Lauren Clark RN, PhD, FAAN

Curriculum Vitae

  • Professor, College Of Nursing, University of Utah



  • Baccalaureate of Science 1985, Nursing, University of Arizona
  • Master of Science 1988, Community Health Nursing, University of Arizona
  • Doctor of Philosophy 1992, Nursing, University of Arizona

Honors & Awards

  • Presentation of Distinction: Complexity in instrument development: Designing a health-related quality of life measure for people with intellectual disabilities. Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, 10/2014
  • Transcultural Scholar, a designation of scholarly achievement and contribution to transcultural nursing science and practice bestowed upon <60 nurses worldwide. Transcultural Nursing Society, 10/01/2012
  • Fellow. Western Academy of Nursing, 03/20/2012
  • Best Research Article of the Year. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 01/01/2012
  • Spirit Award. College of Nursing, University of Utah, 08/2011
  • Mentor Award. Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Rho Chapter, 04/2011
  • Faculty Development Fellowship. Leadership Development Program, University of Utah, 09/2010
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing. In recognition of contributions to nursing education, research, and policy, 11/2004
  • Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology. In recognition of contributions to theory and practice in applied anthropology, 01/2001
  • Anna M. Fillmore Award for Community Service. National League for Nursing, 1999
  • Florence Hemley Schneider Women's Studies Dissertation Award. University of Arizona, Women's Studies Department , 05/1993
  • Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. University of Arizona, College of Nursing, 05/1993


Professor Lauren Clark is the Division Chair for Health Systems and Community Based Care faculty in the College of Nursing.  Her post-doctoral training includes a certificate in Medical Anthropology from the University of Arizona and cultural anthropology methods through the National Science Foundation.  Her research focus on health disparities among diverse and marginalized populations has directed her exploration into child feeding and parenting among Mexican immigrant and Mexican American families, as well as community-based work among disability communities in the areas of nutrition and physical activity.  As a qualitative researcher, primarily, she elicits and analyzes how people come to understand their health and illness situations and act on that understanding.

In the Media

  • Clark, L. (2014). Podcast interview with the Editor of Journal of Transcultural Nursing: Lauren Clark discusses the humanizing gaze of transcultural nursing. Available for a limited time at the Journal of Transcultural Nursing website. 02/2014.

Career Highlights

In her clinical specialty, Dr. Clark established a public health nursing clinical education and practice site affiliated with a refugee torture survivor center. Her service in immigrant and rural communities earned her the Anna M. Fillmore Award from the National League for Nursing in 1999. 

Dr. Clark’s research career has focused on cultural aspects of health disparities. She is currently exploring healthy lifestyles and disability using community-based participatory research approaches. 

On the national level, Dr. Clark has been appointed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to developed curricular cultural competencies in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. She has also served on professional ethics committee of the  American Anthropological Association and as a scientific reviewer for the National Institutes of Health. 

Dr. Clark is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Society for Applied Anthropology.