Luann received her Bachelors Degree in Nursing from the University of Alabama and she completed her Masters in Nursing as a Nurse practitioner for Family and Occupational Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Luann continued her studies at the University of Pittsburgh and received her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing. She completed her formal education by completing a Post–Degree Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Luann is an Associate Professor in the Robert Morris University School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Luann is certified as a Family Nurse practitioner, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Throughout her academic experiences, Luann has published numerous articles and participated in a variety research studies. She is a member of several national nursing associations