Dr. Loureen Downes is an associate professor and the founding program director of
the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at Florida Gulf Coast University. She is a
board-certified family nurse practitioner specializing in lifestyle behaviors and
chronic disease prevention. She has over 35 years of nursing experience in a variety of clinical settings, including primary health care, emergency
department, cardiac rehabilitation, critical care and cardiac catheterization, including
24 years of experience in nursing education. Dr. Downes maintains a clinical practice
as a primary care nurse practitioner.
Dr. Downes' research focuses on the prevention and management of chronic diseases such as type-2 diabetes with an emphasis on nutrition and physical activity. She developed an instrument Motivators and Barriers of Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors Scale which has been used nationally and internationally. She is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and has presented regionally, nationally and internationally at professional conferences on topics related to lifestyle behaviors.