Dr. Elissa Ladd

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Lecturer
Field of Specialization: Medical Science/Nursing
Name: Dr. Elissa Ladd
Official Address and Designation: Associate Professor
MGH Institute of Health Professions
School of Nursing
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution in India: Manipal University College of Nursing,
Manipal, Karnataka
Duration of Grant: 6 months
December 2011 / January 2012
Brief Bio:
Dr. Elissa Ladd received her Ph.D. in health policy and nursing from the University of Massachusetts; her Master's from the Rush University and her undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania. She has practiced in advanced practice nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a wide variety of primary health care settings, with special focus on underserved populations. She has worked with the US Public Health Service/Indian Health Service, International Rescue Committee, Healthcare for the Homeless programs and community health centers. At present Dr. Ladd is leading the Adult Nurse Practitioner graduate program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (MGHIHP). Her academic focus has been on curriculum development for the advanced practice nursing programs and she has also served as a curriculum consultant with a working group from the MGHIHP in South Africa. Her research focus has been on pharmaceutical policy and rational prescribing for health care providers and rational medicine use for consumers. She has created national educational programs for advanced practice nurses on rational prescribing and evidence based sources of information on drugs. She was the only nurse to receive funding from the US Attorney General Consumer and Prescriber Grant program to conduct research on evidence based prescribing and rational medicine use. Dr. Ladd has lectured widely at national and international venues on pharmaceutical policy, rational medicine use, and prescribing practices. Her research has been published in variety of health services journals, including the American Journal of Managed Care, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Geriatric Nursing and the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
As a Fulbright-Nehru visiting lecturer Dr. Ladd will be associated with the Manipal University College of Nursing, Manipal, Karnataka. The broad goals of her scholarship are to: 1) increase understanding of the role and practice of advance practice nursing through both didactic and practice activities, 2) to explore strategies that may expand its integration in current and changing healthcare delivery models; 3) mentor student and faculty research proposals; and 4) to conduct a preliminary pilot study on nursing knowledge and understanding of rational medicine use and the WHO Rational Use of Medicines program.