Ashley Hodges is a Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Clinical Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. She is certified as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Dr. Hodges has over 30 years’ experience as an academician, administrator, and clinician. Her dedication to addressing the needs of women spans her career. Dr. Hodges established a nurse practitioner led, residential multidisciplinary clinic providing care to female victims of sex trafficking. The clinic is the first of its kind and is recognized as a model for transforming care to this population. She provides behavioral health integrated care within a trauma-informed care model she designed for trafficked women with complex medical and behavioral health conditions. The provision of comprehensive longitudinal care led to her ability to impact survivor care, public policy, and health care provider education at local, regional, national and international levels. Dr. Hodges works to promote provider understanding of the complexity of the interplay of behavioral health and the unique health needs of these women and to increase understanding of their lived experience of sex trafficking, including the mechanism of entry into trafficking, lack of access to and inequity in care, exposure to overt and unconscious bias of providers, and hesitancy to identify as a trafficking victim.
Dr. Hodges received her BSN from the University Of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing and her MSN and PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing.