Dr. Bruce Leonard is a Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing. Dr. Leonard is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years of nursing experience. His areas of nursing have included: community health, medical/surgical, emergency rooms, and rural primary care facilities. He is a retired Navy Nurse Corps Office. Dr. Leonard has been faculty in both graduate and undergraduate programs. He is an author of several articles related to the clinical management of hypertension and COPD along with book chapters is in community health nursing. He has presented at numerous national conferences on the pedagogy of Team-Based Leaning in on-line learning formats for Nurse Practitioner Students to improve learning outcomes.
Dr. Leonard's research focus has been related to quality-of-life and self-management of chronic illness. Specifically, he has focused on how persons with COPD manage their day-to-day lives and perceive themselves as healthy despite living with a serious illness. Currently, his focus is on sleep and fatigue problems among persons with COPD and Diabetes targeting self-management strategies to improve symptom management through Social Learning Theory. Other research areas of interest have included: a) instrument development in examining nurse practitioner student self-efficacy or confidence to perform standardized patient exams; b) the application of Team-Based Learning into online learning formats as an evidenced based flipped classroom learning format; and c) the integration and identification of biomarkers, genomics, and epigenetics into self-management research based on training at the NINR Summer Genetics Institute.