Laura A. Talbot, PhD, EdD, RN, is the Dean and Ruth Neil Murray Endowed Chair in Nursing in the College of Nursing. Dr. Talbot has extensive administrative, clinical and research experience, much of it gleaned during her more than 30 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, where she rose to the rank of colonel and commanded a medical squadron. Dr. Talbot assumed her responsibilities at UTHSC in June 2012.
Originally from Texas, Dr. Talbot received her undergraduate education at Incarnate Word College School of Nursing in San Antonio. She obtained graduate degrees from California State University in Los Angeles, the University of North Texas in Denton, and Texas Women’s University in Denton, focusing on college teaching, studies in aging and nursing. Her postdoctoral work was performed at the Gerontology Research Center and sponsored by the National Institute of Nursing Research and National Institute on Aging, parts of the National Institutes of Health.