Ashley Leak Bryant, PhD, RN, OCN, FAAN

Associate Professor and Anne Belcher Interprofessional Faculty Scholar in Nursing

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Office: 4105
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Ashley Leak Bryant, PhD, RN, OCN, FAAN is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing. She is also the Program Coordinator for the UNC Lineberger, Sylvia Lauterborn, and Warren Piver Oncology Nursing Fellowship, which provides an immersive introduction to oncology for undergraduate nursing students. Dr. Bryant possesses expertise on older adults, palliative and supportive care, acute myeloid leukemia (AML), interprofessional collaboration, and workforce development. Her program of research focuses on delivering multidisciplinary interventions to improve symptoms, functional status, and quality of life for both older adults with blood cancers and their caregivers. Dr. Bryant is currently the principal investigator for an NINR-funded feasibility and acceptability study—the Palliative and Collaborative Care Intervention (PACT)—investigating a nurse-led and occupational and physical therapy focused palliative and supportive care intervention for newly diagnosed adults with AML.

In addition to being a dedicated nurse-researcher, Dr. Bryant has maintained an active clinical practice since 2003. During that time, she has worked in cancer centers, continuing care retirement communities, and inpatient hospice facility. Her clinical roles have given her unique insight into the various settings in which older adults and patients with cancer receive care and have empowered her to pursue experience-based, research-backed development of the nursing workforce both within the United States and abroad. At home, Dr. Bryant has grown the oncology nursing careforce by developing an oncology fellowship and oncology elective course for undergraduates. Internationally, Dr. Bryant has been a pivotal member of UNC-Project Malawi, which works to build capacity for strong leadership and research-based practices in nursing, particularly oncology nursing.

Because she believes that developing the next generation of nurses and leaders is of paramount importance, Dr. Bryant is passionate about mentoring. She mentors early-career faculty, pre and post-doctoral scholars, PhD students, DNP students, Masters students, and undergraduate honors students across multiple disciplines and institutions. Her early career development and workforce development work has been published in interdisciplinary journals.