Laurie A. Theeke, ADN, BSN, MSN, PhD, FNP-BC, GCNS-BC, FNAP, FAAN (She/Her)
Current HIV/AIDS-Related Research Activities:
I am currently an expert on the study of loneliness and social isolation. I am just now beginning to work with colleagues in Miami to study HIV positive men. We are putting together a proposal to study loneliness and isolation in this population, seeking to run a feasibility and acceptability trial of LISTEN, an intervention I developed to target loneliness. LISTEN is demonstrating effectiveness for diminishing loneliness which is known to be related to prevalent in the HIV community when compared to the general population. This is currently important because loneliness is related to inflammatory and immune responses that could be problematic for those with HIV.
Current HIV/AIDS-Related Clinical Activities:
I am a nurse practitioner and a clinical specialist in gerontological nursing. I practiced for 30 years in internal medicine, geriatrics, and family med until December 2022 when I joined the faculty at GWU. As a primary care provider, my primary clinically related activity with HIV was in identifying and testing those who may have been exposed.