Leah Burt, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program
Department of Biobehavioral Nursing Science
Building & Room:
Nursing Room 758
845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612
Dr. Leah Burt is a board certified Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She maintains an active clinical practice within the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System's Department of Emergency Medicine and is a Clinical Assistant Professor as well as the Director of the AGPC-NP Program at the University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Burt's area of research expertise is mixed methodology educational research. Specifically, she is interested in evidenced-based strategies to teach diagnostic reasoning, as well as experiential and simulation-based learning interventions. A former Fellow in Diagnostic Excellence with the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM), she is currently a Simulation Scholar at University of Illinois College of Medicine's Simulation and Integrative Learning (SAIL) Institute. Dr. Burt has published and presented her scholarship both nationally and internationally and is passionate about finding innovative, experiential ways to further diagnostic reasoning education.
American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Professional Funding Grant, PI
UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Interprofessional Education Seed Grant, PI
Burt, L., Sparbel, K., & Corbridge, S. (2021). Nurse practitioner preceptor resource needs and perceptions of institutional support. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000629. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1097/JXX.0000000000000629
Burt, L., Finnegan, L., Schwartz, A., Corte, C., Quinn, L., Clark, L., & Corbridge, S. (2021). Diagnostic reasoning: relationships among expertise, accuracy, and ways that nurse practitioner students self-explain. Diagnosis (Berlin, Germany), 10.1515/dx-2020-0137. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1515/dx-2020-0137
Burt, L., Corbridge, S., Corte, C., Quinn, L., Finnegan, L., & Clark, L. (2021). Ways that nurse practitioner students self-explain during diagnostic reasoning. Diagnosis (Berlin, Germany), 10.1515/dx-2020-0136. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1515/dx-2020-0136
Burt, L., & Kilroy, S. (2021). Nurse Practitioner Student Perceptions of a Multimodal Telemedicine Clinical Course. Nurse educator, 10.1097/NNE.0000000000001019. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1097/NNE.0000000000001019
Burt, L. & Corbridge, S. (2018). Teaching Diagnostic Reasoning: A Review of Evidenced-Based Interventions. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. 15(1), 1 – 14. https://DOI.org/10.1515/ijnes-2018-0003
Burt, L., & Corbridge, S. (2013). COPD Exacerbations: Evidence-based guidelines for assessment and management. American Journal of Nursing, 113(2):34-43. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/01.NAJ.0000426688.96330.60
2016, Faculty Award Honoring Extraordinary Nursing Faculty, Daisy Foundation
PhD, Nursing Science, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Master of Science, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Licensures and Certifications
ANCC Board Certified Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
State of Illinois Full Practice Authority Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF)
Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM)
Kilroy, S., Burt, L., VanderZwan, K. (2022, January). Multi-Method Simulation Program. 60-minute workshop presentation, delivered at the 22nd International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH 2022), Los Angeles, CA.
Burt, L. (2021, December). Effective teaching of diagnostic reasoning. 60-minute podium presentation, delivered at the fall conference of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), Virtual Platform.
Burt, L. and Kilroy, S. (2021, June). Nurse practitioner student perceptions of a multimodal telemedicine clinical course. Presentation delivered at the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) Annual Conference, Virtual Platform.
Sparbel, K., Burt, L., Corbridge, S. (2021, March). Preceptor perceptions of workplace and educational institution support. Podium presentation, delivered at the 47th annual conference of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), Virtual Platform.
Burt., L., Park, C., Blackie, M., Yingling, S., Park, Y.S., & Kiser, B., Clark, L (2020, January). First death: The inner journey of learners in a patient death hybrid-simulation. Professor Rounds Abstract Poster Presentation, delivered at the 20th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH 2020), San Diego, CA.
Burt, L. (2018, April). Diagnostic reasoning: Evidenced-based educational interventions. Podium presentation, delivered at the 44th annual conference of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), Indianapolis, IN.
Research Currently in Progress
First Death: High Fidelity Hybrid Simulation (Co-Investigator). Member of the “First Death” research group at the at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Simulation and Integrative Learning Institute (SAIL): A mixed-methods, single group pre-post intervention study utilizing high-fidelity, hybrid simulation and grounded theory component data analysis.
Psychometric Testing for the Diagnostic Competency During Simulation-based Learning Tool (Principal Investigator). Developing an educational tool grounded in diagnostic reasoning competencies, to be applied by faculty during simulation-based learning. Working to establish content validity, inter-rater reliability, and components of construct validity.