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Lora Peppard, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC

School of Nursing

Lora Peppard

Dr. Peppard has worked in psychiatry for 13 years with expertise translating evidence into sustainable practices. Her clinical expertise in a variety of inpatient, emergency, and outpatient psychiatric settings, is leading innovative program development and implementation for underserved, military, and serious mental illness (SMI) populations. As the former Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and Director of Behavioral Health for the Mason and Partners Clinics, Dr. Peppard is skilled at preparing students, faculty, and community partners to implement evidence-based, behavioral health practices in pursuit of sustainable integrated care models. She currently serves as the Project Director for a large Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and serves as a consultant to a variety of community and college-based initiatives. Dr. Peppard has presented in multiple venues and written several publications ranging from case studies and book chapters to articles on developing, and sustaining integrated care and other health care models.


  • DNP, Psychiatric Nursing, Columbia University, 2008
  • MS, Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Boston College, 2004
  • BA, Business Administration, Wesleyan College, 1998