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Joycelyn Thomas DNP, MSN, FNP-BC

Assistant Teaching Professor

My scholarship and clinical work center the most marginalized communities. As a Family Nurse Practitioner I have cared for patients across the lifespan, and more than 25 years of clinical experience to learn and work in collaboration with specialty healthcare providers throughout my career as a nurse. Clinically, I have been immersed in Level III high-risk inpatient settings in the Puget Sound Region and served as an expert and resource in those clinical settings.

I conduct scholarship and research activities with the University of Washington (UW) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology on racial disparity in preterm birth, NIH clinical trials involving HIV/AIDS infected pregnant women, and the “Wait One Year Program” developed in collaboration with a UW Maternal Fetal Medicine Provider and UW Registered Nurses, as well as, with the Center for Anti-Racism in the UW School of


2014      University of Washington, Seattle, WA, DNP, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
2014      MERCK, Family Care of Kent, MERCK Nexplanon Insertion and Removal Training Certification
2014      State of Washington, Lynnwood, Family Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified
2013      University of Washington, Seattle, WA, MN, area of study Nursing
2008     University of Washington, Seattle, Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Training, Research
2002     University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Strategic Leadership Program II Graduate
2001      Cross Cultural Health Care Program, Pacific Medical Seattle, Training of Trainers  Institute Graduate
1996      University of Washington, Seattle, WA, BS


2022     Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Washington School of Nursing
2022     Compassion Award National Recipient, Physician Enterprise Virginia Mason Franciscan Health,        Common Spirit Health

2014      Afya Bora (Good Health) Global Health Leadership Fellow
2014      Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society for Nurses
2013      Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship
2013      Primary Care Scholar, Veterans’ Administration Center of Excellence in Primary Care
2012      Recipient, Patient and Family Educator Award, Wait One-Year Program, UWMC
2000     Recipient, Martin Luther King Jr. Award, UWMC
1999      Co-Chair of the Local Practice Council for Labor and Delivery UWMC
1997      University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs “STAR” program (Students Training
and Aspiring for Research)
1996      Recipient, Martin Luther King Jr. Award, University of Washington School of Nursing
1996      Recipient, Vivian O’Lee Scholarship, University of Washington School of Nursing


Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing

Research Areas

  • Health Equity
  • Lifespan Health

Research Centers

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Health Sciences Building, Box 357263
1959 NE Pacific Ave, Seattle, WA 98195-7266
Office T 518A