faculty profile

Catherine H Ivory   PhD, NI-BC, NEA-BC, FAAN

Associate Professor
Associate Nurse Executive, Nursing Excellence


Dr. Cathy Ivory has more than 25 years of experience as a nurse and system-level nurse leader and has been a VUSN faculty member since 2012. In her current role at VUMC, Dr. Ivory oversees evidenced-based practice, nursing research activities, shared governance, Magnet® recognition, and professional advancement programs for nurses throughout the Vanderbilt Health enterprise and is a member of the executive nursing team.

Dr. Ivory is a recognized expert in perinatal nursing, nursing informatics and healthcare leadership and is a health services researcher. She is a past president of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and is the immediate past-chair of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Health Informatics Certification Commission. She serves on the Steering Committees of the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) and the Nursing Knowledge Big Data Science initiative. Dr. Ivory chairs the Research Advisory Council for the American Nurses Association Enterprise.

Dr. Ivory's research interests focus on using data generated by nurses to demonstrate the unique contribution of nursing to outcomes. Clinical areas of interest include reducing maternal morbidity and mortality and impacts of structural racism.


  • PhD, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • MSN, Georgia College and State University (Nursing Administration-Healthcare Informatics)
  • BSN, Mercer University-Georgia Baptist College of Nursing

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Implementation Science
  • Evidence-based, data-informed decision making
  • Nursing leadership
  • Nursing value

Academic Interests

  • Nursing Informatics and healthcare leadership courses for the DNP program


  • Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN)
  • Applied Clinical Informatics (ACI), Associate Editor
  • Computers, Informatic, Nursing (CIN)

Professional Organizations

  • American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL)
  • AMIA
  • Academy Health
  • Sigma Theta Tau


  • Operational Partner Award, VUMC Learning Health System/CCQIR, 2024
  • Fellow, The American Academy of Nursing
  • HIMSS/ANI Nursing Informatics Leadership Award, 2018
  • Sara Archer Award for Excellence in Teaching Informatics, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, 2015
  • VUSN Dean's Award for Excellence in Informatics, 2013