Laura Leahy is the founder of APNSolutions, LLC, an advanced practice nurse (APRN)-managed private practice located in southern New Jersey. She maintains faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Dr. Leahy is a graduate of Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University. As an APRN, she is board-certified in child/adolescent and adult psychiatric-mental health care as well as addictions. She specializes in individual, couples, and family therapy in addition to pharmacogenetics and psychopharmacology, including medication-assisted management of substance use disorders. She maintains specialization as a Master Psychopharmacologist through the Neuroscience Education Institute.
Dr. Leahy was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2017 and of the American Academy of Nursing in 2020. She cochairs the American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s (APNA) Addictions Council and Steering Committee, and has represented APNA at the Nursing Community Coalition Congressional Briefing, educating legislators on the role APRNs play in combating the opioid epidemic. Dr. Leahy developed and produced APNA’s “Effective Treatments for Opioid Use Disorder,” a free webinar series for all nurses.
Dr. Leahy was the lead author and editor of the American Psychological Association’s Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Nurses. She served as the psychopharmacology section editor for the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, and she has frequently contributed to review courses and authored scholarly publications in her areas of specialization. As an invited lecturer, Dr. Leahy presents extensively at local, regional, and national events. She is a tireless advocate for full practice authority for APRNs at the state and federal levels.