faculty profile

Julia Steed   PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor
Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair


Professor Julia M. Steed joined the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing faculty in 2017 with ambition to exemplify the scholarship of teaching and learning. After practicing in widely diverse clinical practice sites as a Registered and Advanced Practice Nurse, she is experienced in functional/integrative medicine and currently practices as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in internal medicine/primary care. As a certified tobacco treatment specialist, she is professionally trained to deliver evidence-based interventions for smoking cessation. Her primary research interests include evaluating health promotion/risk-reduction strategies and identifying the influence of health determinants such as quality and individual behavior on related outcomes.


  • PhD, Vanderbilt University - Nursing Science (Health Services Research)
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University - Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty
  • BSN, Middle Tennessee State University


  • Family Nurse Practitioner - American Nurses Credentialing Center 
  • Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist - Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Smoking Cessation among Hospitalized Smokers
  • Smoking Cessation among Smokers Diagnosed with Cancer

Dissertation Research

  • Steed, J.M. (December, 2017). Associations between Risk Perception, Smoking Cessation, and Lung Cancer Screening in Smokers Receiving Inpatient Tobacco Treatment: A Prospective Descriptive Study. Vanderbilt University, Dissertation Research Study.

Academic Interests

  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Health Assessment Seminar/Lab
  • Clinical Decision Making

Academic Courses 

  • Pharmacotherapeutics (Family, Psychiatric-Mental Health, and Women's Health)
  • Advanced Health Assessment Lab (Family and Psychiatric-Mental Health) 
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning 
  • Advanced Health Applications for the Family Nurse Practitioner 
  • Advanced Health Assessment Applications for the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • The Context of Primary Care: Family Nurse Practitioner Domains and Core Competencies for Practice 
  • Practicum in Primary Health Care of the Family 
  • Practicum in Primary Health Care of the Adult (Nurse-Midwifery) 
  • Clinical Decision Making for the Family Nurse Practitioner 
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship 
  • Professional Formation 2: Application of Evidence in Healthcare Environments 
  • Professional Formation 3: Leading Collaborative Change: Improving Delivery of Healthcare to Patients and Populations 
  • Professional Formation 4: Transition to Advanced Nursing


National Cancer Institute - P30 Tobacco Treatment Supplement Grant (Role: Tobacco Treatment Specialist with Vanderbilt University Medical Center)

  • PI: Tindle, H. 
  • Major Goal: To provide surveillance of tobacco outcomes among cancer patients exposed to evidence-based tobacco cessation interventions.
Foundation of the National Student Nurses? Association (FNSNA) - Summer Immersion Program in Nursing (SPIN) (Role: Program Manager with Vanderbilt University School of Nursing)
  • PI: Schorn, M. N., Johnson, R. 
  • Major Goal: To increase intent to attend BSN or MSN nursing programs by racially underrepresented undergraduate students. - Award $16,000

Representative Publications


Wild MG, Wallston KA, Green JA, Beach LB, Umeukeje E, Wright Nunes JA, Ikizler TA, Steed J, Cavanaugh KL. The Perceived Medical Condition Self-Management Scale can be applied to patients with chronic kidney disease. Kidney Int 2017; 92: 972-978.

Representative Presentations

Steed, J.M. (2012, September 13). Psychometric Properties and Correlates of the Perceived Kidney Dialysis Self-Management Scale. Poster Presentation at Tennessee Public Health Association Annual Conference. Franklin, Tennessee.

Steed, J.M. (2012, October 12). Validation of the Perceived Kidney Disease Self-Management Scale in Hemodialysis. Poster Presentation at American Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting. San Francisco, California.

Clinical Practice

  • Tennessee Healthcare Partners, Internal Medicine, Smyrna Tennessee


Dissertation Committee:

  • Shelagh Mulvaney, PhD (VUSN)
  • Ann Minnick, PhD, RN, FAAN (VUSN)
  • Ken Wallston, PhD (VUSN, retired)
  • Hilary Tindle, MD MPH (VUMC)

Professional Organizations

  • AcademyHealth
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society
  • Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence