Please welcome Dr. Patricia Lawrence, the new director of Project Healthy Grandparents (PHG). Dr. Lawrence also holds an appointment as a clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing (SON). Patricia recently received her Ph.D. from the SON and has extensive experience as a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) in pediatric cardiology and primary care. She has published numerous journal articles and has made presentations at many professional meetings. In 2020, Patricia received the Doctoral Nursing Student Research Award from the SON, and in 2015 the March of Dimes “Nurse of the Year” in the advanced practice category for the state of Georgia.
Dr. Lawrence will assume the director role from Dr. Susan Kelley, the founder of PHG and director for 27 years. Dr. Kelley will retire in December 2022 but will continue to serve on PHG’s Community Advisory Board. PHG is a research and community service program sponsored by the SON.
Learn more about Dr. Lawrence by viewing her faculty profile.
Serving grandparents raising grandchildren for over 20 years.
PHG has served more than 3,000 grandparents and grandchildren in Fulton and DeKalb County.
PHG conducts an average of 290 Nursing home visits a year.
PHG conducts an average of 365 Social Work home visits a year.
Project Healthy Grandparents conducted 256 Early Intervention screenings with grandchildren. 72% of them completed a Comprehensive Developmental Evaluation at Emory.