funded by the Italian Cooperation Beirut, Lebanon
  • 2007-2008: Processes Used by Urban Black Women to Prepare for Childbirth: A Grounded Theory. Austin, Texas
  • 2006-2007: Black Women’s Preparation for Childbirth from the Perspective of Black Healthcare Providers. Austin, Texas


  • Salloum, R.G., Abbyad, C. W., Kohler, R.E., Kratka, A., Oh, L., Wood, K.A. (2015). Assessing preferences for a smoking cessation program in Lebanon: A discrete choice experiment. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 17(5), 580-5. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntu188.
  • Abbyad, C. W. (2012). From a distance and up close: Syrian children. Nursing Children and Young People, 24, 13.
  • Abbyad, C.W, & Hajj, M.(2011). Effects of smoking on fertility and pregnancy. Lebanese Journal of Nursing, 2, 33-36.
  • Abbyad, C.W.(2011). Birthing practices of maternity nurses in Lebanese governmental hospitals. Lebanese Journal of Nursing, 2, 37-39.
  • Abbyad, C.W. & Robertson, T.R. (2011).  Black women’s preparation for childbirth from the perspective of black healthcare providers. Journal of Perinatal Education, 20, 45-53.
  • Abbyad, C.W. (2011). Metholodogy and methods for studying pregnant black women. Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research, 11(1).