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Sarah W. Matthews DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC

Affiliate Assistant Professor

I have over 20 years of experience as a nationally certified family nurse practitioner.  My clinical practice has included women’s health, urgent care and primary care. Since 2003 I have been specialized in Dermatology. I have also had a variety of leadership roles while I have maintained my clinical practice.

In 2007 I returned to UW and completed my DNP degree. My DNP project focused on optimization of collaborative NP-MD practices.  In 2015 I joined UW as an Assistant Professor and the FNP-DNP Program lead in the Psychosocial and Community Health Department. I direct the FNP-DNP program, teach, mentor students, and conduct research. I enjoy mentoring students during their DNP projects and love to teach dermatology, as well as a variety of family practice topics and critical thinking during clinical courses.

My program of research is focused on the treatment of immune-driven photo-responsive dermatologic conditions. I am presently conducting research to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of clinic-based narrowband phototherapy in the treatment of a variety of skin conditions in the elderly.  I am also conducting a translational study of a large scale home phototherapy program focusing on health outcomes for psoriasis patients of all ages and the nursing specific variables.


Psychosocial and Community Health


  • BSN, University of Washington, 1988
  • MN, University of Washington, 1993
  • DNP, University of Washington, 2009

What classes do you teach?

  • NCLIN 517: Advanced Clinical Practicum I
  • NCLIN 518: Advanced Clinical Practicum III
  • NCLIN 521: Diagnostic Decision Making and Clinical Skills Lab
  • NMETH 801: Practice Doctorate Project/Capstone

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

I love the UW School of Nursing because of its ongoing commitment to being a national leader in evidence-based nursing education and research.


  • Advanced practice nursing education
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Dermatology
  • Psoriasis
  • Transition to practice


Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Lifespan Health
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