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Vanessa Loyd, PhD, RN

lloyd-vanessa-2.jpg Vanessa Loyd, DNP, PhD, RN
Dean's Fellow for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Associate Teaching Professor

NAB 207
College of Nursing, South Campus

Phone: 314-516-7513
Fax: 314-516-7082

Vanessa Loyd is a long-time member of the UMSL teaching faculty; she joined the College of Nursing in 2008. Vanessa brought with her myriad experiences in the areas of leadership, education, medical surgical, mental health, correctional medicine, perioperative nursing and long-term care. She completed her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Her area of research interest centered at African American Women Nursing Faculty in Higher Education. Vanessa has a strong interest in Policies, Disparities, Social Justice, Diversity, Quality and Safety in Nursing Education and Workforce Development in Nursing. Vanessa has completed her DNP in leadership in Population Health and Healthcare Systems. Vanessa teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She is very active in nursing and in community engagement. She serves as the Advisor to the Minority Student Nurses Association (MSNA), as well as a leader with several community organizations. Vanessa serves on the Missouri Chapter of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (MODOHE) as the Vice-President and is a Board Leadership Fellow for the Missouri Nurses Association.  Vanessa is the past President for the Alpha Chi Chi Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority and Co-Chair of the Washington University Patient Research Advisory Board (PRAB). She also has served on the board of Office of Minority Health- Eastern Alliance, American Heart Association Minority Council and East Central Missouri Area Health Education Center as a member.


  • DNP - University of Missouri-St. Louis [Leadership in Population Health]
  • PhD - University of Missouri-St. Louis [Adult Education]
  • MSN - University of Missouri-St. Louis [Nursing Administration]
  • BSN - Kansas Newman College
  • ASN - Kansas newman College

Teaching Areas

  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Research
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Vulnerable Populations in Health
  • Social Determinants in Health
  • Adult Health Nursing
  • Health Assessment
  • Fundamentals in Nursing
  • Capstone

Research Interests

  • African-American Women Nursing Faculty in Higher Education
  • Community-Wide Academic-Service Partnership for Expansion of Faculty and Student
  • Health Disparities
  • Racism in Academic Nursing
  • Workforce Development

Selected Grants

  • African American Nursing History: Health Disparities Conference, project funded, in part by the Missouri Health Foundation. Award Date: Spring 2014
  • Urban Extension Program, a joint project of University of Missouri Extension and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Award Date: Fall 2008