Jacqueline Sabrena Barnett, DHSc, MHS, PA-C

Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health

Dr. Jacqueline Barnett serves as the Program Director for the Duke PA Program.  In this role she is responsible for the overall organization, administration, fiscal management, and continuous review and analysis of the program.  Prior to joining the faculty at Duke, she served as faculty at the George Washington University School of Medicine PA Program, where she received the endowed Morton A. Bender Teaching Award. Her clinical practice experiences includes pediatrics, urgent care, family medicine, and infectious disease.

Her scholarly and research interests include improving learning experiences for students with disabilities, curriculum enhancement through integrating technology and blended learning formats, and  promoting inclusive excellence, equity, and justice in education and healthcare.  She is also interested in various aspects related to organizational leadership and culture and interprofessional education and team care.  Dr. Barnett is a previous National Health Service Corps Scholar with a strong commitment to the medically underserved and efforts to improve healthcare access and outcomes in underserved populations.

Education and Training

  • The George Washington University, P.A.- C. 1994
  • The George Washington University, M.H.S. 2002
  • A.T. Still University, D.H.Sc. 2013


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Diversity and Inclusion in Quality Patient Care. In Springer International Publishing; 2019.

Straker HO, McDonald PL, Barnett JS, Collins A. Leveraging E-Learning for Pedagogical Innovation in PA Education. The Journal of Physician Assistant Education : the Official Journal of the Physician Assistant Education Association. 2018 Mar;29(1):62-66. PubMed Central PMCID: 29461458.

Railey K, Barnett J, Collett D. Achieving Inclusive Excellence. In: Kayingo G, Hass V, editors. The Health Professions Educator: A Practical Guide for New and Established Faculty. New York: Springer; 2018.
Railey K, Barnett J. Black Female PA. In: Martin M, Heron S, Moreno-Walton L, Strickland M, editors. Diversity and Inclusion in Quality Patient Care Your Story/Our Story – A Case-Based Compendium. Springer; 2018. p. 375–80.
Barnett J, McDonald P, Ekmecki O, Ruckert E, Straker H. Technological Innovation in Online Classrooms: Meeting the Needs of a 21st Century Workforce in Health Professions Education. In: Ran B, editor. Technological Innovation Networks Collaboration and Partnership. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing; 2017. p. 243–70.

LeLacheur S, Barnett J, Straker H. Race, ethnicity, and the physician assistant profession. JAAPA : official journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 2015 Oct;28(10):41-45. PubMed PMID: 26406176.

McDonald PL, Lyons LB, Straker HO, Barnett JS, Schlumpf KS, Cotton L, Corcoran MA. Educational Mixology: A Pedagogical Approach to Promoting Adoption of Technology to Support New Learning Models in Health Science Disciplines. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Network. 2014 Jan 1;18(4).

Costello E, Corcoran M, Barnett JS, Birkmeier M, Cohn R, Ekmekci O, Falk NL, Harrod T, Herrmann D, Robinson S, Walker B. Information and communication technology to facilitate learning for students in the health professions: Current uses, gaps, and future directions. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Network. 2014 Jan 1;18(4).

Barnett JS. Incorporating electronic medical records into the physician assistant educational curriculum. The journal of physician assistant education : the official journal of the Physician Assistant Education Association. 2013 Jan;24(2):48-54. PubMed PMID: 23875499.

Barnett JS. Clostridium difficile: a new look at an old but increasingly deadly infection. JAAPA : official journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 2012 Jan;25(1):32-36. PubMed PMID: 22384754. (Review)