Louise Fleming, the School's inaugural associate dean for academic operations, brings expansive experience in academic and operational leadership, research, and advocacy. An award-winning educator and scholar, she is deeply engaged across a variety of practice and research communities, including as a nurse scientist and scholar of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) who creates systems, technological supports, and care and training protocols that support families and children with CAH.

Because of her research in and connections to CAH communities, Fleming was appointed in 2019 to the American Psychological Association’s seven-member Task Force on Differences in Sex Development (DSD), where she continues to collaborate on work to guide increased education, training, practice, and policy related to many DSD conditions, including CAH. She is also a consultant for the CARES Foundation and is its immediate past chair. 

Fleming comes to UVA from UNC Chapel Hill, where she was associate dean of its School of Nursing's undergraduate division and programs. She earned a PhD from UNC Chapel Hill, an MSN-Ed from Duke University, and baccalaureate degrees from both the University of South Carolina and Clemson. Named a UNC Nursing Faculty of the Year and among the “Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina” for her work during the pandemic, she is an AACN Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing Fellow alumna, and, in fall 2023, was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.


Honors and Awards


Research Focus

Children with chronic conditions, Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH), nursing education, retention of primary care nursing workforce in rural and underserved communities


Journal Articles

Van Riper, M., Knafl, G. J., Knafl, K. A., do Céu Barbieri-Figueiredo, M., Barnoy, S., Caples, M., Choi, H.,Cosgrove, B., Duarte, E. D., Honda, J., Marta, E., Phetrasuwan, S., Alfieri, S., Angelo, M., Deoisres, W., Fleming, L., Dos Santos, A. S., & da Silva, M. J. R. (2024). Family adaptation in families of individuals with Down syndrome from 12 countries. American Journal of Medical Genetics, 10(23), 1-12.

Pitts, L., Patrician, P., Landier, W., Kazmerski, T., Fleming, L., Ivankova, N. & Ladores, S. (2024). Parentalentrustment of healthcare responsibilities to youth with chronic conditions: A concept analysis. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, (76), 1-15.

Van Riper, M., Cosgrove, B., & Fleming, L. (2023). Adaptation at the family level in families of individualswith Down syndrome: A scoping review. Journal of Family Nursing, 29(4), 324-347.