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Faculty and Staff

Laura C.  Hein, PhD, RN, NP

Associate Professor
College of Nursing

Phone: 803-777-7683
Fax: 803-777-3771

College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 308
Columbia, SC 29208-4001
United States



Dr. Hein completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Health Disparities in Underserved Populations, at the University of Illinois, Chicago, College of Nursing.  She received her PhD and her MSN-FNP from Vanderbilt University.  Her BA in psychology was completed at The University of Akron.


Dr. Hein teaches Nursing 226-Sociocultural Variations in Health and Illness;  Nursing 700-Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing; and Nursing 801 – Theory Analysis in Nursing Science.

Research (Concept Areas)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender
Violence/ Victimization

Dr. Hein's research focuses on health disparities experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons and the LGBT community. Consistent with goals set forth by the American Nurses Association and the International Council of Nurses, Dr. Hein has sought to investigate LGBT health disparities within a social justice and public policy paradigm. She has broadly defined health disparities to refer to those factors that result in differential psychological, physical and social wellbeing of LGBT persons and communities. Viewing health disparities through the ecological perspective focusing on translational research applications, Dr. Hein has worked to form relationships with community stakeholders to inform her research. These stakeholders have included LGBT service organizations, community leaders, and LGBT youth/ young adults. Subpopulations Dr. Hein has studied are LGBT homeless youth, and young adults in the community. She is transitioning her research to LGBT victims of hate crimes – another victimized population. Her ultimate goal with her program of research is to impact public policy thereby decreasing LGBT health disparities and averting victimization in the future.


Dr. Hein’s dissemination activities have included presentations at local, regional, national and international professional conferences as well as presentation of findings to collaborating agencies and community stakeholders.

Professional Service

International Society for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses
       Research Council Chairman
       Diversity and Equity Task Force, member

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
       Board of Directors
       Education Committee, member
       External Affairs Committee, member

American Nurses Association
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 

Professional Practice

ER practice as an RN and NP (levels I to III, rural/ urban, public and private).

Research Studies (Selected)

  • Support groups and the sexual orientations - together or separate? The consumer perspective. Hein –PI. USC Office of the Provost – Clinical Incentive Grant - $14k. 4/12-5/13.
  • Where Did you Sleep Last Night? -  Survival Strategies of Female Homeless Adolescents. Hein - PI. Lesbian Health fund - $8k.  11/07-6/10.
  • Transitions from Homelessness: LGBT Adolescents.  NINR 1T32NR007964-01 -$2k. Hein - Study PI; Dancy - T32 PI.  4/07-7/07
  • Survival Among Male Homeless Adolescents. Hein - PI. Sigma Theta Tau, Iota.  $2k. 2005.

Publications (Selected)

Frazier, B., Culley, J., Hein, L. C., Williams, A. & Tavakoli, A. (2014). Social Networking Policies in Nursing Education. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 32 (3), 110-117.

Hein, L. C. & Scharer, K. M. (2013). Who Cares If It's a Hate Crime?   LGBT Hate Crimes - Mental Health Implications. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 49(2), 84-93.   Early View 12 Sept. 2012. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2012.00354.x.

Damas, T., Hein, L.C., Powell, L. C., and Dundon, E. (2012). Child & Adolescent Sexual Development and Sexual Identity Issues. (E. Yearwood, G. Pearson, & J. Newland, Eds.) Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: A Resource for Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Primary Care Practitioners in Nursing (peer reviewed). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. Chapter 5.

Hein, L. C. & Scharer, K. Who Cares If It’s a Hate Crime?   LGBT Hate Crimes - Mental Health Implications. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care.   In Press. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2012.00354.x

Hein, L. C. & Berger, K. C. Commentary. Gender Incongruence in Children: Let’s Think This Through   Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. In Press.

Hein, L. C. (2011). Survival Strategies of Male Homeless Adolescents Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 17(4), 274-282.First published on May 4, 2011 as doi:10.1177/1078390311407913

Hein, L. C. (2010). Where did you sleep last night? Homeless male adolescents: Gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual compared. [Electronic Version]. Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research, 10, Article 9 from Available February 17, 2010.

Hein, L. C. & Matthews, A. K. (2010). Reparative therapy: The adolescent, the psych nurse and the issues. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 23(1), 29-35. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6171.2009.00214.x   [Accepted 5/18/08. In print Feb. 2010].

Hein, L. C., Powell, L., & The ISPN Diversity and Equity Committee. (2009). International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Position Statement on Reparative Therapy. Electronic Publication – ISPN. Available at:   Accepted by ISPN Board of Directors 1/12/09.


Tavakoli, A., Culley, J., Hein, L. C., Frazier, B. & Williams, A. (2013, October 20-23). Using SAS to Examine Social Networking Difference between Faculty and Students. Poster Presentation. SouthEast SAS Users Group Conference. St. Pete Beach, FL.

Hein, L. C. (2013, September 19). Support Groups in the LGBT community - What's the Best Make-up? The Consumer Perspective. Poster Presentation. 2013 Annual Conference of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. Denver, CO.

Hein, L. C. (2013, April 19). Support Groups and the LGBT Sexual Orientations - Together or Separate? The Consumer Perspective. 2013 International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) Conference. San Antonio, Texas.

Frazier, D. Culley, JM, & Hein, L. (2012, April 20). Nursing Education and Social Media Policies. Discovery day at the University of South Carolina. Columbia, SC.