School of Nursing

Patricia Thompson Leavitt DNP, FNP

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Office Location

326 Masterton Hall, 71 Bedford St, Portland


(207) 780-4906 (office); 207-838-8933 (cell)

Academic Degrees

  • Simmons College, Doctor of Nursing Practice, 2014
  • M.S. Nursing, University of Southern Maine, 1990
  • B.S. Nursing, Boston College, 1997

Areas of Expertise

  • Holistic primary care to medically uninsured rural persons
  • Physical activity as a therapeutic modality
  • Clinically relevant case based teaching

Research Interests

  • Clinical focus: Holistic primary care to medically uninsured low income rural persons.
  • Research / Quality Improvement focus: Increasing physical activity levels in a rural population.   

Areas of Scholarship

  • Improving physical activity in a rural population

Recent Publications

Leavitt, P. (2017) Improving Exercise Prescribing in a Rural New England Free Clinic. Journal for Nurse Practitioners (13:1) e29-31. DOI:

Eaton, J., & Leavitt, P. (2016). Case 15: Maurice Lamontagne. In J. Cappiello, & J. Eaton, A Day in the Office: Case Studies . Maryland Heights: Mosby .


2017 National NP Symposium. Invited Poster:  What People Want: Patient Preferences of Primary Care Support to Increase Physical Activity in a Rural New England Free Health Clinic Population.                                                                                                              

2014 AANP Invited Poster: Improving Exercise Prescribing in a Rural New England Free Clinic. 

Awards and Recognition

  • President’s Award for Community Engagement, University of Southern Maine, 2017
  • Inspiring Educators Award, Maine Education Association, 2017
  • Mary Cushman Humanitarian Award, Maine Medical Association, 2016
  • Distinguished Alumna Award, Simmons College School of Health Sciences, 2011

Professional Activity

  • Founder  and volunteer Executive Director and NP provider, Leavitt’s Mill Free Health Center, a free clinic located in Bar Mills/Buxton, ME.
  • York County District Public Health Council member
  • York County Community Action Corporation Board of Directors