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Erin Blakeney PhD, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor

Erin Abu-Rish Blakeney is a nurse with a background in community health, public/social policy and interprofessional education. She completed her PhD at the University of Washington (UW) School of Nursing in December 2014 with a dissertation titled “The Great Recession and health disparities: A study of maternal and child health outcomes in Washington and Florida” and was an NIH-funded TL1 trainee from 2011-2013.

Erin also has experience in interprofessional education research—with a particular focus on evaluation since 2007. In her previous capacity as a research scientist and master’s student at New York University, she helped integrate graduate nursing students into international service learning projects with dental students in Honduras and Nicaragua. During her doctoral work at the UW, she worked as a graduate research assistant on interprofessional education grants. Erin was the lead author on a review paper on the state of IPE and developed a structured reporting tool for describing IPE interventions for replication that won the 2012 Baldwin Award (awarded for “research that adds significantly to the evidence base informing interprofessional care and education worldwide”) (Journal of Interprofessional Care, 2012). She also helped to establish UW Health Science Students IHI Open School Chapter.

Erin was recently appointed to a faculty position in the UW School of Nursing and leads evaluation for 3 interprofessional faculty development and collaborative practice grants focused on improving team function and patient outcomes among advanced heart failure patients. She is interested in improving patient outcomes/reducing disparities through enhanced team communication and innovative approaches to collaborative practice.


Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics


  • BA, Whitman College, 2001
  • BSN, Johns Hopkins University, 2005
  • MA, New York University, 2009
  • PhD, University of Washington, 2014

What classes do you teach?

None currently

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

As someone who grew up in rural Washington State, the University of Washington School of Nursing is uniquely situated to help me to combine my past experiences with my long-term research, teaching and service goals.

The small Washington towns I have called home, particularly Wapato, Ferndale, La Center, and Walla Walla, instilled in me the importance of community as it relates to quality of life and resilience. Growing up, I learned first hand about life in areas far from emergency rooms (especially for those of us who were poor and un/under-insured), with sparse health resources for preventive or chronic illness care, public schools that did not provide sex education, and community apprehension to public discussions of mental health and family well-being.

My liberal arts, nursing, and international education degrees, together with my professional nursing and community health background, have been formative in focusing my academic interests on interdisciplinary research and systems-level analysis of healthcare and health policy.

I love that, at the University of Washington and within the School of Nursing there are many who (like me) strive to make a positive difference in the health of the people of Washington State and beyond through innovative approaches to teaching, research, and collaboration with patients, families, and health care teams.


  • Interprofessional Education
  • Interprofessional Collaborative Practice
  • Faculty Development
  • Evaluation
  • Quality Improvement
  • Translational Research
  • Big Data
  • Health Disparities
  • Heart Failure
  • Environment and Health

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Health Equity
  • Lifespan Health

Research Centers


  • Willgerodt, M.A., Abu-Rish Blakeney, E., Brock, D.M., Liner, D., Murphy, N., & Zierler, B. (2015). Interprofessional education and practice guide no. 4: Developing and sustaining interprofessional education at an academic health center. Journal of Interprofessional Care. Early Online: 1-5. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2015.1039117
  • Abu-Rish Blakeney, E., Pfeifle, A, Jones, M. Hall, L., Zierler, B.K. (in press, 2015). Findings from an interprofessional faculty development program. Journal of Interprofessional Care.
  • Brock, D., Abu-Rish, E., Chiu, C., Hammer, D., Wilson, S., Vorvick, L., Blondon, K., Schaad, D., Liner, D., Zierler, B. (2013). Interprofessional education in team communication: Working together to improve patient safety. Quality and Safety in Healthcare 0: 1-10. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2012-000952
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