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Lana Sargent, Ph.D., RN, FNP-C, GNP-BC

Assistant Professor
Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems

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1100 East Leigh Street, Room 3043
Box 980567
Richmond, VA 23298-0567

Phone: (804) 828-3410
Email: lsargent@vcu.edu


With a passion for bio-physical optimization in the older adult, it is a privilege to teach graduate students about the complex care needs of older adults, gero-pharmacology, and diagnosis and treatment of chronic disease.  My approach to teaching is based on my secondary research interest in active and technology-enabled learning and simulation that reinforces context-based learning.  In community-based clinical settings I work with nursing and other interprofessional students with the aim of helping seniors age in place through prevention and early detection of health conditions, particularly associated with chronic care management.


Prior to nursing, a degree in biomedical research led me to work in genomics and genetics at Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. From this experience, I developed a desire to link bench science to translational clinical practice, I pursued nursing, eventually achieving a graduate degree before completing my PhD in nursing. Predoctoral and post-doctoral training through the NIH’s National Institute of Aging, Division of Neuroscience has allowed me to combine my biomedical and clinical training to further develop my research.

As a nurse scientist, my research interest is aimed at deepening the knowledge associated with discovering clinical and biological determinants for the detection and prevention of physical and cognitive decline in older community dwelling adults.  When frail adults experience a clinical event that requires medical or surgical intervention, some experience rapid and serious cognitive and physical decline.  My research integrates neurogenetics and bioinformatics to develop disease prediction models for the detection and prevention of physical and cognitive decline. Studies are under development to validate the prediction models with the intent to translate these models into the clinical setting and explore interventions to effectively detect high risk patients and implement interventions to improve health outcomes for older adults.


An active practitioner, I maintain certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (GNP-C), primarily with the practice sites associated with the Richmond Health and Wellness Program.  Other service activities include work with the Alzheimer’s Association Medical Community Relations Work Group – Greater Richmond and the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners (VCNP), the Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRA) and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).  As a speaker, I have addressed topics that address the biological plausibility of a phenotype for cognitive frailty, issues in coordinating care for low income adults, and interprofessional collaboration.


  • NIH/IPA – Postdoctoral Researcher – National Institute of Aging – Division of Neuroscience
  • NIH Graduate Student – National Institute of Aging- Division of Neuroscience
  • PhD Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
  • MSN Regis College, Weston, MA
  • BSN Regis College, Weston, MA
  • BS Research Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA 


  • The Promise of Nursing for South Carolina Regional Faculty Fellowship 2014
  • Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners Education Award 2014
  • Mabel E. Montgomery Award 2013
  • 2009 - Geiger Gibson Emerging Leader Award, George Washington University
  • 2004 - Excellence in Nursing Research and Scholarship, Regis College
  • 2003 - Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award, Regis College


  • 2013-2015 Co-Investigator, Richmond Health and Wellness Program (RHWP). Funded by HRSA: Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention(NEPQR)
  • 2012-2013: Principal Investigator, iPad Grant. Funded by VCU Center of Teaching 
  • 2011-2012: Co-Investigator, Outcomes for Post-Graduate Nurse Practitioner
    Center of Worcester. Funded by Jessie B. Cox Charitable Foundation, Fairlawn Foundation
  • 2009-2011: Principal Investigator, Post-Graduate Nurse Practitioner Residency
    Program Pilot Project at Family Health Center of Worcester. Funded by
    Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, Mass AHEC


  • Oliveira, T., Starkweather, A., Ramesh, D., Fetta, J., Kelly, D. L., Lyon, D. E., & Sargent, L. Putative mechanisms of cognitive decline with implications for clinical research and practice. In Nursing Forum. doi: 10.1111/nuf.12247
  • Sargent, L.,& Brown, R. Assessing the Current State of Cognitive Frailty: Measurement Properties. Journal of Nutrition Health and Aging. January 2017, Vol 21, Issue 1. doi: 10.1007/s12603-016-0735-9. PMID: 28112769
  • Davis, K., Sargent, L., & Menzies, V. (2017). Community-based care of the fibromyalgia patient: Strategies to promote self-management. Home Healthcare Now, 35(7), 2-10. doi: 10.1097/NHH.0000000000000570 [I] PMID: 28650366
  • Starkweather, A., Sargent, L., Nye, C., Albrecht, T., Cloutier, R., & Foster, A. (2017). Progressive Assessment and Competency Evaluation Framework for Integrating Simulation in Nurse Practitioner Education. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners13(7), e301-e310.
  • Sargent, L., & Miles, E. Transforming the Classroom with Tablet Technology. Nurse Educator. November-December 2016, Vol 41, Issue 6. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000278 PMID: 27232371
  • Sargent, L.J. (2015). Functional Ability, Chapter 2. In J.F. Giddens, Concepts for Nursing Practice. St. Louis, MI: Elsevier, In Press
  • Sargent L.J., Parsons P, Dow A, Delafuente J, Boling P.A., Implementing A Virtual Case System for Geriatric Interprofessional Education and Evaluation with Four Professional Schools, American Geriatrics Society, May 3-5, 2013. 
  • Sargent, L., & Olmedo, M. (2013). Meeting the Needs of New-Graduate Nurse Practitioners: A Model to Support Transition. Journal of Nursing Administration, 43(11), 603-610.


National and International Presentations         

  • Sargent, L., (March, 2018) Presentation: Biological Plausibility for a Novel Phenotype: Cognitive Frailty. VCU Medical Grand Rounds. Richmond, VA
  • Sargent, L., Starkweather, A., Hobgood, S., Thompson, H., Nalls, M., Singleton, A., Amella, E., (June, 2017) Poster: Establishing Biological Plausibility for Cognitive Frailty: A Systematic Review, 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, San Francisco, CA
  • Sargent, L., (February, 2016) Cognitive Frailty: An Innovative New Area for Nursing Research, Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS). Williamsburg, VA
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