Leadership Team

Eileen Cormier, BSN (University of New Brunswick), MN (Dalhousie University), MSN (Boston College), PhD (University of Florida)

 Dr. Cormier, Associate Professor, is the Associate Dean of Research and Director of the Center for Research and Evidence Based Practice. Her research is directed at understanding decision-making processes and the use of deliberate practice in simulation task environments. Her early studies of parents of children with ADHD on behavioral intervention selection and decision-making related to initiation of stimulant medication, spurred her interest in the decisional processes of parents who choose to deviate from the standard pediatric immunization schedule, students who become pregnant while attending nursing school, African American women who have contracted HIV from their husbands, and nursing students responding to complex critical care scenarios. She is currently interested in developing educational interventions based on the deliberate practice model to improve communication skills and the quality of care nurses provide to medically ill patients with a comorbid diagnosis of a mental illness. Dr. Cormier has expertise in psychiatric/mental health nursing, child mental health, quantitative research methods including single subject experimental design, and qualitative research methods such as grounded theory.


Laurie Grubbs, BSN (Florida State University), MSN, PhD (University of Florida)

 Dr. Grubbs, Professor, serves as the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Nurse Scientist.  Her university office is housed in the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Center for Research and Evidence Based Practice on the FSU campus, and she also maintains an office at TMH. Her role focuses on supporting TMH Nursing’s shared governance model for nursing leadership and practice. This is done by facilitating nursing’s ownership of practice through evidence-based practice and research, and the integration of FSU faculty and students in research projects within TMH. Dr. Grubbs brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in traditional academic and clinical research. She has served on the faculty of the Florida State University College of Nursing for the past 32 years, in addition to a part-time clinical practice as a Nurse Practitioner.  Dr. Grubbs has authored/co-authored more than 25 articles in refereed journals, and is n the 3rd edition of a textbook for Nurse Practitioners. She has served as Chair for over 50 Master’s and DNP research projects, and continues an active role in student mentoring in both research and clinical practice.


Judith McFetridge-Durdle, BN, MN (Dalhousie University), PhD (University of Florida)

 Dr. McFetridge-Durdle, Dean and Professor, completed postdoctoral studies in Behavioral Medicine at Duke University.  Observations of persons recovering from acute cardiovascular events laid the foundation for her research program on the role of psychological stress in the etiology of heart disease.  Dr. McFetridge-Durdle has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Health Canada and is published widely in scientific journals in nursing, medicine and physiology. She served as Mentor (2003-2009) and Assocscientists. iate Director (2007-2009) of FUTURE, the CIHR-funded research training program for cardiovascular nurse scientists.


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