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Terrah L. Foster Akard, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

  • Assistant Professor

Terrah L. Foster Akard, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. is an Assistant Professor at the Vanderbilt University (VU) School of Nursing in Nashville, TN. Dr. Foster Akard completed her Bachelor of Science at Jacksonville State University (1999) and her Master of Science in Nursing at VU (2001). After gaining several years of experience as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, she continued her education and completed her PhD in Nursing Science at VU (2008). Her research interests include pediatric palliative care, particularly legacy-making and continuing bonds in children living with life-threatening conditions and their families. Dr. Foster Akard has published her work in Death Studies, Journal of Palliative and Supportive Care, Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, Journal of Palliative Nursing, and Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. She has been recognized for her scholarly activities with several awards such as the International Palliative Medicine Symposium Outstanding Poster Award and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Outstanding Research Abstract Award. She was named a College of Palliative Care Research Scholar by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Foster Akard is actively involved in her community, serves as a pianist for her local church, and volunteers with international medical organizations to assist underserved children and families.