Dr. Laurie Posey specializes in instructional design, online and blended learning, and the use of technology to support all aspects of health professional education. Her research and scholarship focuses on eLearning best practices, active- and authentic learning strategies, collaborative learning, continuous quality improvement, online simulation, and telehealth-enabled education. She teaches in the areas of Adult Education, Instructional Design, Teaching with Technology, Knowledge Management, and Health Information Technology.
Dr. Posey is the Director of Instructional Design for the SON's Nurse Practitioner Technology Enabled Community-Health program through which NP scholars are receiving focused education and longitudinal clinical experiences to help prepare them to utilize telehealth and digital health technologies to reduce disparities and improve care for underserved populations. She is also a Co-Investigator on the NLN funded grant "Impact of simulation versus case-based learning on psychiatric nurse practitioner students’ knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors related to mental health care for gender diverse people." She has been the Principle Investigator for several grant-funded programs focused on educational innovations including a National Counsel of State Boards of Nursing study comparing diagnostic reasoning outcomes within telehalth and face-to-face Standardized Patient (SP) encounters; a grant funded through GW's Cross Disciplinary Research Fund which has developed and pilot tested a Virtual Standardized Patient Portal that integrates an open-source Electronic Health Record (EHR) into the Adobe Connect web-conferencing platform; and the HRSA funded Teaching and Transforming through Technology (T3) program, through which the SON’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program transitioned from a face-to-face to blended learning format. She has also led the design and development of several grant-funded eLearning programs including Nurses on the Frontline: Preparing for Emergencies and Disasters; the Graduate School Bootcamp; the Geriatric and Palliative Care Curriculum; and Interprofessional Care of People with Multiple Chronic Conditions.
As the former Director of Instructional Design for the School of Nursing, Dr. Posey supported faculty in the use of innovative pedagogical approaches to online teaching. She is an accomplished instructional designer with 30 years of experience designing and developing eLearning programs for academia, government, and industry. Prior to coming to GW, she served as Deputy Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Partnerships for Training program, which used distance education to educate Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Certified Nurse Midwives in underserved communities.