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Marie Annette Brown PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP

Vice Chair for Education, Department of Family and Child Nursing
Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, UW Medicine

Throughout her career Dr. Brown has successfully combined teaching, research and clinical practice. As a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with a specialization in women’s health, she practices at UW Medical Center Women’s Health Care Clinic. She is nationally certified as a FNP and a Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Specialist.

Dr. Brown has dedicated her career to advancing Nurse Practitioners at the local, state and national levels. She obtained federal grants to launch and build the foundation for all APRNs at the UW School of Nursing, served on several national organization boards, and was an early president of the National Organization of NP Faculties. Because of her enthusiasm and expertise about NP programs, she has consulted internationally about Advanced Practice Nursing Education and development of the DNP. Over the years Dr. Brown has held multiple leadership positions in the UW School of Nursing, for example as the director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program and the Cross-Department Advanced Practice Collaboration.

She led the development and implementation of the School’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, one of the first DNP programs in the nation and the first on the west coast. She has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally about the DNP and advanced practice nursing; participated in the development of key DNP competency and program related statements; conducted accreditation reviews for DNP programs; and consulted for DNP program development.

Dr. Brown has authored over 90 research and clinically oriented publications and co-authored 3 books, including the popular When Your Body Gets the Blues, with Jo Robinson, The Advanced Practice Nurse as Prescriber with Dr. Louise Kaplan and Living with a Loved one with AIDS with Dr. Gail Powell-Cope.

Dr. Brown has contributed important research data about advanced practice nurses in Washington State and led the first statewide survey of Advanced Practice Nurses that was also the first of its kind nationally. Throughout the past several decades she and her research colleague Dr. Louise Kaplan have continued these statewide surveys that in turn have influenced practice policy in the state and nationally.

Dr. Brown maintained a commitment to women’s health research in a range of areas such and the effects of stress and support on the health of expectant fathers and mothers during pregnancy and family functioning with peri-menstrual distress. She was a pioneer in family caregiving with people with HIV/AIDS and wrote extensively on this topic for both the professional and AIDS community while leading support groups and helping build the National Organization of Nurses in AIDS Care.

Dr. Brown been honored by her peers with the School of Nursing Excellence in Teaching Award; the Lifetime Achievement Award (National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties; Achievement in Research Award (National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties; Nurse Practitioner of the Year.


Awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN)
  • Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award-National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
  • Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame

What classes do you teach?

Leadership, Communication, and Professional Identity

DNP Capstone Project Implementation course



Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing

Research Areas

  • Symptom Science
  • Lifespan Health
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