Debra Barksdale, PhD, FNP-BC, CNE, FAANP, ANEF, FAAN

Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina Greensboro

Dr. Barksdale is currently completing her second term as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Nursing. She serves as the board liaison to the Diversity and Inclusivity Committee and the Primary Care, Breast Feeding, and Nursing Theory-Guided Practice expert panels. Dr. Barksdale is an RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow alumna and served as the only nurse appointed to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Board of Governors (PCORI) for 8 years, a past president of the NONPF, AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Fellow, and a former DHHS Primary Health Care Policy Fellow and a Translational Research Fellow at the L. Douglas School of Government at VCU. She currently serves as the NLN representative to the Diversifying the Nursing Workforce Initiative which is coordinated by AARP. She holds degrees from the University of Virginia (BSN), Howard University (MSN-FNP), University of Michigan (PhD), and a post-master’s certificate in teaching (University of Pennsylvania). She is a recognized leader in the area of advanced practice nursing education and in equity, diversity, and inclusion.