Nadine J Barrett, PhD

Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health

As a Medical Sociologist with over 15 years of experience engaging diverse health systems and communities to improve community and population health, I have devoted my career to reducing health disparities among disadvantaged and vulnerable populations and effectively training health care and research professionals and trainees in community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and the principles of authentic and impactful stakeholder collaborations. My expertise can be defined broadly within the context of developing effective community and health system partnerships to improve health outcomes, and conducting community health assessments to inform strategic priority setting, and program development, implementation and evaluation. I serve as the inaugural director of the Office of Health Equity and Disparities at the Duke Cancer Institute, and the Director of the Community Connections and Collaborations Core within the Duke CTSA and the Center for Community and Population Health Improvement. I am also faculty in the Department of Community and Family Medicine, Division of Community Health. 
I have several funded project including Project PLACE (Population Level Approaches to Cancer Elimination), funded by the NCI is a three pronged research project designed to implement three robust mechanisms to inform the health equity strategic direction of the DCI over the next 5- 8 years. Project PLACE  is a highly intensive community engagement model and platform designed to shape robust scholarly productivity, partnered research and community programs to improve population health. I am also the Duke PI (subcontract) with Kevin Williams (lead-PI)of a national Susan G. Komen pipeline training grant on translational research in Inflammatory Breast Cancer, and community engaged research. I also co-direct the NCI funded Cancer Research and Education Program Core of the NCCU/DCI Translational Health Disparities Research Program which incorporates specified training in minority accrual in clinical research, a program I developed within the DCI entitled, Just Ask.  

Education and Training

  • Texas Woman's University, Ph.D. 2005


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Shah A, Polascik TJ, George DJ, Anderson J, Hyslop T, Ellis AM, et al. Implementation and Impact of a Risk-Stratified Prostate Cancer Screening Algorithm as a Clinical Decision Support Tool in a Primary Care Network. In: J Gen Intern Med. 2020.
Crankshaw S, Butt J, Gierisch JM, Barrett NJ, Mervin-Blake S, Oeffinger K, et al. The Durham Initiative for Stomach Health (DISH): a pilot community-based Helicobacter pylori education and screening study. Bmc Gastroenterol. 2020 Aug 6;20(1):261.
Corbett CM, Somers TJ, Nuñez CM, Majestic CM, Shelby RA, Worthy VC, et al. Evolution of a longitudinal, multidisciplinary, and scalable patient navigation matrix model. Cancer Med. 2020 Mar 4;
Barrett NJ, Ingraham KL, Bethea K, Hwa-Lin P, Chirinos M, Fish LJ, et al. Project PLACE: Enhancing community and academic partnerships to describe and address health disparities. In: Advances in Cancer Research. 2020. p. 167–88.
Ejem DB, Barrett N, Rhodes RL, Olsen M, Bakitas M, Durant R, et al. Reducing Disparities in the Quality of Palliative Care for Older African Americans through Improved Advance Care Planning: Study Design and Protocol. J Palliat Med. 2019 Sep;22(S1):90–100.
Devi GR, Hough H, Barrett N, Cristofanilli M, Overmoyer B, Spector N, et al. Perspectives on Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) Research, Clinical Management and Community Engagement from the Duke IBC Consortium.. J Cancer. 2019;10(15):3344–51.

Moorman PG, Barrett NJ, Wang F, Alberg JA, Bandera EV, Barnholtz-Sloan JB, Bondy M, Cote ML, Funkhouser E, Kelemen LE, Peres LC, Peters ES, Schwartz AG, Terry PD, Crankshaw S, Abbott SE, Schildkraut JM. Effect of Cultural, Folk, and Religious Beliefs and Practices on Delays in Diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer in African American Women. Journal of Women'S Health (2002). 2018 Nov 27. PubMed Central PMCID: 30481095.

Shelby RA, Dorfman CS, Bosworth HB, Keefe F, Sutton L, Owen L, Erkanli A, Reed SD, Arthur SS, Somers T, Barrett N, Huettel S, Gonzalez JM, Kimmick G. Testing a behavioral intervention to improve adherence to adjuvant endocrine therapy (AET). Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2018 Nov 22. PubMed Central PMCID: 30472215.