Leigh G. Mullen, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Assistant Professor

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Office: 535
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

A former ballet and modern dancer, Dr. Mullen melds her love for the arts with science in her practice as a nurse educator and family nurse practitioner. She finds joy in partnering with students to support and sustain their learning and in partnering with patients to support and sustain their optimal health. As the daughter of a mother who escaped poverty, worked three jobs to send money back home and obtain her undergraduate degree, Dr. Mullen is sensitive to the challenges of many of our students and vulnerable patients. In fact, a significant part of Dr. Mullen’s scholarship is work surrounding the social determinants of health and the care of vulnerable populations.

Dr. Mullen is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing where she teaches pre-licensure and graduate students in the lab, lecture, and in clinical. She maintains a clinical practice at the Veterans Life Center, a residential program for 21st Century veterans at risk for homelessness and suicide. When not focused on student learning and clinical development, Dr. Mullen spends time with her loved ones in a wacky and loving multi-generational home!


Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and a Minor in French from NC State University;
Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN-FNP) from UNC Chapel Hill;
Doctor of Nursing Practice from Duke University.

Main Healthcare Experience

Professional Recruiter for a hospital in New York City.
Registered Nurse in numerous adult acute care units. Key specialties included: nephrology, cardiology, urology, trauma step-down, transplant care, and postpartum care.
Nurse Practitioner in urgent care, nurse-led mobile health, and veterans’ health.