Felissa R. Lashley, RN, PhD, ACRN, FAAN, FACMG, is Dean and Professor, College of Nursing at Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey. Prior to that she was Dean and Professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine at Southern Illinois University, Springfield. Dr. Lashley is certified as a PhD Medical Geneticist by the American Board of Medical Genetics, the first nurse to be so certified, and is a founding fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics. She began her practice of genetic evaluation and counseling in 1973.
Dr. Lashley has authored more than 300 publications, including three editions of Clinical Genetics in Nursing Practice, the first two editions of which received Book of the Year Awards from the American Journal of Nursing. Other books have also received AJN Bookof the Year Awards, including The Person with AIDS: Nursing Perspectives (Durham and Cohen, editors), Women, Children, and HIV/AIDS (Cohen and Durham, editors), and Emerging Infectious Diseases: Trends and Issues (Lashley and Durham, editors). Tuberculosis: A Sourcebook for Nursing Practice (Cohen and Durham, editors) received the Book of the Year award from Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Lashley has received several million dollars in external research funding and has served as a member of the charter AIDS Research Review Committee, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Lashley has been a distinguished lecturer for Sigma Theta Tau International, and served as Associate Editor of Image: The Journal of Nursing Scholarship. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and received an Exxon Eduation Foundation Innovation Award for her article on integrating genetics into community college nursing curricula. She is a member of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics, and the American Society of Human Genetics. She is a member of the steering committee of the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health. She served as President of the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board and received the 2000 Nurse Researcher Award from the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, the 2001 SAGE Award by the Illinois Nurse Leadership Institute for outstanding mentorship, and the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award from Illinois State University, who inducted her into their College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 2005. She served as a member of the PKU Consensus Development Panel, National Institutes of Health. She was selected as a Woman of Excellence by the New Jersey Women in AIDS Network in March 2005. Dr. Lashley serves as a board member at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.