Kathy LaSala, College of Nursing
Dr. Kathleen B. LaSala, Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Nursing, has 35 years’ experience in nursing education and practice. Dr. LaSala’s research has included both educational/administrative research and clinical research. As Director for the Center for Health and Human Services Outreach at James Madison University, she explored nursing and health care workforce issues, with a focus on disparities in rural and underserved areas. She later expanded this research to explore multiple educational issues, including barriers/strategies for recruitment, retention, job satisfaction, success, transition, mentorship, civility and administrative issues. In investigating administrative issues, Dr. LaSala has been involved in workplace environment research, including social support, team building and civility issues in nursing. Clinically, she was part of a large study that examined tobacco use behaviors in the U.S. Army, focusing on social support, tobacco cessation, and policy issues.