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Doris Boutain PhD, RN, PHN-BC

Associate Professor
John and Marguerite Walker Corbally Professor in Public Service
Adjunct Associate Professor, UW Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

Dr. Boutain, as a community health nurse, researcher, and educator, is committed to using social justice as a framework to promote health and decrease disease to support health equity for all. Her research is anchored in understanding how health disparities are created, and can be addressed, from a systems level perspective to sustain equity. Her work advocates for system change to promote population and community health for those most at risk of poor health outcomes. Her scholarship as been funded by the March of Dimes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The National Institutes of Health, Division of Child and Maternal Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Dr. Boutain is trained in diverse qualitative research techniques (discourse analysis, narrative analysis, ethnography, etc.) as well as cost analysis. She often uses her research to consult with master’s and doctoral students nationally and internationally. She is also supportive of community involvement in health equity research and higher education.

Dr. Boutain earned a Ph.D. in Nursing Science and an M.N. degree in Community Health Nursing from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southern University.



  • BSN, Southern University
  • MSN, University of Washington
  • PhD, University of Washington

What classes do you teach?

NSG 561: Community Health Systems for Equity

NSG 555: Implementing Research into Advanced Nursing Practice


What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

The UW School of Nursing offers an environment filled with opportunities to expand and grow skills to support health equity. It has a dynamic student and faculty body poised to make a measurable difference in the world. The UW School of Nursing is a place were excellence and innovation is crafted.


Psychosocial and Community Health

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Symptom Science

Research Centers

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