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Lynda Hardy has joined UT’s College of Nursing as associate dean for research.

HardyHardy has extensive experience in research administration in the private and public sector, most recently serving as the senior program director of the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health.

During this time Hardy was responsible for the development, coordination, and administration of grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts with a special focus on clinical trials, global health, infection, and noninfectious diseases across the lifespan.

“Dr. Hardy’s expertise in advancing nursing science in clinical and governmental agencies will bring new perspectives to the College of Nursing,” said Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the College of Nursing. “Her drive, energy, and passion for collaboration and research will strengthen our impact on health and health care in Tennessee and beyond.”

Hardy’s research background specializes in the areas of child health, HIV/AIDS and trauma. She has been involved at the national level in workgroups focusing on big data, biomedical informatics, and Ebola.

Additionally, Hardy has held academic appointments at Winston-Salem State University, Wake Forest University, Baylor University, George Washington University, and the University of Maryland.

Hardy graduated with a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus in nursing and epidemiology; she has a Master of Science in Nursing from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the State University of New York.


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