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Butch de Castro PhD, MSN/MPH, RN, FAAN

Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
Deputy Director and Occupational Health Nursing Program Director, Northwest Center for Occupational Health & Safety
Research Affiliate, Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety & Health Center
Research Affiliate, Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology

My research focuses on occupational health disparities, emphasizing how employment opportunities, job conditions, and work organization contribute to chronic stress and occupational-related injury and illness. I utilize a variety of methodologies including longitudinal study designs, biomarkers, large survey datasets, and participatory strategies. My teaching style applies a health equity and social determinants of health framework, incorporates problem-based learning, encourages community advocacy service projects, and utilizes digital media. Prior to coming to the UW, I spent time in the occupational health policy arena having worked in federal OSHA’s Office of Occupational Health Nursing and with the American Nurses Association. Before that, I was as a Public Health Nurse with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. I am a member of the Washington State Nurses Association, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, and American Public Health Association.


  • National Institutes of Health-KL2 scholar, 2007-2012, Institute of Translational Health Sciences, Seattle, WA
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, June 2005-August 2006, Illinois Public Health Research Fellowship Program, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), 2003, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Public Health (MSN/MPH) joint-degree, 1998, The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (Community Health Nursing) and The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health (Occupational and Environmental Health)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), 1993, School of Nursing, University of California, Los Angeles

Awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) inducted 2016
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award, University of Washington Health Sciences Schools, Seattle, WA, 2012.
  • Washington State Nurses Association (Professional Nursing and Health Care Council) Research Award, Seattle, WA,  2009.
  • National Occupational Research Agenda Partnering Award, “Safe Patient Handling and Movement Training Program for Schools of Nursing,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Denver, CO, 2008.
  • Award of Excellence for Public Health Training, “Safe Patient Handling and Movement Training Program for the Schools of Nursing,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Education and Promotion Network, Atlanta, GA, 2007.
  • National Occupational Research Agenda Partnering Award, “Hazardous Drug Work Group,” National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Washington, DC, 4/18/2006.

What classes do you teach?

  • NSG 554 Occupational Health Perspectives on Worker Populations
  • NSG 558 Occupational Health:  Professional Practice and Leadership in Program Development

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

The collective commitment to innovative research and excellent teaching in pursuit of health equity.


Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing


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Research Areas

  • Health Equity

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