Martha G. Lavender

MSN 1984, PhD 1988

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Martha G. Lavender, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a two-time graduate of the UAB School of Nursing with a Master of Science in Nursing degree in 1984 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree in 1988. She currently serves as President of Gadsden State Community College and as Visiting Professor for the UAB School of Nursing. Dr. Lavender is a national leader in nursing, higher education, and emergency preparedness. She is a former president of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing, and her work to develop policy for the advancement of nursing practice was recognized by receiving the organization’s highest honor, the Distinguished Professional Service Award. Dr. Lavender has co-authored publications on pandemic influenza, emergency preparedness training, and care models for HIV patients. She also serves as an advocate for abused children, emergency services, and maternal/child health. In 2013, she was inducted into the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) in 2015.