Dr. Lawson received her BSN, MSN, and DNP degrees from the University of South Alabama. She is an expert in the design, implementation, and evaluation of nursing curricula. She has been recognized for her excellence in teaching and developing successful nursing education programs from within and beyond the college arena.
Dr. Lawson’s interests include advanced nursing education, improving access to care in rural and underserved areas, and improving cardiovascular disease risk factors in women. She has received over $2.4 million in extramural and intramural funding and has disseminated her work in various professional nursing journals. She has also presented her scholarly work at local, regional, state, national, and international conferences.
Dr. Lawson is dual certified as an adult and acute care nurse practitioner. She maintains currency in clinical practice as a healthcare provider at the UA Student Health Center. Nursing and other professional organizations have recognized Dr. Lawson for her service, leadership, and practice. She received the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence in NP Clinical Practice for Alabama in 2009, the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama Outstanding Nurse Practitioner award in 2013, and the Leadership and Dedication to Advanced Practice Nursing award from the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama in 2019. Dr. Lawson is the Immediate Past President of the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama and serves on the Alabama Board of Nursing CRNP Advanced Practice Advisory Council. In 2018, Dr. Lawson was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners for her outstanding contributions to education and clinical practice. She was elected as the American Association of Nurse Practitioner State Representative for Alabama in 2020.