Roberta Lavin
Roberta Lavin, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN

Associate Dean for Academic Programs

155 Nursing Administration Building
College of Nursing, South Campus

Email: lavinr@umsl.edu
Phone: 314-516-5049
Fax: 314-516-6730

Roberta Lavin, Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Programs, spent twenty years as U.S. Public Health Service officer. She began her career at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC on an acute psychiatric admission unit for those who were homeless.  In her work she has coordinated mass migrations in Guatemala, managed health care in an immigration detention center in Batavia, New York before becoming the Chief of Field Operations of the Division of Immigration Health Services, worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Tucson, Arizona, and spent a few months “tooling around” the South Pacific on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel. After 9/11and the Anthrax attacks she was selected to be the Director of the Secretary’s Command Center for the Department of Health and Human Services and later became the Chief of Staff for the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. She ended her USPHS career again working with the poor and underserved leading the by research and development for a national disaster case management program. Her current research focuses on bringing cultural competency around urban and rural communities to practicing nurses and disaster preparedness Current projects include infusion and assessment of cultural competency in training DNP students and research of training gaps for health care primary care providers for disaster response. She is developing an inter-professional curriculum around disaster preparedness.

Education

  • BA, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • MSN, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • MA, Emergency/Disaster Management, American Military University, Charles Town, WV
  • PhD, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland

Research Interests 

  • Population health focused disaster preparedness.
  • Cultural competency and the impact to care in urban and rural communities.
  • Long-term impacts of imbedded fragments from shrapnel injuries.

Selected Grants

  • AACN/CDC Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response #6-93903A1. Academic/Practice Partnerships to Impact Population Health in Chronic Disease and Emergency Response grant with Co-PIs at St. Louis University and John Hopkins University.
  • Missouri Department of Higher Education Nurse Education Incentive Program grant, $149,548.
  • HRSA Grant  D09HP28669 – Advanced Nursing Education Grant for the Missouri academic practice partnership,  $697,083 year 1, $695,854 year 2,  and $699,569 year ,
  • HRSA Grant A10HP25169 - DNP tuition grant, HRSA - AENT, $348,843 year 1, $349,160 year 2.
  • FIPSE Grant P116Z100016 - DNP program development, FIPSE Grant, $450,000.
  • Small Business Innovation Grant - Information technology case management platform design that is interactive to provide real time screening, intake, recovery plan goals, and outcome tracking, OPRE Grant, $100,000.
  • Demonstration project for the Disaster Case Management program in Louisiana FEMA Grant, $22,600,000.
  • Research and development of the Disaster Human Services Case Management pilot program using the Delphi method, ACF, ASPR, FEMA project, $1,250,000.

Selected Publications

  • Veenema, T. & Lavin, R. (21017) Call to Action: The Case for Advancing Disaster Nursing Education in the United States. Journal of Nursing Science
  • Veenema, T., Thorton, C., Corley, A., Bender, A. & Lavin, R. (2017) Climate Change Related Water Disasters Impact Upon Population Health. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 49 (6). DOI:10.1111/jnu.12328
  • Lavin, R., Veenema, T., Calvert, W., Grigsby, S. & Cobbina, J. (2017) Nurse Leaders’ Response to Civil Unrest in the Urban Core. Nurs Admin Q. 41(2).
  • Langan, J., Lavin, R., Wolgast, K., & Veenema, T. (2017) Education for Developing and Sustaining a Health Care Workforce for Disaster Readiness. Nurs Admin Q, 41(2)
  • Couig, MP, Gable, A., Griffin, A., Langan, J., Katzburg, J., Wolgast, K., Qureshi, K., Dobalian, A., Lavin, R., Veenema, T. (2017) Progress on a Call to Action: Nurses as Leaders in Disaster Preparedness and Response. Nurs Admin Q. 41(2)
  • Lavin, R., Adelman, D. & Veenema, T. (2017) Society for the Advancement of Disaster Nursing: Exploring the Path to Excellence. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness1-6. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/dmp.2017.10
  • Walls, M., Fish, A., Lavin, R., & Porterfield, S. (2016) A Nurse Practitioner Led, Computer Education Intervention Implemented for Quality Improvement in Primary Care. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, E363.
  • Goodwin, T, Griffin, A., Gable, A., MacIntyre, L., Simons, N., Couig M., Walsh, J., Lavin, R., Doballin, A., Larson, E. (2016) Nurses as Leaders in Disaster Preparedness and Response, A Call to Action. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Vol 48 (2).
  • Goodman, T., Thornton, C., & Lavin, R. (2015) The Politics and Policy of Disaster Response and Public Health Emergency Preparedness. In Politics and Policy, 7th ed. Elsevier.
  • Lavin, R. (2015) Disaster Education and the APRN. In Integrating Disaster Preparedness Education into Nursing Curriculum by Stanley, S. & Wolanski, T. Sigma Theta Tau International.
  • Lavin, R.  Impact of Disaster, Terrorism, and War.  (2013) In Warner, K.D. (ed.). Community Health Nursing: Promoting and Protecting the Public’s Health, 8th ed.  Allendar.
  • Lavin, R., Slepski, L., & Rettemeier, L. (2012) Directions for Nursing Research and Development.  In Veenema, T. (ed.). Springer.
  • Slepski, L & Lavin, R. (2012) Leadership and Coordination in Disaster Health Care Systems: The US National Response Framework.  In Veenema, T. (ed.).  Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards, 3rd, ed.  Springer.
  • Lavin, R. & Veenema, T.  (2012) Disaster Case Management: Case Study.  In Veenema, T. (ed.). Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards, 3rd ed. Springer.
  • Lavin, R., Schemmel-Rettenmeier, L., & Frommelt-Kuhle, M. (2012) Conducting Research During Disasters.  Annual Review of Nursing Research: Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance, Vol. 30.  Springer, New York.
  • Weltin, A & Lavin, R. (2012) The effect of acommunity garden on HgA1c in diabetics of Marshallese descent. J Community Health Nurs 29(1): 12-24.
  • Lavin, R., Schemmel-Rettenmeier, L., & Frommelt-Kuhle, M. (2012) Reconsidering ”Special Needs” Populations During a Disaster.  Annual Review of Nursing Research: Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance, Vol. 30.  Springer, New York.
  • Perekev, M., Singh, K., Lavin, R., Hsu, S., & Broyles, T. (2010) Healthcare Facilities Sustainability – Long-term Issues.  In R. Powers (ed.).  International disaster Nursing, Madison, WI: World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine. Cambridge Press.
  • National Commission on Children and Disasters. (2009)  Lavin, R. & Revere, C. (Eds.) National Commission on Children and Disasters Interim Report to Congress and the President.  Available at http://www.childrenanddisasters.acf.hhs.gov/InterimReport_FullDraft_V16_web.pdf.
  • Lavin, R. & Menifee, S. (Eds.). (2008) Disaster Case Management Model and Implementation Guide. Available at: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/disaster-case-management-roberta-lavin/1110618225?ean=2940014383578
  • Savitz, L., Lavin, R. & Root, E. (2007).  Geographical Information Systems as a Strategic Tool for Better Planning, Response, and Recovery.  In National Security Issues in Science, Law, and Technology. Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton.
  • Lavin, R., Dreyfuss, M., Slepski, L., & Kasper, C. (2007) Subject Matter Experts:  Fact or Fiction.  Nursing Forum, 42(4).
  • Lavin, R., Harrington, M., Lavine, A., Agbot-Tabi, E. & Erger, N. (2007) Critical Infrastructure Protection:  Why Physicians, Nurses, and Other Healthcare Professionals Need to be Involved.  American Journal of Disaster Medicine, 1(1), p 48 - 54.
  • Lavin, R.  (2006) HIPAA and Disaster Research:  Preparing to Conduct Research. Disaster Management and Response, 4(2), 32-37.
  • Couig, M., Martinelli, A., & Lavin, R. (2005)The National Response Plan:  Health and Human Services the Lead for Emergency Support Function #8.  Disaster Management & Response, 3(2), 34-40.
  • Gebbie, K., Conway-Welch, C., Lavin, R., Couig, MP, Stanley, J, Chaffee, M.  (2005) Standardizing Expectations of Nursing Contributions to Emergency Response: The Role of International Nursing Coalition for Mass Casualty Education (INCMCE). Prehospital and Disaster medicine 20 (S1), 37.
  • Phillips, S. & Lavin, R. (2004) Readiness and Response to Public Health Emergencies.  Journal of Professional Nursing.  November, 2004.

Selected Presentations

  • (2017 – Invited) Lavin, R., Anderson, M., & Lord, G.  Community Disaster Coalition Development: A Panel Discussion. InterMedix Summit. Nashville, TN.
  • (2017 – Invited) Lavin, R. & Lord, G. A Discussion on Current Policy and Issues in Children and Disasters. InterMedix Summit. Nashville, TN.
  • (2017 – Invited) Lavin, R. Connecting the Dotted Lines: Population Health, Chronic Disease, and Emergency Preparedness. USU. Bethesda, MD.
  • (2017) Webinar: What Clinicians Know about Disaster Preparedness. AACN.
  • (2017) Lavin, R. & Holmes, K. Strengthening Academic/Practice Partnerships: A Toolkit for Implementing Population Focused Disaster and Chronic Disease Education. Focus on Teaching and Learning. St. Louis, MO
  • (2017) Veenema, T., Adams, L., Langan, J. & Lavin. R. Call to Action Advancing Disaster Nursing Education in the U.S. Institute of Emergency Nursing Research. St. Louis, MO
  • (2017) Lavin, R. Addressing Implicit Bias in DNP Admissions. The National Forum on State Nursing Workforce Centers. Denver, CO.
  • (2017) Lavin, R., Langan, J., Veenema, G., Charney, R., & Holmes, K. Challenges and Opportunities for Strengthening Academic Practice Partnerships to Impact Population Health in Chronic Disease and Emergency Response. The National Forum on State Nursing Workforce Centers. Denver, CO.
  • (2016 – Invited) Couig, MP, Dobalian, A, Griffin, Lavin, R, & Veenema,T. Nursing Administration and Leadership in an Emerging Clinical Arena. Society for the Advancement of Disaster Nursing Leadership Conference. Baltimore, MD.
  • (2016) Panel Presentation: Couig, MP, Dobalian, A, Griffin, A, Lavin, R., & Veenema,T. Nurses as Leaders in Disaster Preparedness and Response: A Call to Action. 2016 National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference. Washington, DC.
  • (2016) Lavin, R. & Holmes, K. Connecting the Dotted Lines: Collaborative Learning Through Online Education. Focus on Teaching and Learning. St. Louis.
  • (2016) Poster: Veenema,T.,Couig, MP, Dobalian, A, Griffin, A, & Lavin, R. Nurses as Leaders in Disaster Preparedness and Response: A Call to Action. Disaster Health Education Symposium. Bethesda, MD.
  • (2016) Veenema, T., Griffin, A., Gable, A., MacIntyre, L., Larson, E., Lavin, R., Couig, M., Walsh, J., Simons, N., Dobalian, A. Nurses as Leaders in Disaster Preparedness and Response: A Call to Action. Sigma Theta Tau Leadership Connection 2016. Indianapolis, IN.
  • (2016) Lavin, R., Veenema, T., Couig, M, Gable, A., Griffin, A. Nurses as Leaders in Disaster Preparedness and Response: A Call to Action. Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, 2nd Annual Meeting. Rockville, MD.
  • (2015) Poster: Goodwin, T, Griffin, A., Gable, A., MacIntyre, L., Simons, N., Couig M., Walsh, J., Lavin, R., Doballin, A., Larson, E. Nurses as Leaders in Disaster Preparedness and Response: A Call to Action. Advancing and Redefining Communities for Emergency Management. San Diego, CA
  • (2014 – Invited) Lavin, R. Ebola. Deer Valley Home Health Nursing Conference. St. Louis, MO.
  • (2014 – Invited) Research Panel. Policy Panel. Call to Action: Nurses as Leaders in Disaster Preparedness & Response. Veterans Affairs Research Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
  • (2014 – Invited) Panel Presentation. Policy Panel. Call to Action: Nurses as Leaders in Disaster Preparedness & Response. Veterans Affairs Research Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
  • (2014) Lavin, R. & Davolt, J. Mental Health Needs of Children During Disaster. San Antonio, TX.
  • (2011 – Invited) Lavin, R.  Spiritual Assessment.  Joy of Caring 4th Annual Conference.  Dubuque, IA.
  • (2011 – Invited) Lavin, R. Danielle Pierce Memorial Lecture, Mental Illness and Violence: Brain or Behavior. Dubuque, IA.
  • (2011 – Invited) Panel Presentation.  Healthy Living Panel.  Women’s Leadership Network, Dubuque, IA.
  • (2010 – Invited) Lavin, R. & Tinsman, M.  Emergency Support Function – 6:  Disaster Case Management Research.  VHA Comprehensive Emergency Management Program Evaluation and Research (CEMPER) Conference, Baltimore, MD.
  • (2010 – Invited) Panel Presentation.  U.S. Response in Haiti, Best Practices and Lessons Learned.  Individual Assistance Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • (2009 – Invited) Lavin, R. Children and Disasters.  Wisconsin Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster Conference, Ft. McCray, WI.
  • (2009 – Invited) Lavin, R.  Pandemic Planning: H1N1.  Kappa Omicron Conference, Chico State University, Chico, CA.
  • (2009 – Invited) Lavin, R.  Disaster Case Management.  Disaster Case Management in Louisiana: A Roundtable on Recovery from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike.  Baton Rogue, LA. 
  • (2009) Hsu, S., Ross, K., Jean Paul, M., & Lavin, R.  Disaster Case Management in Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.  18th USPHS Nursing Recognition Day Program, Bethesda, MD.
  • (2008) Lavin, R., Kalinich, J., Kane, M.  Poster Presentation:  Histologic Changes in Muscle of Rats Embedded with Tungsten Alloy.  Army Force Health Protection Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
  • (2008) Lavin, R.  Poster Presentation:  Shrapnel Injuries: What Nurses Should Monitor Now and Long-Term.  Army Force Health Protection Conference, Albuquerque, NM.

Honors and Awards

  • USPHS Distinguished Service Medal
  • USPHS Meritorious Service
  • USPHS Outstanding Service
  • Exemplary Leadership Award
  • Assistant Secretary’s 2008 Organization Team Achievement Award
  • Assistant Secretary’s 2008 Partnering for HHS Excellence Award – California Wildfires Response Team
  • Assistant Secretary’s 2008 Partnering for HHS Excellence Award – Case Management Team
  • USUHS Academic Excellence Award
  • HHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service
  • Sylvia E. Hart Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Secret Service Support for the President Inauguration
  • USPHS Crisis Response Ribbon
  • USPHS Hazardous Duty Service Ribbon
  • USPHS Foreign Service

Memberships

  • Missouri Nurses Association
  • American Nurses Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • AMSUS