Laura Kimble

Laura Kimble

Professor, clinical track, Associate Dean for Academic Operations | PhD, RN, FNP-C, FAHA, FAAN


Dr. Kimble is a Professor, clinical track, and received her baccalaureate in nursing degree from Berea College, a master of science in nursing from the University of Kentucky, and a doctor of philosophy from the University of Rochester. Dr. Kimble focuses on understanding the biologic basis for patient symptoms using metabolomics and other methods. Her prior work as a symptom scientist primarily focused on women with chronic symptoms of ischemic heart disease. More recently, her research focuses on patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and addressing health disparities around symptoms and quality of life in this population.  Dr. Kimble's research has been funded by  National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH as well as the American Heart Association. She is the author or co-author of multiple research based articles and abstracts focused on the symptom experience in persons with chronic illness and symptom management. Her almost 30 years of experience in academia has primarily focused on teaching at the graduate level with a focus on applied statistics, mixed methods, and instrumentation/ measurement. She has supervised multiple PhD in Nursing students in completing their dissertations. She has received honors for both her research and teaching, including the Georgia Nurses Association Researcher of the Year Award, the Outstanding Alumna Award for Research from the University of Kentucky and the Teacher/Scholar Award from Emory University.

Areas of Expertise

Metabolomics and Lupus
Biological Behavioral Omics
Symptom Science
Womens Health
Metabolomics and Lupus
Biological Behavioral/omics
Symptom Science
Women's Health


Kimble, L. P., Leslie, S., & Carlson, N.  (2020).  Metabolomics research conducted by nurse-scientists: A systematic scoping review. Biological Research for Nursing. Epub ahead of print: doi:

Kimble, L. P., Phan, Q, Hillman, J., Blackman, J., Shore, C., Swainson, N., & Amobi, C. N. (2020). The CAPACITY Professional Development Model for community-based primary care nurses: Needs assessment and curriculum planning. Nursing Economic$, 38,110-120,148.

Clark, P.C., Kimble, L.P., Bates, T. A., &  Marcus, J. A. Strategies for successful promotion for clinical track faculty. Journal of Advanced Nursing. Published ahead of print.

Johnson, C., Kimble, L. P., Gunby, S. S., & Davis, A.. (2019) Using peer-to-peer deliberate practice and simulation for psychomotor skill competency acquisition and retention: A mixed method study. Nurse Educator.  Published ahead of print. doi: NE.0000000000000713

Chen, H., Bellury, L., Kimble, L. P. et al.  (2019). Multi-wave formative evaluation of a retention program for minority nursing students: Intended effects, unintended consequences, and remedial actions. American Journal of Evaluation. Published on line at  doi/abs/10.1177/1098214018803595?journalCode=ajec

Hopkins, C., +Kimble, L. P. et al. (2019) Mixed methods study of coping and depression in adolescent girls with polycystic ovary syndrome.  Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.31,189-197. doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000125.

Laibhen-Parkes, N., +Kimble, L. P.,Melnyk, B., Sudia, T., & Codone, S. (2018). An adaptation of the original Fresno test to measure evidence-based practice competence in pediatric bedside nurses.   World Views on Evidence Based Nursing.doi:10.1111.wvn.12289 [Epub Ahead of Print]


Dr. Kimble is a master teacher who has taught across all levels of programs in the School of Nursing and has had a major impact within Emory and on nursing education within the state of Georgia.  She is respected by students and her peers for her expertise in symptom science in the intersection of cardiovascular risk and autoimmune disease, teaching-learning and pedagogy. Her 28-year career in academia has primarily focused on teaching at the graduate level with a focus on applied health care statistics and research methods.


Dr. Kimble's work focuses on symptom management in chronic illness with a particular focus on autoimmune diseases, specifically systemic lupus erythematosus. She is currently funded by NIH to examine the biologic basis for multiple symptoms in patients with lupus using metabolomics.


2020 Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award, Emory University-wide award

2017 Woodruff Leadership Academy, Emory Health Sciences Center, Emory University

2012 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

2004 Teacher/Scholar Award, Emory University-wide Teaching Award, May, 2004