Leisa Easom, PhD, RN

Executive Director

Leisa R. Easom, PhD, RN is the Executive Director of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving and Pope Eminent Scholar at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW). Dr. Easom was a Professor of Nursing and served as the Chair in the GSW School of Nursing from 2007-2010. Prior to this, she served as the Program Coordinator of the RN-BSN program at Macon State College in Macon, Georgia. She has served as an adjunct professor for the Clinical Nurse Leader graduate program at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Easom has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years and devoted much of her nursing practice to addressing the mental and physical health needs of the older adult population.

Dr. Easom completed her doctoral degree in nursing at the Medical College of Georgia in 2003. Post-doctoral education included end-of-life training. Certified in gerontology, Dr. Easom focuses her program of research on caregivers (military and dementia), end-of-life issues, aging, and health promotion in rural areas of the United States. She has been the recipient of many awards including 'Teacher of the Year Award' at GSW and was selected as a Helene Fuld Scholar recipient for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Leadership program. Dr. Easom serves on many collegiate committees and, additionally has served on the Medical assisting Board for South Georgia Technical College, on the Caregiving Advisory Panel for the U.S. Administration on Aging, the ARCH Expert Panel on Respite Research, the Carter Center Task Force for Mental Health and is a member of the American Society on Aging, Gerontological Society of Aging, and National League of Nursing. She was recently selected as a "Reynolds Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence Distinguished Scholar in Aging." Dr. Easom serves on the Editorial Board of Generations, a peer-reviewed national journal focused on aging.