Welcome New Faculty

We welcome noted nurse scientists, experienced clinicians and stellar educators to VUSN.


Julie Barroso, PhD, ANP, RN, FAAN
VUSN professor Julie Barroso standing in VUSN atrium Julie Barroso focuses on people living with HIV and long-term survivorship. A highly respected scientist in HIV/AIDS research, she has a history of more than two decades of research funding, including serving as principal investigator or co-investigator on multiple NIH grants. Her current research includes HIV-related fatigue and stigma reduction for women living with HIV. She is also a qualitative methodologist. Barroso joined Vanderbilt from the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Nursing, where she was department chair and associate dean of faculty. She was named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2007.


Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN
Visiting Professor
Professor Susan Dorsey stands in front of greenerySusan Dorsey is the co-chair of the University of Maryland Center to Advance Chronic Pain Research and founder and chair of the UM Department of Pain and Translational Symptom Science. Her work focuses on chronic pain, which affects millions of people nationwide. Currently, she is the principal investigator, a multiple principal investigator or co-PI on nine federal grants funded for more than $22 million. A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, Dorsey will mentor PhD students and post-doctoral fellows, and advise VUSN leadership in expanding nursing science and funded research.


Tonda Hughes, PhD, RN, FAAN
Visiting Professor
Professor Tonda Hughes stands in front of a rainbow flagTonda Hughes is the Henrik H. Bendixen Professor of International Nursing and Associate Dean for Global Health Research at Columbia University. Her research addresses sexual minority women’s (lesbian and bisexual) mental health and substance use. Her pioneering studies on alcohol use among sexual minority women have received nearly continuous funding since 1999 from the National Institutes of Health. Hughes developed the inaugural National Nursing LGBTQ Health Summit held at Columbia in 2019. As part of her visiting professorship, she will provide leadership for the second LGBTQ Health Summit, which will be presented by Vanderbilt School of Nursing in 2021. She will also work with VUSN PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.


Marianna LaNoue, PhD
Professor Marianna LaNoueMarianna LaNoue is an experimental psychologist, research methodologist and biostatistician. She has a strong record of collaborative research and research leadership, particularly in health services and outcomes research. Her current interests include patient-centered outcomes research (PCORI) and the development and testing of patient engagement evaluation approaches. She maintains a strong interest in assessment of adverse childhood experiences, public health, chronic disease and epidemiology. LaNoue comes to VUSN from Thomas Jefferson University, where she was director of research in the College of Population Health. She will work with investigators as well as provide analysis and interpretation of statistical data.


Molly Butler, MSN’06, BS’05, PMHNP-BC
VUSN instructor Molly ButlerButler is an experienced psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with a background in comprehensive psychiatric care to children, adolescents and young adults. Her clinical experience includes general outpatient therapy, medication management, community mental health, psychiatric crisis management, and providing mental health care within the primary care setting and the child welfare system. In addition to her work at Vanderbilt Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic, she provides psychiatric care to physically ill children and young people at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital. A frequent lecturer on psychopharmacology for VUSN, Butler teaches in the Psychiatric-Mental Health program.


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