Dr. Easterling has been involved in teaching and administration at SMU since 1978. She has taught in a variety of courses in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. Areas of expertise include critical care and medical-surgical nursing, health care delivery and finance, health assessment, nursing leadership, nursing research, women's cardiovascular health, history and theories of nursing, and personal financial planning. Research studies include women's knowledge and perception of risk for heart disease among African American, White and Japanese nurses and non-nurses. Dr. Easterling was a visiting professor of nursing for two years at Seirei Christopher College in Japan. She has presented nationally and internationally in the United States, China, Japan, and England. Professional organizations include ACCN, STTI, and Japanese Society of Nursing Research. Dr. Easterling enjoys knitting, tennis, travel, mystery novels, flying small airplanes and hiking in the hills with her two dogs.