Leanne Lefler, is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), with an adjunct appointment to the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center at the Central Arkansas Veterans Administration. She is a board-certified Advanced Practice Nurse and Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist. Dr. Lefler is named a Fellow in the American Heart Association and recently received the distinguished Mathy Mezey Excellence in Aging Award from the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing of the American Heart Association.
Dr. Lefler has sustained contributions of leadership, service and excellence in aging research. She was a former leader for the Hartford Center of Nursing Excellence at UAMS and currently serves on the Health Care Industry Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, advocating for older adults. Dr. Lefler was named Breakthrough Nurse Leader for the Culture of Health and Campaign Outreach Advocate for The Culture of Health by the Robert W. Johnson Foundation for her work with older adults in building a culture of health with community intervention research and service.
She has been the recipient of federal and other funding for her work in reducing cardiovascular risk, improving physical activity, improving quality of life in older adults with heart failure and educating nurse practitioners. Most recently, she is federally funded to test a model of telehealth care to promote self-management of heart failure in older adults and to reduce burden for caregivers. Dr. Lefler has multiple presentations and publications in these areas.