A graduate of SUNY Brockport and SUNY Buffalo, Lovett-Scott joined the faculty in the Department of Nursing in 1982. She had previously directed the Educational Opportunity Center's nursing program for five years. She has certification in labor management from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.
Lovett-Scott has presented widely on cultural competence for health practitioners and traditional health practices of African-Americans, topics on which she has written extensively. She spent academic year 1995-1996 on sabbatical leave at the University of Ghana, West Africa, where she taught in the Department of Nursing and served as curriculum consultant. While in Ghana she conducted research on traditional health practices of Ghanaians from the perspective of the consumer, nurse, physician and traditional healer.
Although her primary teaching responsibility is adult health, health assessment, research, and transcultural issues in health in the junior nursing curriculum, she has guest lectured in a number of academic departments on and off-campus. She is a mentor for the Collegiate Science Technology Program (CSTEP) and the McNair Scholars Program. In addition to teaching, she is actively involved in professional and community service. For the past 19 years she has served on numerous local, state and national human relations and health-related boards and advisory committees where she has played leadership roles in planning and setting policy. She is a member of three professional honor societies, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Sigma Theta Tau International, and Chi Eta Phi Sorority.
Lovett-Scott's primary research interests are in the areas of culture and health, attitudes and behaviors of women leaders, and students and faculty of color in the academy. She is currently writing a book on Comparative Health Systems.