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Barbara Hatcher, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

School of Nursing

Barbara Hatcher

Barbara J. Hatcher, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, is an experienced health care executive, health policy expert, health regulator, researcher, and entrepreneur with more than 40 years of experience.

Over the past five years, Dr. Hatcher has been an associate professor of nursing at George Mason University where she teaches courses primarily in health administration and health policy for graduate students. Her health policy teaching efforts have resulted in several innovations, including increased student participation in Washington, DC-area health policy networks and the creation of student-generated health infographics. She currently serves as the coordinator for nursing administration programs in the School of Nursing.

Dr. Hatcher has extensive leadership experience and has served in several key positions, including chief science officer and center director for learning and global public health at the American Public Health Association; secretary general for the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA); office chief, maternal and child health and state maternal & child health director for the District of Columbia. Dr. Hatcher was the first and to date the only nurse, to serve as secretary general of the WFPHA, an international organization of country-level public health associations. Dr. Hatcher is known for her commitment to health equity and social justice and has been on the forefront of cutting-edge changes in nursing since her early years as a nurse. For example, she was among the first nurse practitioners trained in the nation, and as chair of the District of Columbia Board of Nursing led the District of Columbia’s efforts to implement non-restrictive advanced practice nursing regulations. The District of Columbia is among the earliest jurisdictions to provide for the independent practice of advanced nurse practitioners. In 2003, as part of her Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship Leadership Project, she founded the Friends2Friends Project in collaboration with a faith-based organization (FBO) to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS among orphans in Kakamega, Kenya. This project is still in existence and is now part of the major service activities of the Alpha Chapter, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. In 2010, Dr. Hatcher established the Hatcher, DuBois, Odrick Group, LLC, a global consulting firm that provides training and support in analysis and research, program design and implementation, strategic leadership, and organizational effectiveness for nonprofit groups and corporate organizations primarily in developing countries.

Most recently she has been involved in global efforts to advance health and nursing leadership in the areas of social justice, the rule of law, and health diplomacy. She is actively involved in the work of the American Academy of Nursing and its Global Nursing and Health Expert panel. She participates in the panel’s work on health diplomacy and co-authored a white paper and subsequent peer-reviewed article about this work. She also is a representative to the World Justice Project (WJP), an independent, nonprofit organization, founded by the American Bar Association, which develops communities of opportunity and equity by advancing the rule of law worldwide. Dr. Hatcher has been involved with WJP’s initiative, mainstreaming practical, on-the-ground programs.

Dr. Hatcher was a site principal investigator and co-investigator for the NIH-DC Initiative to Decrease Infant Mortality in the District of Columbia. As the principal official for the District of Columbia’s Department of Health, she promoted the development of a collaborative research network between the NICHD, a data coordinating center, three universities, and various primary collaborating sites in the District of Columbia. She participated in developing and implementing a research protocol to assess barriers, motivators, and facilitators of prenatal care. She currently serves on the Technical Expert Panel of Econometrica, Inc. and participates in the monitoring and evaluation of selected health care-wide interventions such as the Affordable Care Act. Over the course of her career, Dr. Hatcher has successfully competed for grant funding totaling more than $85 million.

Dr. Hatcher is actively involved in nursing and health care issues through her participation in several professional and civic organizations. She has served on a variety of nonprofit executive boards and has served at the highest levels in nonprofit and professional organizations at the local, state, regional, and national levels, such as Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research and National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice. She served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., a peer-reviewed journal and continues to serve on its editorial board. She was recently appointed president of the Chi Eta Phi Education Foundation and serves as the chair of the Health Advocacy and Social Policy Committee and treasurer of the Northeast Region of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. She also serves on the Subcommittee on Advanced Practice Nursing Professional Nurse Credentials and Standards, the Standards on Advance Practice Committee of the CGFNS International. She serves on the editorial board of MEDDIC Review, an international journal of Cuban health and medicine; Quality in Primary Care, an international journal; and as a reviewer for Education for Health, the official publication of the global consortium, The Network: Toward Unity for Health and the Nursing Outlook, the official journal of the American Journal of Nursing.

Dr. Hatcher has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Brazier Award for Service to the District of Columbia; Josephine A Dolan Award for Public Service from the University of Connecticut, her undergraduate alma mater; and the Trailblazer Award from the National Black Nurses Association. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and an inductee in the Waterbury (CT) Hall of Fame. She was certified in Nursing Administration Advanced from the American Nurses’ Association Credentialing Center from 1982 to 1997.


  • PhD, Nursing, George Mason University, 1994
  • MPH, Public Health Nursing, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1970
  • BSN, University of Connecticut, 1967