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Doris Boutain PhD, RN, PHN-BC

Associate Professor
Adjunct Associate Professor, UW Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

Dr. Boutain, as a community health nurse, researcher, and educator, applies social justice frameworks to advance health equity and implementation research. She is well known for designing community- based participatory research studies (CBPR) using qualitative (discourse analysis, narrative analysis, ethnography, etc.) and quantitative (correlational analysis, cost analysis, etc.) inquiry approaches. Dr.

Boutain’s 20-year research portfolio has diverse funding sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health – Division of Child and Maternal Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the March of Dimes, Public Health-Seattle & King County, and private donors. Her body of research describes how health disparities are created, and can be addressed, from a systems level perspective to promote health equity. Dr. Boutain has studied both acute and chronic topics, including preterm birth, high blood pressure, and obesity prevention. Several of her book chapters were cited for advancing the use of social justice in nursing.

Using her multilingual, multicultural research approaches with diverse populations and communities, she often collaborates with other research scholars. Dr. Boutain has numerous awards for supporting colleagues to establish funded research careers with studies first initiated in Haiti, China, South Korea, and the United States. She has been invited to over six countries to present her research using the social justice framework she developed.

Overall, Dr. Boutain’s research portfolio creates new knowledge about how worry, stress, and income distress impair health, and introduces novel research-based social justice approaches. Her scholarship supports equity- based policies for systems change to promote abundant health for those placed in suboptimal health and social conditions. Dr. Boutain also champions community inclusion in research and higher education as a nationally certified public health nurse and nurse educator.



  • BSN, Southern University and A&M College
  • MSN in Community Health, University of Washington
  • PhD in Nursing Science, University of Washington


What classes do you Teach?

NSG 571: Theory and Science of Population Health Nursing Practice (Fall Quarter, 3 Credits)

NSG 555: Perspective on Implementing Research in Advanced Nursing Practice (Fall Quarter, 3 Credits)

NMETH 582: Qualitative Inquiry (Spring Quarter, 4 Credits)

NMETH 583: Advanced Qualitative Methods (Fall Quarter, 4 Credits)


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 research skills to support health equity and implementation science. It has a dynamic student and faculty body poised to make a measurable difference in the research world. The UW School of Nursing is a place where excellence and innovation are crafted.


Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing

Research Areas

  • Health Equity

Research Centers

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