• Associate Dean of Faculty Practice, College Of Nursing
  • Professor (Clinical), College Of Nursing


  • Bachelor of Science, BS, University Of Wyoming
  • Master of Science, MS, University Of Utah
  • Certificate, School of Business, University of Utah. Project: Administration for Physicians: A Medical Leadership Program
  • Certificate, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Project: Leadership for the 21st Century - Chaos, Conflict and Courage
  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Nursing, University of Utah. Project: A New Way to Assess Pain: The Coping With Labor Algorithm


Leissa is a Doctoral prepared Certified Nurse Midwife who has been faculty at the University of Utah College of Nursing since 1993.  As a clinician, she is committed to listening to women and providing care with the nurse-midwifery philosophy that focuses on the needs of the individual and family for physical, emotional and social support with attention to cultural and personal values.  She enjoys all aspects of woman’s health care and obstetrics and specializes in young woman who are having their first gynecologic health care visit.

As the Associate Dean of Faculty Practice, she is responsible for College of Nursing faculty who are Advanced Practice Nurses, facilitating interdisciplinary models of care and development of new faculty practice sites.  Dr. Roberts oversees 12 different faculty practices and is responsible for the 40 faculty in those 12 practices.  Her specialty is interdisciplinary and collaborative practice. She has increased revenue generation in Faculty Practice from less than $500K per year to over $4.5 million per year.  Dr. Roberts is the Primary author of the Coping With Labor Algorithm© a new tool which replaces the old 1-10 NRS in pain evaluation for the laboring woman.  She is also the creative vision behind the Sutter Health College of Nursing partnership which has led to over 60 graduate assistant positions for CON students. Dr. Roberts received the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) State Advocate Award for Excellence in 2013.  This award is given annually at the National AANP conference to individuals across the US who have made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and acceptance of Nurse Practitioners both nationally and locally. She was also the recipient of the National Perinatal Association’s 2013 Individual Contribution to Maternal Child Health Award.  Dr. Roberts was inducted as a fellow in the American College of Nurse Midwives in 2015. 

Career Highlights

Associate Dean of Faculty Practice, College of Nursing