Debra Barksdale
Debra Barksdale

Associate Professor
School of Nursing
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Debra Barksdale maintains an active research program that focuses on stress and cardiovascular disease in Black Americans. She is also nationally known for her work with nurse practitioner and diversity education and her research dealing with stress, emotions, coping and blood pressure in black American adults.

Dr. Barksdale received her PhD from the University of Michigan where her specialty concentration was in Health Promotion and Risk Reduction with Cognates in Health Care Systems. She has a post-master’s certificate in teaching from the University of Pennsylvania, a MSN/FNP from Howard University, and a BSN from the University of Virginia. She is a certified family nurse practitioner, adult nurse practitioner, and nurse educator.

Dr. Barksdale strongly believes that research, practice and education must be intertwined. She has been appointed to the board of governors for the new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.  She is president-elect of the prestigious National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty and previously chaired the research committee. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and a volunteer family nurse practitioner at a clinic for the homeless.