Christi qualified as a nurse in the US in 1977, and completed her BS and Master’s degrees in the 1980s. She obtained her PhD in 1994, and has been engaged in cardiovascular research for 25 years. She moved to the UK from the US in 2003, and took up her current post November 2013.
Christi is a Fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA), the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), and the American Academy of Nursing, and is a member of the Association of Cardiovascular Nurses and Allied Professionals, Heart Failure Association, European Association for Preventive Cardiology, European Primary Care Cardiovascular Society, the British Society of Heart Failure, British Cardiovascular Society and British Association of Nurses in Cardiovascular Care. She has held leadership positions in the AHA and ESC, has contributed to several ESC clinical practice guidelines, and serves on various editorial and scientific advisory boards.
In her joint post (University and NHS) Christi is committed to building research capacity and capability among nurses, midwives and AHPs. Christi is one of eight Florence Nightingale Foundation Clinical Professors of Nursing in the UK.