faculty profile

Travis Dunlap   PhD, RN, ANP-BC

Assistant Professor


Dr. Travis Dunlap is an assistant professor in the AGPCNP program and joined VUSN in 2005. Prior to joining VUSN, he worked as an RN on the cardiovascular intensive care unit and then as a NP in the Vanderbilt Heart Transplant Program. Travis received his MSN from VUSN in 2002 and his PhD in Nursing Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2019. The title of his dissertation was: Influence of Motivational Text Messages on Adherence to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy. He currently practices as a NP at numerous Vanderbilt Walk-In Clinics as well as the Vanderbilt Gaylord Opryland Clinic which is a part of the Vanderbilt Faculty Practice Network. Dr. Dunlap's other areas of clinical interest includes mobile healthcare technology utilization, urgent care, and heart failure.


  • PhD, University of Tennessee College of Nursing
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing


  • Adult Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurse Credentialing Center

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • CPAP adherence in patients with sleep apnea
  • Handheld mobile technology
  • Urgent Care
  • Heart Failure

Academic Interests

  • Advanced Health Assessment Applications
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning
  • Essential Procedures for the Primary Care Provider
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Primary Care of the Adult

Representative Publications


Dunlap J.T., & Holburn G. (2008) Fever. In Esper, P, Kuebler KK. (Eds.), Palliative Practices from A - Z for the Bedside Clinician. 2nd ed. (pp. 139-142) Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.

Dunlap J.T. (2007) Tracking Trends in the Patient with Heart Failure. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 3(6), 414 - 415.

Dunlap J.T. (2007) Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in Critical Care Areas. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, 19(1), 61-68.

Representative Presentations

Dunlap, J.T. (2019) Influence of motivational text messages on adherence to continuous positive airway pressure therapy. D3: Poster Discussion at the Southern Nursing Research Society 2019 Annual Conference. Orlando, FL 

Dunlap, J.T., Brame, C., Hande, K., Hopkins, L., Kennedy, B., Kim, J., ?, Smith, K. (2017). Using a group teaching philosophy to design and implement a faculty peer observation process. Poster session presented at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Gerald S. Gotterer Health Professions Education Research Day. Nashville, TN

Professional Organizations

  • American Nurses Association
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Sigma Theta Tau