PhD University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas
MS Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas
BS Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Office: 3700 Worth Street, Suite 302, Dallas, Texas 75246
Teaching and Engagement
Dr. Spies is an assistant professor at the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. Specializing in global health and building capacity in health care providers, she has taught global health and international clinical courses on the graduate level since 2004. Her lectures are informed by current clinical practice as family nurse practitioner and by her active involvement in global capacity building endeavors.
Dr. Spies coordinates global endeavors for the Louise Herrington Nursing School and facilitates student and faculty engagement in initiatives in Ethiopia, Hong Kong, India, Peru, Vietnam and Zambia. She is committed to cultivating and supporting initiatives and opportunities for all students and faculty that are interested to participate in global outreach through study abroad, mission, or scholarship experiences.
Dr. Spies is a past president of the North Texas Nurse Practitioners. She is also involved in refugee outreach that includes a community garden project for refugees from Myanmar. Dr. Spies is a co-founder of the North Texas African Health Initiative and has worked actively in Uganda to build nurse leadership and research capacity since 2007. She has participated in faculty and nurse development in Ethiopia, India, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia.
Dr. Spies has an active program of research that focuses on global health, advanced practice nursing, and building research and leadership capacity in nurses locally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Spies' current research focus is building capacity in nurses to decrease morbidity and mortality associated with non-communicable diseases in adults and neonatal asphyxia in infants. She continues also to pursue research related to enhancing students' global engagement and scholarship.
Spies, L. A., Gray, J., Opollo, J. & Mbalinda, S. (2015). HIV and Nurses: A Focus Group on Task Shifting in Uganda. Journal of the Association of Nurses in Aids Care. Published online before print. December 29, 2015 https://dx.doi.org/10/1016/j/jana/2015.12.007
Prater, L., Riley, C. Garner, S., & Spies, L.A. (2015). Travel as a Transformational Spiritual Event. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. 1043659615615403 Published online before print. November 9, 2015.
Spies, L.A., Gray, J., Opollo, J. & Mbalinda. S. (2015). Uganda Nursing Research Agenda: A Delphi Study. International Nursing Review. 62(2), 180-186.
Spies, L. Garner, S., Prater, L. & Riley, C. (2015) Building global nurse capacity through relationships, education, and collaboration. Nurse Education Today, 35(5), 653-656. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2015.01.014
Spies, L. & Gray, J. (2015). Standing in Solidarity with Rosemary. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 26(3),222-223. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jana.2014.09.005
Lemley, M. & Spies, L. (2015). Traditional beliefs and practices among Mexican American immigrants with type II diabetes: A case study. 27(4), 185-189. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. DOI: 10.1002/2327-6924.12157
Opollo, J., Opollo, D. Gray, J. & Spies, L. (2014). Conducting International Nursing Research: Challenges and Opportunities. Nurse Researcher. 22, 2, 29-33.
Opollo, J., Gray, J. & Spies, L. (2014). Work-Related Quality of Life of Ugandan Healthcare Workers. International Nursing Review, 61(1), 116-123. DOI: 10.1111/inr.12077
Martin, R.D. & Spies, L.A. (2011). Recognizing syphilis in an HIV - infected patient. The Nurse Practitioner, 36(12), 7.
Spies, L., Gray, J., Ibitayo, K., Opollo, J. (2009). Texans work with Ugandan Nurses. Nurse Practitioner World News. 14(1&11, 12)
Spies, L. (2009). Diarrhea A-Z: America to Zimbabwe. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. 21(6). 307-313.
Spies, L. (2008). Traveler's diarrhea: An update on prevention and treatment. Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health. 53(3). 251-254.
Gray, J., Opollo, J., & Spies, L. (2010). Uganda. In J.J. Fitzpatrick, C.M. Shultz, & T.D. Aiken (Eds), Giving through teaching: How nurse educators are changing the world (pp.140-144). New York. Springer Publishing.
Contribution to chapter on Tuberculosis in King, T.L. and Brucker, M.C. (2010). (eds) Pharmacology Principles and Practice for Women's Health. Boston: Jones and Bartlett.