Dr. Tracey Vitori is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Nursing. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Kentucky, a Master’s Degree in Science from Wright State University, a Master’s Degree in Nursing Science from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Xavier University. Her Bachelor’s Degree in Science is from the College of Mount St. Joseph. Dr. Vitori was a Biobehavioral Rich Heart Scholar with the Cardiopulmonary Research Scientists in Kentucky from 2012–2016 during which time she focused on psychological distress in patients living with cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Vitori’s scientific interest includes improving cognitive, functional, and quality-of-life outcomes of post-cardiac surgery adults while identifying valued life activities in the decision-making process, including medication deprescribing. She collaborates with local and national researchers to advance scientific knowledge in the field of improving post-cardiac surgery outcomes. Dr. Vitori’s research is underpinned through extensive critical care and cardiac surgery experience as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in university and community hospital settings.
Dr. Vitori teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Nursing. Her teaching interests include research, leadership, evidence-based practice methods, and advanced assessment and diagnostic reasoning. Dr. Vitori serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Nursing Measurement, the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, the Western Journal of Nursing Research, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.