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Wendy Barrington PhD, MPH

Associate Professor

The focus of my research is to evaluate to what degree social position, structures, and systems perpetuate cancer health disparities via stress, obesity, and related behaviors. My research falls within two main schema: promoting healthy communities and racial disparities in clinical outcomes. I am using advanced methods including multilevel modeling and causal mediation analyses to explicate these relationships as well as community-engaged research to promote the health of vulnerable communities. In linking my research with teaching, I am passionate about naming and describing mechanisms of social inequity and discussing with students how these mechanisms manifest in the healthcare system and contribute to health disparities. I am also active within the School of Nursing and the broader UW Health Sciences to facilitate an institutional culture that fosters equity, diversity, and inclusion among students, staff, and faculty.




  • 1997, BS, Earth Systems, Stanford University
  • 2005, MPH, Epidemiology, University of New Mexico
  • 2012, PhD, Epidemiology, University of Washington

What class do you teach?

NSG 552: Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

Nursing as a profession is characterized by the dynamic intersection of social justice, action in clinical and community settings, and authentic caring relationships. I love the UW School of Nursing because of its commitment to teaching and practicing those values as well as its promotion of an inclusive environment where innovation may manifest. This approach will be the most effective in moving towards health equity both locally and globally.


Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Health Equity

Research Centers

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Main: 206.616.6298

University of Washington School of Nursing
Dept of Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing
Box 357262
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195

Office: T 515C