Laurie Colborn, Ed.D., MSN, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing; Independence Foundation Nursing Chair

Dr. Laurie Colborn joined La Salle University in 2018 as the Clinical Nursing Coordinator for the La Salle Neighborhood Nursing Center, providing preventive health and wellness nursing services throughout the local community. In her role she expanded community collaborations and inter-professional community-based experiences for students from a variety of disciplines across the La Salle campus. In 2020, she transitioned to an adjunct faculty role teaching in the nursing program in a clinical capacity, while also teaching classes in the public health program. She joined as a full-time faculty member in the nursing department in 2021. In 2022, she worked with the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments to bring the Nurses Climate Challenge to the nursing program at La Salle, where she will be co-leading this initiative as it moves forward. As a nurse educator, her areas of focus have been on public health nursing and environmental health. Dr. Colborn’s research interests include understanding the intersection between the environment and health, the impacts of climate change on health, environmental equity, and the impact of social determinants on health and well-being. She enjoys collaborating with students to empower them to utilize and connect their classroom knowledge in their clinical experiences. Outside of teaching, Colborn is actively involved in several community groups, and animal rescues, additionally she maintains a work-life balance by competing locally and at the national level in triathlon, duathlon, and swim/run events.

Areas of Expertise

Public Health Nursing
Environmental Health


EdD, Rowan University
MSN, Holy Family University
BSN, University of Saint Joseph


Introduction to Environmental Health (Graduate)
Nursing Leadership and Management
Public Health Nursing
Public Health Nursing Clinical
Unhealthy Urban Environments

Honors/ Awards / Grants

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Faculty, 2022 Recipient, La Salle University
World Qualifier for Team USA 2022, USA Duathlon – Sprint Distance, Age Group, 2021
National Age Group Qualifier, USA Triathlon – Sprint Distance, 2021
National Age Group Qualifier, USA Duathlon – Sprint Distance, 2020 (deferred to 2021 due to COVID19)
National Age Group Qualifier, USA Triathlon – Olympic Distance, 2018
Member of the Year, Mullica Hill Women’s Triathlon Club, 2017
President’s Top Performer Award, Independence Blue Cross, 2011
Future Leaders Appointment, Independence Blue Cross – Leadership Pilot Program, 2011
Invitee, The Luminary Project: , 2007
Grant recipient, Health Care Without Harm, 2006
Environmental Leadership Fellow, Eastern Region Pilot Program, 2004


Poster Presentation, Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Educations JCIPE Conference Interprofessional Care for the 21st Century, Philadelphia, PA. Presented by colleague Dana Bitetti. Bitetti, D., Colborn, L., & Carr-Lemke, T. (2021, April). Promoting Interprofessional Collaboration through an Undergraduate Service-Learning Project.
Guest Speaker, Presentation: Nurses and the Environment, Camden School Nurses, 2020.
Guest Speaker, Presentation: Caring for the Caregiver, LADDER Program at La Salle University, 2019.
Co-Presenter, Summer of Learning: Promoting Interprofessional Collaboration through Service-Learning, La Salle University, 2019; Follow up session presented by Dr. Dana Bitetti, at the Pennsylvania Speech Language and Hearing Association Annual Convention, Pittsburgh, PA, 2020.
Panelist, La Salle University Representative – Senator Haywood’s Listening Session on Reimagining Hospital Care, 2019.
Panelist, The Call of Reform and Nursing’s Response, National Nursing Centers Consortium Annual Conference, 2012.
Poster Presentation, Do the SMART Thing: Engaging youth in tobacco prevention, American Public Health Association National Conference, 2007.
Poster Presentation, Environmental Health Nursing: Fostering future leaders, American Public Health Association National Conference, 2006.