VCU School of Nursing names interim associate dean of practice and community engagement
Lana Sargent, Ph.D. to lead the school’s practice and community engagement initiatives
Lana Sargent, Ph.D., RN, FNP-C, GNP-BC, associate professor in the department of adult health and nursing systems, has been named as interim associate dean of practice and community engagement by the VCU School of Nursing. Her appointment follows the recent death of Dr. Pam Parsons, who previously held the role.
Sargent is a long-serving faculty member and researcher in the school and has been involved in the school’s community-based programs for over 10 years. As the interim associate dean for practice and community engagement, she will lead the school’s growing faculty practice and provide leadership for community engagement initiatives including the Mobile Health and Wellness Program, which celebrated 10 years of operations in January 2023.
Sargent is also an active researcher on federally and privately-funded projects. She co-leads the Richmond Brain Health Initiative, a project that provides dementia-related screening, education, coaching, and referrals for medically underserved, low-income Black communities. She is also a co-investigator with Jane Chung, Ph.D., RN, associate professor in the school, on a study funded by the National Institute on Aging that aims to develop and validate clinically-relevant markers for mobility and social health in older community-dwelling adults that could help predict changes in cognitive function.