faculty profile




Dr. Laurie Connors is a Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University and based on the interdisciplinary nature of her work, she has an appointment in the School of Nursing and Vanderbilt Genetics Institute. Laurie is triple board-certified as a family nurse practitioner and advanced practice nurse in genetics and oncology. Her commitment to nursing science and translational genomics is evident in a successful NIH-funded research program and leadership as the current President of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics. 

Dr. Connors served as content expert for standards of national certification in genomic nursing for the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Connors' accolades include recognition as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and American Association of Nurse Practitioners; these fellowships demonstrate enduring contributions to nursing and commitment to ensuring access and equity in oncology care. She is the former director of clinical genetics in the largest community oncology group of Western New York with published outcomes of translational genomics focusing on person centered care and population health. 

Dr. Connors' lifelong learning includes a PhD in Nursing Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2024), a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (2012), and Master's (1997) and Bachelor's in Nursing (1995) from SUNY at Buffalo, and Associate in Applied Science (1992) from Trocaire College. As a dedicated mentor, Laurie has guided numerous students and early career faculty across disciplines- fostering the development of the next generation of nursing and healthcare professionals. Dr. Connors' background highlights her ability and experience to provide strategic direction, stimulate research and clinical expansion, enhance educational programming, and influence policy to advance nursing and improve health outcomes.


  • Family Nurse Practitioner ANCC
  • Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner ONCC
  • Advanced Genetic Nurse ANCC

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Translation and integration of genetic and genomic data in academia and health care.
  • Quality health care of cancer survivors and previvors.
  • DNP education, scholarly practice, and workforce outcomes.


Translation and Integration of Genomics is Essential to Doctoral Nursing (TIGER). National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute. R25HG011018 Connors, L.M. (PI). 05/12/2021-03/31/2026. $689,492

Explore and Evaluate Genomics in Graduate Nursing. Faculty Scholarship Award, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Vanderbilt University. Connors, L.M. (PI). 1/1/2021 - 12/31/2021


  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2022
  • Dean's Award for Recognition for Faculty Achievement in Academics, Vanderbilt School of Nursing, 2022
  • Oncology Nursing Foundation Research Doctoral Degree Academic Scholarship, 2022
  • Rising Star of Research and Scholarship Award, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, 2021
  • Vanderbilt University Public Health Advisory Task Force, 2020
  • Founders' Award of Excellence in Genomic Nursing Education, International Society of Nurses in Genetics, 2019
  • Fellow, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2019 
  • NIH Fellow/Traineeship, NINR Summer Genetics Institute, 2015
  • University of Buffalo, Genome, Environment & Microbiome Community of Excellence, 2015
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center Content Expert Panel ? Advanced Practice Nurse in Genetics, 2014
  •  DNP Scholarship Award for Advanced Practice, Oncology Nursing Society, 2013
  • City of Hope Clinical Cancer Genetics Community of Practice, 2010