Dr. Ladd received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Master of Science degree from Rush University, and PhD from the University of Massachusetts.
Dr. Ladd has worked as a nurse in health care settings around the world. She volunteered with midwives in a maternity center in Lima, Peru, served as a Commissioned Officer with the Indian Health Service on the Navaho Indian Reservation, and worked in refugee camps on the Thai/Cambodian border. Her global work continued within the context of her academic career as a consultant in the development of a nurse practitioner program at Walter Sisulu University in South Africa and as a Fulbright Scholar at Manipal University in South India. There she served as a professor and mentor to faculty in the College of Nursing, focusing on research and nursing practice innovations. She went on to create an academic partnership between Manipal and the MGH IHP which now supports bidirectional student and faculty immersion programs. Dr. Ladd received funding from the US-India Educational Foundation to promote expanded capacity in inter-professional health professions education.
Dr. Ladd’s research focuses on practice and policies that pertain to nurse prescribing in domestic and global arenas. She has lectured and published widely on policy topics that relate to pharmaceutical practice and advanced practice nursing. She a member of the Core Steering Group of the International Council of Nurses Advanced Practice Nursing Network and was recently appointed as a Co-Director of the Global Academy of Research and Enterprise.