University of Portland

Layla Garrigues

School of Nursing & Health Innovations, Assistant Professor

Layla Garrigues



Buckley Center 301

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Layla Garrigues, PhD, RN, is an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee at University of Portland, School of Nursing. Dr. Garrigues joined the faculty of University of Portland in 2018. Dr. Garrigues’ research interests include health policy, and health promotion and wellness for marginalized populations via a social justice and ethics lens. 


  • Oregon Health & Sciences University, Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing Science
  • University of New Mexico, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • University of Illnois, Champaign-Urbana, Community Health Education, Public Health


  • Psychological Study of Identity, Culture, and Wellbeing (In Progress). Mixed-methods BIPOC research co-investigators: Sarina Saturn, Lauren Berger, Alejandro Santana, and Layla Garrigues. 
  • Buddy-UP: An Educational Innovation Enhancing Student Nurse Retention (In Progress). Co-investigators: Joane Moceri, Anjie Raber, Elisa Majors, Layla Garrigues. 
  • The Incontinence-Associated Skin Damage and its Severity Instrument (IASD.D2) for Light to Dark Skin Tones: Usability Study of Instrument in the Clinical Setting.2018-2020

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (ACHNE) 
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Beta Psi Chapter 
  • Columbia Wound Care Consortium (CWCC) 
  • National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) 

Recent Publications

  • Garrigues, L. G. (2021). Chapter 2: Addressing the lens of health inequities and social justice with vulnerable populations. In A. Vermeesh (Ed.), Integrative health overview of nursing interventions for vulnerable populations. Springer Nature Switzerland AG. 
  • Garrigues, L., Moceri, J. T., and Majors, E. (in progress). Using Radical Listening in Co-Creating a Community of Learning. Nursing Education Perspectives.