Brookshield Laurent earned her doctorate in osteopathic medicine in 2009 from Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine (New Jersey). She then received specialty training in family medicine at Christiana Health Care System in Wilmington, Delaware. She joined NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2012.

Since then, Dr. Laurent has led curricular advancement in the foundational clinical skills course: the Doctor-Patient Relationship. This course helps student physicians learn professionalism, interpersonal communication, cultural competency, clinical decision-making, and physical exam skills.

In 2016, Dr. Laurent was appointed chair of the Department of Clinical Medicine at NYITCOM’s site at Arkansas State University. There, she leads faculty of multiple clinical specialties and spurs professional and leadership development.

Dr. Laurent is a recipient of the Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship sponsored by the American Osteopathic Association. This fellowship is a leadership training program on the analysis, formulation, and implementation of health policy on the local, state, and national levels. Its purpose is to increase access to affordable, quality health care.

Dr. Laurent is an advocate for health equity and a leader in addressing social determinants of health to transform community health outcomes. She is a driver in enlarging capacities for innovation in medical education, population health, and community development.

As the executive director for the Delta Population Health Institute, Dr. Laurent leverages resources in education, research, policy, and community engagement to bring about policy, system, and environmental change. The institute aims to create a culture of health in the Delta.

Dr. Laurent is often called upon as a motivational speaker. She addresses community leaders, entrepreneurs, and young professionals in the areas of population health, capacity building, and leadership development.


  • Cohn J, Blazey, W, Tegay, D, Harper B, Koehler, S, Laurent B, Chen V, Jung, M, Krishnamachari B. Physician Knowledge of Ethnicity Specific Difference in the BRCA Testing. The Breast Journal, September 2014, pp 1–2.
  • Cohn J, Blazey, W, Tegay, D, Harper B, Koehler, S, Laurent B, Chen V, Jung, M, Krishnamachari B. Physician Risk Assessment Knowledge Regarding BRCA Genetic testing. Journal Cancer Education, September 20, 2014.
  • Chan V, Blazey W , Tegay D , Harper B, Koehler S, Laurent B, Lipka S, Cohn J, Jung M, Krishnamachari, B. Impact of Academic Affiliation and Training on Knowledge of Hereditary Colorectal Cancer. Public Health Genomics, April 2014, Vol.17, No.2.

Honors and Awards

  • Arkansas Business Honoree 40 Under 40 (2020)
  • Excellence in Community Diversity Award, awarded by Arkansas State University (2018)
  • INSIGHT Into Diversity Inspiring Women in STEM Award (2016)
  • Award of Excellence in Medical Education in Global Health, awarded by NYIT School of Health Professions (2015)
  • Presidential Award for Student Engagement in Global Education, awarded by New York Institute of Technology (2014)

Courses Taught at New York Tech

  • Population Health
  • Doctor-Patient Relationship
  • Clinical Skills
  • Cultural Competency

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