faculty profile

Jannyse Starks   DNP, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor of Nursing


Dr. Jannyse Starks completed her MSN and was certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2009. She continued on at Vanderbilt, completing her DNP in 2011. She became a member of the FNP faculty at VUSN in 2014. Dr. Starks' primary teaching responsibilities include Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics, and both Practicum courses for the FNP student. Additionally, she co-coordinates the Out of Middle Tennessee (OMTA) clinical placements.

Currently, Dr. Starks practices in a primary care clinic that serves the homeless and underserved population in Nashville, TN. The clinic is also an interprofessional practice that helps to provide quality educational experiences to nursing, pharmacy, social work and medical students. Before transitioning to her current practice, she practiced for five years in a primary care clinic.


  • DNP, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (FNP)
  • BA, Fisk University


  • Family Nurse Practitioner-American Nurses Credentialing Center

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Medication Adherence in Hypertension 
  • Interprofessional Education in Primary Care

Representative Publications


Gentry, C.K., Parker, R., Ketel, C., Rosenbloom, S.T., Crutcher, T.D., Scott, A.W., Starks, J.L., Davidson, H., & Pilon, B.A. (2016). Integration of Clinical Pharmacist Services into an Underserved Primary Care Clinic Utilizing an Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Model. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 27, (1): 1-7

Representative Presentations

"Innovations in Interprofessional Practice and Education: The Mercury Courts Model." C. Ketel, J. Starks, C. Gentry, R. Parker, J. Pemberton, ST Rosenbloom. Interprofessional HealthCare Summit, Savannah, GA.

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)