Our team

Our team

Lisa Shah, Ph.D., RN

Assistant Professor
Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems

1100 East Leigh Street
Box 980567
Richmond, VA 23298-0567

Email: shahl2@vcu.edu


I am committed to teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. My values as a teacher are 1) fostering enthusiasm to grow and learn; 2) commitment to creating an inclusive learning environment based on trust, honesty, and integrity; and 3) compassion for students in all career stages.


My research aims to maximize wellness in individuals, families, and communities by improving communication and management of genomic and family health history information in families with heritable cardiovascular diseases. The premise of my research is that genetic and social connections in families are key mechanisms for improving health. Family communication is one of the most critical and often, the only ways, that at-risk family members may be alerted to the need to receive evaluation and preventive management for heritable cardiovascular diseases. Yet, family communication of genetic and health information is a challenge that persists across multiple chronic conditions and throughout the lifespan. This line of research is ripe for innovative solutions! 


I am a member of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG), Sigma Theta Tau, Midwest Nurses Research Society, American Heart Association, and the International Network for Social Network Analysis.


  • BS - Iowa State University, Ames, IA - Biology
  • BNS - Creighton University, Omaha, NE - Nursing
  • MSN - University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA - Nursing
  • Ph.D. – University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA - Nursing
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Targeted Research and Academic Training Program for Nurses in Genomics (T32NR009759)


  • 2022- Faculty Success Program by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, VCU
  • 2017 - Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Fellowship, University of Iowa
  • 2009-2017 - Day Family Scholarship in Genetics, University of Iowa 


  • 2016-2018: Co-Investigator: Communication of Genetic Risk for Hereditary Breast Ovarian Cancer from Probands to Relatives (PI Memnun Seven). European Oncology Nursing Society, $43,200
  • 2015-2016: PI- Communication of Genetic Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death from Probands to Relatives.  (Heart to Heart Research Study). NINR Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows in Nursing Research (F31) 1F31NR014758, $66,358
  • 2014-15: PI- Family Communication of Genetic Risk for Cardiac Disease, Midwest Nurses Research Society, $2,500


  • Seven, M., Shah, L. L., Yazici, H., & Daack-Hirsch, S. (2020) From probands to relatives: Communication of genetic risk for hereditary breast-ovarian cancer and its influence on subsequent testing. Cancer Nursing. Advance online publication.
  • https://doi.org/10.1097/NCC.0000000000000876
  • Daack-Hirsch, S., Shah, L.L., Jones, K., Rocha, B., Doerr, M., Meese, T., & Gabitzsch, E. (2020). All things considered, my risk for diabetes is medium: A risk personalization process of familial risk for type 2 diabetes. Health Expectations, 23(1), 169-181. https://doi.org/10.1111/hex.12986
  • Seven, M., Shah, L. L., Yazici, H., & Daack-Hirsch, S. (2020) Experiences of BRCA1/2 gene mutation-positive women with cancer in communicating genetic risk to their relatives. Cancer Nursing. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1097/NCC.0000000000000796
  • Conley, V.M., Daack-Hirsch, S., Halbmaier, K., & Shah, L.L. (2020). Bringing Personalized Medicine to a PACT Program: A Quality Improvement Project. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 26(1), 77-85. https://doi.org/10.1177/1078390319826687
  • Shah, L.L, Daack-Hirsch, S., Ersig, A. L., Paik, A., Ahmad, F., & Williams, J. K. (2019). Family Relationships Associated with Communication and Testing for Inherited Cardiac Conditions. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 41(11), 1576-1601. https://doi.org/10.1177/0193945918817039
  • Daack-Hirsch, S., Schumacher, A., Shah, L.L., & Campo, S. (2019). Type 2 diabetes familial risk personalization process profiles: Implications for patient-provider communication. Research in Nursing & Health, 42(5), 369-381. https://doi.org/10.1002/nur.21971
  • Shah, L.L. Ersig, A.L., & Paik, A. (2019). Social network factors and anxiety among adolescents with type 1 diabetes and their parents. Journal of Family Nursing, 25(3), 395-418. https://doi.org/10.1177/1074840719863719
  • Knisely, M. R., Maseratie, M., Wright Heinsberg, L., Shah, L. L., Li, H., Zhu, Y., Ma, Y., Graves, L., Merriman, J., & Conley, Y.P. (2019). Symptom science: Advocating for Inclusion of Functional Genetic Polymorphisms. Biological Research for Nursing, 21(4), 349-354. https://doi.org/10.1177/1099800419846407
  • Shah, L.L., & Daack-Hirsch, S. (2018). Family communication about genetic risk of hereditary cardiomyopathies and arrhythmias: An integrative review. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 27(5),1022-1039. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10897-018-0225-9
  • Daack-Hirsch, S., Shah, L.L, & Cady, A. (2018). Mental models of cause and inheritance for type 2 diabetes among unaffected individuals who have a positive family history. Qualitative Health Research, 28(4), 534-547. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732317745052
  • Shah, L.L., Perkhounkova, Y., & Daack-Hirsch, S. E. (2016). Evaluation of the Perception of Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes Instrument (PRF-T2DM) in an at-risk, non diabetic population. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 24(2), 83-100. https://doi.org/10.1891/1061-3749.24.2.E83



  • Imes, C. & Shah, L.L. (2018, October 27). Family History Viewed as Equally Influencing Risk Among Individuals With and Without a Family History of Premature Heart Disease. International Society of Nurses in Genetics World Congress, Orlando, FL.
  • Shah, L.L., Purdon, J.M., Daack-Hirsch, S., & Conley, C. (2018, October 27). Exploring The Relationship Between Disease Experience and Family Communication about Genetic Risk for Heritable Cardiomyopathies and Arrhythmias. International Society of Nurses in Genetics World Congress, Orlando, FL.
  • Halbmaier, K., Conley, V., Shah, L.L. & Daack-Hirsch, S. (2017, November 4). Evaluating the Practicality of Clinic-Wide Utilization of a Psychotropic Assay. International Society of Nurses in Genetics World Congress, Reston, VA.
  • Shah, L.L. (2016, August 4). Using Social Network Analysis to Examine Family Communication about Genetic Cardiac Conditions. International Society of Nurses in Genetics World Congress, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Seven, M., & Shah, L.L. (2016, August 4). An Integrative Review of Nurses’ Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes About Genetics. International Society of Nurses in Genetics World Congress, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Daack-Hirsch, S., Shah, L.L., Cady, A., Jones, K., Rocha, B., Schumacher, A. (2016, August 4). Personalizing Familial Risk Perception for Type 2 Diabetes. International Society of Nurses in Genetics World Congress, Dublin, Ireland.

 Local / State

  • Shah, L.L. (2018, March 1). Family Communication About Genetic Risk for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy & Long QT Syndrome. Genetics Case Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. 
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