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Cherie Conley

Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Mentoring
Ph.D. Student in Nursing


Cherie Conley


Cherie Conley is a Ph.D. candidate in nursing. She has a BS in nursing from Cleveland State University, an MHS from Johns Hopkins University, and a BS in biology from Spelman College. She has been at Duke since 2015 and her nominations credited her with being a dedicated mentor to incoming students, helping them get acclimated to the program and academia. 

Conley has been a team lead for Bass Connections, where she coordinates an interdisciplinary team of Duke students with the Durham community and Duke Family Medicine partners to improve physical activity in Durham. She has also been a student representative of the Duke School of Nursing Community Health Improvement Partnership Program and a Ph.D. student small-group leader. She is a member of the American Academy of Health Behavior, Society of Behavioral Medicine, Southern Nurses Research Society, and Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science. 

On Mentoring

“Mentorship comes in all forms. It doesn’t have to be a formal program. It doesn’t have to be with a specific group of people. I feel that a lot of my mentorship is just one-on-one connecting with people and trying to build relationships. … So I think we all have the opportunity to be mentors at any given time.”



In Their Words

Excerpts from Conley’s Nomination

“Cherie is constantly sharing resources with myself and other DUSON Ph.D. students. She is very transparent with her research experiences as she is a firm believer in people learning from one another. She does not hesitate to share what she has gone through with own research if it will prevent one of us from making a mistake or having a negative experience.”

“Cherie has been one of the most supportive student mentors during my Ph.D. life. She always cares about other students’ issues and challenges, listens to their voice with empathy, and provides inspirational and wonderful advice. She always informed me about information, literature, and events related to my research topics, and some of these opportunities even became a significant turning point for my career and research path.”

“From the moment I first came to Duke to interview with the Ph.D. in nursing program, Cherie has struck me as a warm and caring mentor. I always see Cherie working in some role to help newer students become acclimated to the PhD program - whether that’s facilitating student information sessions, serving as a student PODs leader, or most of all just being present as a listening ear to provide guidance to more junior students.”