faculty profile

Julia Steed   PhD, RN, APRN, FNP-BC

Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty
Assistant Professor


Dr. Julia M. Steed is an Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, where she has held the position of Academic Director for the Family Nurse Practitioner Program since August 2023. Her academic trajectory synthesizes clinical expertise and scholarly rigor, underscored by a commitment to health promotion, academic inclusive excellence, and promoting a diverse healthcare workforce. Since joining Vanderbilt's faculty in 2017, Dr. Steed has demonstrated a profound interest in inclusive teaching and learning, student success, and curriculum evaluation. She prioritizes the implementation of evidence-based, systematic, and sustainable support structures within clinical and educational environments while considering the influence of individual factors. 

Dr. Steed currently practices as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in internal medicine/primary care. Dr. Steed is also a skilled clinician in public health and functional/integrative medicine and is professionally trained as a certified tobacco treatment specialist to deliver evidence-based interventions for smoking cessation.


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

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Inclusive Teaching & Learning
  • Curriculum Evaluation
  • Clinical Decision Making
  • Leadership & Mentorship
  • Implementation Science


Project SHARE [SHaring Strategies for Health Professional Faculty and Student REcruitment] (Co-Principal Invesigator), Vanderbilt University Sequicentennial Grant, 2022-2024.

Morehouse Health Sciences Academy (Program Manager), Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Grant, 2019.

Summer Immersion Program in Nursing [SPIN] (Program Manager), The Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association Grant, 2018.

P30 Tobacco Treatment Supplement Grant (Tobacco Treatment Specialist), National Cancer Institute at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2017-2018. 

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.

Representative Publications


Zwilling, J., Wise, B., Pintz, C., et al. (2023). U.S. Primary Care Provider Needs: An Analysis of Workforce Projections and Policy Implications. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice. https://doi.org/10.1177/15271544231190606

Johnson, R. L., & Steed, J. (2023). Inclusion and belonging at the bedside and beyond. AJN, American Journal of Nursing, 123(6), 15-16. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.naj.0000938704.72146.cb

Hudson, T., Steed, J., Parker, S., Johnson, R., & Schorn, M. (2021). Creating collaborative relationships with historically black colleges and universities: An approach to diversifying the nursing workforce. Nurse Educator, 47(1).

Steed, J., Parker, S., & Reed, B. (2021). Smoking and maternal health: Evidence that female infertility can be attributed to smoking and improved with smoking cessation. In Advances in Family Practice Nursing (Vol. 3, Chapter 11).

Johnson, R., Steed, J., Parker, S., & Schorn, M. (2020). A summer professional immersion in nursing program for underrepresented minority undergraduate students. Journal of Nursing Education, 59(11), 631-636. https://doi.org/10.3928/01484834-20201020-0

Steed, J., Henry-Okafor, Q., & Pitts, C. (2020). Proctitis in men who have sex with men. The Nursing Clinics of North America, 55(3), 325-335. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cnur.2020.05.003.

Wild, M. G., Wallston, K. A., Green, J. A., Beach, L. B., Umeukeje, E., Wright Nunes, J. A., Ikizler, T. A., Steed, J., & Cavanaugh, K. L. (2017). The Perceived Medical Condition Self-Management Scale can be applied to patients with chronic kidney disease. Kidney International, 92(4), 972-978. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.kint.2017.03.018

Martin, J., & Prevost, S. (2007). Painful experiences among college students. McNair Research Review, 5, 113-11. Middle Tennessee State University.

Representative Presentations

Tapp, J., & Steed, J. (2023, June). What?s the SKINny? A Look at Racial Disparities in Pediatric Atopic Dermatitis and Asthma. Podium Presentation at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Anthamatten, A., & Steed, J. (2023, June). Practice Update: CKD-Epi 2021 Equation For Estimating Renal Function Without Using Race. Poster Presentation at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Greogory, K., Steed, J., & King, J. (2023, April). Nurses Knowledge of Perioperative Pressure Injury Assessment Tools: A quality improvement project. Poster Presentation at AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo, San Antonio, TX

Clinical Practice

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse: Internal Medicine, Functional/Integrative Medicine, Weight Loss, Veteran Health
  • Registered Nurse: Public Health, Medical-surgical - inpatient

Professional Organizations

  • National Association of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF)
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Tennessee Nurses Association
  • Rutherford County (TN) Heath Board


  • NONPF Faculty Leadership Mentoring Program, Fellow, 2023.
  • Macy Faculty Fellowship Program, Semifinalist, 2023.
  • Culture of Health Grand Rounds Fellowship, Tennessee Board of Health, 2022.
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, 2022.
  • Tennessee Rising Star Nurse Leader (Top 40 under 40), Tennessee Action Coalition, 2022.
  • Junior Faculty Teaching Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, 2021.
  • Junior Faculty Mentorship Program, Southern Nursing Research Society, 2020.
  • CITRL Mentoring Program Fellow, Vanderbilt University, 2016.
  • Nominee - ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award, Cable Nashville ATHENA, 2012.
  • Nurse Faculty Loan Recipient, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, 2010.