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Lora Peppard, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC

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Dr. Lora Peppard is an Associate Professor at George Mason University and Project Director for three federally funded behavioral health integration grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Health Resources and Services Administration. She is a dedicated clinician and scholar with a research focus on translating evidence-based practices into integrated, sustainable healthcare systems. Dr. Peppard has clinical experience as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in emergency, inpatient and outpatient settings. She has developed innovative, system-wide programs to address the unmet behavioral health and substance use needs of underserved, military, and serious mental illness (SMI) populations. She serves as a community, state, and national consultant on integrated care in practice and within academic curriculums, and has authored many peer-reviewed publications on her clinical and academic work.


PhD, Nursing, George Mason University (2017)

DNP, Psychiatric Nursing, Columbia University (2008)

MS, Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Boston College (2004)

BA, International Business, Wesleyan College (1998)


Research/Clinical Interests

  • Relationship between serum vitamin B12 and depression in pregnancy and postpartum
  • Improving prevention, identification and management of complex behavioral health disorders in underserved, vulnerable populations
  • Integrated behavioral health and medical care
  • Primary care management of behavioral health conditions
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder treatment outcomes using evidence-based therapies in active duty military service members
  • Predictive modeling in psychiatry
  • Impact of diet and vitamin deficiencies on mental health


Peppard, L., Oh, K., Gallo, S., & Milligan, R. (2018). Risk of depression in pregnant women with low normal serum vitamin B12. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Submitted and Under Review.

Peppard, L., Oh, K, Gallo, S., & Milligan, R. (2018). Relationship between serum vitamin B12 and depression in pregnant women in the United States. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, Submitted and Under Review.

Alemi, F., Mazloum-Yazdi, A., & Peppard, L. (2017). Citalopram is less effective for patients with neurological disorder and/or post-traumatic stress disorder. Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry, 4-6, 32-38.

Taha, B. & Peppard, L. (2016). Managing substance use and emotion in the context of trauma: A case study. Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 9(1), 55-59.

Johnston, B., Peppard, L., & Newton, M. (2015). Staying connected: Sustaining collaborative care models with limited funding. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 53(8), 36-44.

Sutter, R., Sutter, C., & Peppard, L. (2015). Introducing bridge care: A powerful partnership between academia and community. Clinical Scholars Review, 8(1), 1-10.

De Cordova, P.B., Collins, S., Peppard, L., Currie, L., Hughes, R. & Stone, P. (2008). Implementing evidence-based nursing with student nurses and clinicians: Uniting the strengths. Applied Nursing Research, 21(4), 242-245.

Peppard, L. (2008). Evidence based management of identity disturbance following childhood trauma. Clinical Scholars Review, 1(1), 40-45.

Peppard, L. (2008). On assignment at Fort Belvoir: Meeting the needs of our warriors. Medtrust Quarterly Catch Up, 1(1), 2.

Book Chapters

McDaniel, G. & Peppard, L. (2014). Adult transitions. In M.L. Potter & M.D. Moller (Eds.), Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, From Suffering to Hope. New York NY: Springer.

Peppard, L. (2010) Adult female with acute bipolar I disorder. In J. Smolowitz, J. Honig & C. Reinisch, Writing DNP clinical case narrative (pp. 287-303). New York NY: Springer.


"Pregnant and Postpartum Opioid subcontract with Virginia," SAMHSA. 2017. Role: Project Director. $465,000.

"Integrated Care proposal," HRSA. 2017. Role: Project Director. $900,000.

"SBIRT proposal with State of Virginia," SAMHSA. 2016. Role: Project Director. $8,300,000

"SBIRT TEAMS-UP proposal," SAMHSA. 2015. Role: Project Director. $920,000

"Advanced Nursing Education proposal," HRSA. 2014. Role: Director of Behavioral Health. $1,020,000

"Partners for Access to Healthcare," HRSA. 2009. Role: Behavioral Health Consultant. $1,600,000

Honors & Awards

Leadership Excellence Award, 2017, American Psychiatric Nurses Association

Distinguished Alumnae Award, 2017, Columbia University School of Nursing

Leadership Excellence Nurse Educator Award, 2016, Virginia Nurses Association

"40 under 40" Award, 2015, Virginia Nurses Association

Master Teacher Award, 2013, College of Health and Human Service, George Mason University

Provider of Excellence, Binghamton General Hospital in Binghamton, New York

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