faculty profile

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

Associate Professor

Bio

Dr. Laurie Connors is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and board-certified as a family nurse practitioner and advanced practice nurse in genetics. She is a leader in national initiatives to expand nursing genomic education and professional practice. She is a member of the City of Hope Clinical Cancer Genomics Community of Practice and University at Buffalo Genome, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence. Laurie has proven regional, national, and global leadership as an advanced practice nurse with expertise in genomics and oncology. Dr. Connors served as a content expert for the American Nurses Credentialing Center's advanced genetic nursing certification and is a fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She is the recipient of National Institutes of Health Genetics intramural training award resulting in initiatives impacting nursing genomic education, research, and practice and the International Society of Nurses in Genetics Founders' Award of Excellence in Genomic Nursing Education.

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

  • 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.

Representative Publications

Journals

Connors, L.M. (2019). Metastatic Prostate Cancer: Effects of Genetic Testing on Care. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 23, (1) 32-35. doi: 10.1188/19.CJON.32-35, https://cjon.ons.org/cjon/23/1

Kierce, E. D., Vanderhoef, D.M., & Connors, L.M. (2019). Use of PHQ-9 and Pharmacogenetic Testing in Clinical Practice. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2019 Feb 27. doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000165, https://insights.ovid.com/crossref?an=01741002-900000000-99697

McReynolds, K.M. & Connors, L.M. (2019). Genomics of prostate cancer: What nurses need to know. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, doi.org/10.1016/j.soncn.2018.12.003, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S074920811830130X?via%3Dihub

Connors, L.M. & Schorn, M. (2018). Genetic and Genomics in Nursing Education: A National Imperative. Journal of Professional Nursing, 34, (4) 235-237.doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2018.06.003 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S8755722318300802?via%3Dihub

Connors, L.M., Yi, W.S., & Voian, N. (2015). Lessons learned from clinical genetic testing for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) syndromes in communityand academic oncology centers. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 33, doi:10.1200/jco.2015.33.15_suppl.e12501 https://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/jco.2015.33.15_suppl.e12501

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

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 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4103930/

Representative Presentations

Connors, L.M. (2019) Genetic testing and treatment for fast and furious prostate cancers, American Association of Nurse Practitioners Annual Meeting,Indianapolis, IN 

Connors, L.M. (2019) Go for a RIDE in Cancer Genetics, American Association of Nurse Practitioners Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN 

Shallow, N. & Connors, L.M. (2019). Incorporating Genetics into Clinical Practice: From Life to Death and Everything In-between. APRN Grand Rounds, VanderbiltUniversity Medical Center. April 

Connors, L.M. (2018). Genetics and Genomics: Is it relevant to nursing practice? National Student Nurses Association Annual Convention. Nashville, TN 

Connors, L.M. (2018). All cancer is genetic, but few cancers are inherited: Knowing the difference, American Association of Nurse Practitioners Annual Meeting.Denver, CO 

Connors, L.M. & McReynolds, K. (2018). Furious and Fast: Clinical Indications For Genetic Testing In Metastatic Prostate Cancer. International Society of Nurses inGenetics (ISONG) World Congress. Orlando, FL 

Connors, L.M. (2017). Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer for Nurse Practitioners, Managing Women's Health Issues Across a Lifespan, National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health 2nd Annual Faces and Cases in Women's Health Conference Series. Dallas, TX 

Connors, L.M. (2016). Besides BRCA, what else to consider in HBOC? New York State Nurse Practitioner Annual Convention. Niagara Falls, NY 

Connors, L.M. (2015). Precision Medicine: Integrating Genetics into your NP Practice, New York State Nurse Practitioner Annual Convention. Niagara Falls, NY 

Connors, L.M. (2015). Next Generation Sequencing Panels for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer. New York State Nurse Practitioner Annual Convention.Niagara Falls, NY 

Connors, L.M. (2014). Genetics and Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Network of Western New York, Lancaster, NY 

Connors, L.M. (2013). Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment: Role of the Primary Care Provider, New York State Nurse Practitioner Annual Conference. SaratogaSprings, NY

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