faculty profile

Laurie Connors   DNP, APNG, FNP-BC, AGN-BC

Assistant Professor

Bio

Dr. Laurie Connors joined Vanderbilt University School of Nursing as an Assistant Professor and brings nearly twenty years of experience in oncology and genetics as a family nurse practitioner.   Dr. Connors has maintained certification by the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Family Nurse Practitioner since 1998. She is also credentialed as an Advanced Practice Nurse in Genetics, issued by the Genetic Nursing Credentialing Commission, and served on the ANCC's Content Expert Panel for development of the Advanced Genetic Nurse certification. In 2012, Connors earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree with a project focusing on patient decision making after genetic testing for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Education

DNP, State University of New York at Buffalo
MSN, State University of New York at Buffalo
BSN, State University of New York at Buffalo
AAS, Trocaire College Buffalo, New York

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Interpretation, delivery and application of genetic/genomic data to clinical care
  • Quality care of cancer survivors

Representative Publications

Journals

Connors, L.M., Yi, W.S., & Voian, N. (2015) Lessons learned from clinical genetic testing for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) syndromes in community and academic oncology centers. Journal of Clinical Oncology 33, (suppl; abstr e12501)

Kelly, P.A. & Connors, L.M. (2014). BRCA genetic testing: State of the science. Nurse Practitioner: 16 November 16;39(11):9. doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000456025.48460.c5.

Dickerson, S. S., Connors, L. M., Fayad, A., & Dean, G.E. (2014). Sleep-wake disturbances in cancer patients: Focus on improving quality of life. Nature and Science of Sleep, July 12;6:85-100. doi: 10.2147/NSS.S34846. eCollection 2014.

Connors, L.M., Voian, N., Yi, S., Lally, R., & Edge, S. (2014). Decision Making after BRCA Genetic Testing: Down the Road of Transition, Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing,
June;18(3):E58-63. doi: 10.1188/14.CJON.E58-E63.

Representative Presentations

Besides BRCA, what else to consider in Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer? New York State Nurse Practitioner Annual Convention, Niagara Falls, NY, September 30, 2016

Precision Medicine: Integrating Genetics into your Practice. New York State Nurse Practitioner Annual Convention, Niagara Falls, NY, October 3, 2015

Next Generation Sequencing Panels for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer. New York State Nurse Practitioner Annual Convention, Niagara Falls, NY, October 2, 2015

Beyond BRCA: Next Generation Sequencing Panels for Clinical Genetic Testing, Annual Breast Cancer Symposium, Lancaster, NY, October 25, 2014

Genetics and Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Network of Western New York, Lancaster, NY, October 14, 2014

BRCA and Beyond, Next Generation Sequencing Panels for Genetic Testing of Hereditary Cancer Syndromes, CCS Oncology, Amherst, NY, April 28, 2014

Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment: Role of the Primary Care Provider, Nurse Practitioner Annual Conference, Saratoga, NY, October 25, 2013

Poster Presentations

Germline testing and somatic mutation profiling: Not to be exclusive but rather complimentary resources for the personalized treatment of ovarian cancer. Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Translational Genomics and Epigenomics Symposium. Buffalo, NY, September 2016

Is sleep a pivotal factor associated with quality of life in patients with cancer? Oncology Nursing Society 2013 Connections Conference, Dallas, TX, November 2013

Information Delivery and Decision Making in Women at Risk for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer. Professional Nurses Association of WNY and Sigma Theta Tau International 25th Annual Celebration of Nursing Research & Scholarly Activities Conference, Lancaster, NY, April 2012

Honors/Awards

  • Intramural research training award -- National Institutes of Health -- June 2015
  • DNP Scholarship for Advanced Practice - Oncology Nursing Society - November 2013
  • Teaching Apple of Excellence, SUNY at Buffalo, September 2014
  • Teaching Apple of Excellence, SUNY at Buffalo, February 2014
  • Teaching Apple of Excellence, SUNY at Buffalo, September 2013
  • Teaching Apple of Excellence, SUNY at Buffalo, February 2013
  • Teaching Apple of Excellence, SUNY at Buffalo, September 2012
  • Teaching Apple of Excellence, SUNY at Buffalo, February 2012