Sherrie Lessans, PhD, RN

Sherrie Lessans headshotDirector, Clinical Nurse Leader Option
Assistant Professor, PTSS
Address: 733A
Phone Number: 410-706-6839


  • PhD, University of Maryland School of Nursing, 2010
  • MS, Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1986
  • BSN, Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University, 1978


  • Treatment-induced pain, cognition, and mood disorders
  • Chemotherapy associated weight gain after menopause
  • Chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy
  • Clinical simulation as an instructional technology

Recent Publications

  • Lessans, S and Dorsey, S. (2013). The role for epigenetic modifications in pain and analgesia response. Nursing Research and Practice. Vol 2013
  • Renn CL, Leitch CC, Lessans S, Rhee P, McGuire WC, Smith BA, Traub RJ, Dorsey SG. (2011). Brain-derived neurotrophic factor modulates antiretroviral-induced mechanical allodynia in the mouse. J Neurosci Res. 2011 Oct;89(10):1551-65. doi: 10.1002/jnr.22685. Epub 2011 Jun 6.
  • Dorsey SG, Leitch CC, Renn CL, Lessans S, Smith BA, Wang XM, Dionne RA. (2009). Genome-wide screen identifies drug-induced regulation of the gene giant axonal neuropathy (Gan) in a mouse model of antiretroviral-induced painful peripheral neuropathy. Biol Res Nurs. Jul;11(1):7-16.

Primary Teaching Areas

  • Pathopharmacology
  • Transitions into Practice and Practicums
  • Adult Health - CNL program
  • Clinical Emphasis Practicum - CNL program