Andrea Tanner, PhD, RN, NCSN
Program: Advanced Training in Self-Management Interventions for Serious Chronic Conditions (T32)
Faculty Advisor: Wendy Trueblood Miller, PhD, RN, CNS, CCRN, FAAN, FAES
Tanner is a T32 postdoctoral fellow and school nurse researcher eager to address the mental health of children and adolescents. With two decades of school nursing experience, Tanner brings a unique lens to researching a troubling mental health condition, Functional Neurologic Disorder, and its most common symptom of functional seizures. Her research interest is self-, family-, and school-management of functional seizures and the role school nurses can play in improving academic, mental health, and quality of life outcomes for adolescents experiencing functional seizures. Tanner's experience in school nursing practice and leadership, health and education policy, and nursing education inform her work and equip her with skills necessary to not only continue developing a critical program of research, but also prepare future nurses and inform local, state, and federal health and education policy. Tanner has been president of the Indiana Association of School Nurses, consulting research strategist for the National Association of School Nurses, and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Breakthrough Leader in Nursing. Tanner earned her PhD from Indiana University, where she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar and received the honors of IUPUI Elite 50 and Chancellor's Scholar.