Laura Koo

Laura Koo

Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health
Phone: 410-706-3495 |
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Laura Koo, PhD student in Behavioral and Community Health, has research interests in health literacy, health disparities, medication adherence, and chronic disease management.  She is an Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, where she has been on faculty since 2003.  She teaches in the Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program. Her current faculty clinical practice as a nurse practitioner is in a pre-operative evaluation center. She previously provided primary care services in a continuing care retirement community; and primary care/safety net services to adults and children on the UMSON Governor's Wellmobile for six years.  She has recently published three peer-reviewed nursing articles and is co-editor of a nursing textbook chapter. She was the team leader of a teaching project that received the Dean's Teaching Scholars Program Award 2011-2012. She holds a Post-Master's Certificate in Teaching in Nursing and Healthcare from the UMSON (2006); a Master's Degree from Boston College in the community health nursing family nurse practitioner program (2000); BSN from University of Arizona (1995); and BA in Spanish from the UMCP (1993).  

Selected Publications

Koo, L. & McClure, K. (Eds.) (2014).  Chapter 22  Gynecologic disorders.  In: Nettina, S. (Ed.), Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice, 10th Edition.  Lippincott, Williams & Wilkens.

Agness C, Fletcher S, Koo L, Cornman R. (2013). Can You Hear Me Now?: Strategies to Provide Clear Health Messages to Diverse Older Adults. MedEdPORTAL.  Available from:

Koo, L., Idzik, S., Hammersla, M., & Windemuth, B. (2013).  Developing Standardized Patient Clinical Simulations to Apply Concepts of Interdisciplinary Collaboration.  Journal of Nursing Education, 52 (12), 705-8.  DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20131121-04

Koo, L. (2011).  Continuing Education Offering:  Preventing pediatric prescription-nonprescription drug interactions.  ADVANCE for Nurses, 13(10).

Koo, L., Reedy, S., & Smith, J. (2010).  Patient history key to diagnosing peripheral edema.  The Nurse Practitioner, 35(3), 44-52. 

Fun Facts

I am left-handed. I speak Spanish very fluently, some call it bilingually.