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2018 Martin Luther King, Jr Lecture

Monday, January 15, 2018,

  • Location: 208 Light Hall

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration Speaker:

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

                                                                                   Professor, Associate Dean of Academic Programs                                                                                              

Virginia Commonwealth University


Debra J. Barksdale is certified as a family nurse practitioner, an adult nurse practitioner and a nurse educator. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Virginia, master’s degree in nursing from Howard University and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on stress and cardiovascular disease in the African-American community and her former NIH funded study, titled “Hypertension in Black Americans: Environment, Behavior, and Biology,” explores the underlying hemodynamic determinants of hypertension. Dr. Barksdale recently joined Virginia Commonwealth University as the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in 2016.

Barksdale is a past president of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and is a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows alumna. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and in 2015 she served on the Veterans Choice Act Blue Ribbon Panel. Last, Dr. Barksdale was recently named an American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Wharton Fellow. Dr. Barksdale completed the AACN Wharton Executive Leadership Program, a world-class enrichment program launched in collaboration with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, for top academic leaders in schools of nursing.