About

Dr. Muirhead joined the School of Nursing in September 2012. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a post-master's certificate from the University of Massachusetts, a master's degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama, with a concentration in Community Health and Nursing Education, and a bachelor's degree in nursing from William Carey College.  She is a recognized national expert and consultant to numerous advisory boards and prestigious organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has secured funding awards that have led to establishing innovative programs and initiatives to build nursing capacity in health systems.  Dr. Muirhead has held several leadership roles throughout her career that have strengthened and expanded the APRN scope of practice through legislation, education, and clinical competency.  She is the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing VA Nursing Academic Partnership Director, leading and developing national benchmark strategies for Veteran-Centered education and practice.  She has been extensively recognized for domestic and global community engagement and has advanced services to impoverished communities. Dr. Muirhead served as the International Academic and Cultural Exchange Coordinator and Service Learning Academic Coordinator for the Lillian Carter Center for International Nursing. Her impact has been focused on improving access and uptake of health care use among some of our most vulnerable populations, including those with serious mental illness (SMI), those experiencing homelessness, Veterans, persons at risk for cancer, and persons battling Hepatitis C.

Areas of Expertise

Acute & Chronic Care
Gerontology and Elder Health
Health Disparities
Public Health/Public Health Nursing
Veteran Health
Vulnerable Populations

Publications

Muirhead, L., Hall, P., Jones, Taylor, C., Clifford, G., Felton, T., Williams, K. (2017). Critical questions: Advancing the health of female Veterans. Journal of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Jul 21. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12490.

Kaplan, B., Muirhead, L., Zhang, W. (2017). Promoting veteran-centered nursing education through high-fidelity simulation in the clinical practice setting. Clinical Simulation In Nursing, (13) 6, 258-263.

Teaching

Research

Dr. Muirhead’s research has focused on the application of the Behavioral Model of Vulnerable Population, examining access and use of services among those experiencing homelessness. The work with her colleagues in establishing a foot care model for those experiencing homelessness showcases the value of community-participatory efforts and was nominated for the President’s Honor Roll Award in Higher Education.

Awards