Assistant Professor

Prior to coming to UVM in Fall 2016, Dr. Laura Lewis practiced as an inpatient hematology/oncology nurse at the University of Connecticut Health Center and taught hematology/immunology and mental health nursing in a Licensed Practical Nursing program. Dr. Lewis is experienced in qualitative methodology and has used such methods as Glaserian grounded theory, meta-ethnography, phenomenology, and qualitative content analysis. She is also interested in online applications of qualitative methods such as online interviewing and recruitment via social media. Her primary research focus is on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in adulthood. She is particularly interested in symptom variance among underrepresented populations of individuals with ASD including adults and females, improving diagnostic instruments for these populations, promoting self-advocacy among adults with ASD, and improving quality of life for couples affected by ASD.


Lewis, L. F. (2016). Exploring the experience of self-diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in adults. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.apnu.2016.03.009

Lewis, L. F. (2016). Realizing a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder as an adult. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/inm.12200

Lewis, L. F. (2015). Balancing competing needs: A meta-ethnography of being a partner to an individual with a mood disorder. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 21(6): 417-427. doi: 10.1177/1078390315620611

Lewis, L. F. (2015). Putting “quality” in qualitative research: A guide to grounded theory for mental health nurses. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 22(10): 821-828. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12270

Lewis, L. F. (2015). Caregiving for a loved one with dementia at the end of life: An emergent theory of rediscovering. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 30(5): 488-496. doi: 10.1177/1533317514559829

Lewis, L. F. (2014). Caregivers’ experiences seeking hospice care for loved ones with dementia. Qualitative Health Research, 24(9): 1221-1231. doi: 10.1177/1049732314545888

Puia, D. M., Lewis, L., & Beck, C. T. (2013). Experiences of obstetric nurses who are present for a perinatal loss. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 42(3), 321-331. doi: 10.1111/1552-6909.12040

Laura Lewis

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Autism Spectrum Disorder, qualitative research methods


  • Ph.D., Nursing; University of Connecticut
  • M.S., Nursing; University of Connecticut
  • B.S., Nursing; University of Connecticut


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