Dr. Jackie LaManna’s areas of expertise and research interests are the fields of gerontology, chronic disease management such as diabetes, and care transitions. The findings from her dissertation research, which addressed early and intermediate hospital-to-home transition experiences of older adults diagnosed with diabetes, were presented at the American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Meeting, the American Diabetes Association Annual Clinical Meeting and the Southern Nurses Research Society Annual Conference. She was also recognized with the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the UCF College of Nursing for her research.

Board certified as an adult nurse practitioner, LaManna has more than 20 years of experience as an advanced practice nurse serving in the roles of clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner and educator. She is also certified in advanced diabetes management and a certified diabetes educator. In addition to teaching at UCF, LaManna practices as a nurse practitioner with the Endocrine Clinic at the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County. Her work in diabetes care has also been published in several journals and textbooks.

She currently serves as chair of the American Association of Diabetes Educators Research Committee and is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Diabetes Association, Sigma Theta Tau International and Southern Nurses Research Society. LaManna earned her BSN from Purdue University, where she was honored as a Golden Graduate. She received her MSN from the University of Florida and her PhD from UCF. Previously, LaManna was a lecturer and site coordinator for the UCF Cocoa campus, where the college offers a traditional BSN program.

Research and Scholarship

Dr. LaManna’s research interests include care transition experiences of older adults; the impact of multimorbidity on care of older adults; and diabetes care.


  • PhD, University of Central Florida
  • MSN, University of Florida
  • BSN, Purdue University

Expertise & Research