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Debra J. Barksdale, PhD, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP, FAAN

Professor & Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Phone: (919) 843-2479
Specialty Area: Primary Care/Family Nurse Practitioner

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office: 1302

Dr. Debra J. Barksdale is a Professor and Director of the DNP program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). She is certified as a family nurse practitioner (NP), an adult NP, and a nurse educator. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nursing. In addition, she was also a Department of Health and Human Services Primary Health Care Policy Fellow. Dr. Barksdale is President of the prestigious National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). She is also a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows 2011 Cohort. On September 23, 2010, Dr. Barksdale was one of 19 members appointed to the 21 member Board of Governors for the new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) by the U.S. Government Accountability Office under the Obama Administration. She is the only nurse appointed to the PCORI Board. In 2012, she was reappointed for six more years. She chairs the PCORI Scholarly Publications Committee and is a member of the Communication, Outreach and Engagement Committee of the Board of Governors. Dr. Barksdale's research focuses on stress and cardiovascular disease in Black Americans. Specifically, she studies the relationships among contextual and psychological factors, physiological stress responses and blood pressure. Her current work explores the underlying hemodynamic determinants of hypertension, particularly sleep blood pressure and sleep total peripheral resistance, and the cortisol awakening response. Her study ‘Hypertension in Black Americans: Environment, Behavior, and Biology’ was funded by the National Institute of Health. She also is a member of the Steering Committee for the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and the SON's Biobehaviorial Laboratory Scientific Advisory Board. As a clinician, Dr. Barksdale currently practices as a volunteer nurse practitioner at the Robert Nixon Clinic for the homeless in Chapel Hill. She has over 20 years of NP experience and has been a NP in urgent care, primary care, home care and care of the underserved. She was the Administrative Director for Medlantic Med+Care a clinic of the Washington Hospital Center Network in Washington D.C. and Co-Director of Imani, a faith based Nurse Manage Clinic in Detroit Michigan.