Faculty & Staff

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Laura L. Hayman, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA

  • Professor, Department of Nursing
  • Telephone: 617.287.7504
  • Office Location: Quinn Administration-01-01

Areas of Expertise

Child and Adolescent Health, Childhood Obesity, Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease


PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Laura Hayman’s program of research and scholarship focuses on primary prevention of obesity and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in children, adolescents, and families. Her research, in collaboration with colleagues from several disciplines, has included clinical, school, and population-based studies of bio-behavioral risk factors for CVD. Professor Hayman’s recent work combines both individual/clinical and community-based approaches to identifying children at risk for obesity and cardiometabolic conditions and theory-based interventions designed to increase physical activity and promote healthy lifestyle behaviors. Hayman has served on numerous national and international interdisciplinary advisory and expert panels relevant to primary prevention of obesity and CVD in childhood and adolescence. She has also served in leadership roles in the American Heart Association, the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. Hayman’s passion for promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors in children and youth and overcoming the obesity crisis has prompted interdisciplinary collaborative research and community outreach projects focused  primarily on the minority and underserved population in the Dorchester area and Boston Public Schools.

Teaching Expertise
Integrating Health Policy, Theory in Dissertation Research, Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health

Awards and Accomplishments
Fellow, American Heart Association
Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
Fellow, Society of Behavioral Medicine
Fellow, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research
American Heart Association National Meritorious Achievement Award
American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Nursing Distinguished Achievement Award