Dr. Cindy Weston is Associate Dean for Clinical and Outreach Affairs and is currently leading the College of Nursing’s rural-focused clinical programs serving the needs of rural Texan’s without access to behavioral and primary care. She serves as the PI and Director of N-CIBHR as Project Director and co-developed and implemented the primary care curriculum in the FNP program and in securing and enhancing academic-clinical partnerships. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Nurse Practitioners Association and is recognized as an expert in clinical simulation and have received funding to study its effects in developing confidence and competency for family nurse practitioner students. She has a wide range of experience in disaster-related responses including interdisciplinary collaboration to address the needs of rural and medically underserved. Additionally she has served rural, minority and underserved women in Texas through the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas-CPRIT with over $2.8 million in funding to enhance breast and cervical cancer prevention for low-income and underserved using transdisciplinary collaboration in a family medicine setting. She is also a Co-Principle Investigator in HRSA Rural Communities Opioid Response Program where the team addressed NPs role in addressing opioid use disorder in rural Texas. In addition she is Co-PI on a HRSA funded grant focused on integrating telehealth in underserved regions for student training (TAMU iTRUST).