50th Anniversary Celebration

50 Years of Penn State Nursing

Please join us for a special event to mark the closing of our 50th anniversary year!

"Patient-Centered Care: If It Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It"

Debra J. Barksdale, Ph.D., FNP-BC,

Thursday, December 4, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Ruth Pike Auditorium
22 Biobehavioral Health Building
Penn State University Park

Live stream via Adobe Connect

  • Reception with light fare — 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Presentation — 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Post-lecture reception with light dessert — 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Presented by the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence
and the Center for Nursing Research

Debra Barksdale

Debra Barksdale is associate professor and director of the doctor of nursing practice (D.N.P.) program in the School of Nursing at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also one of 19 members appointed to the 21-member Board of Governors for the new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) by the U.S. Government Accountability Office under the Obama administration. She chairs the PCORI Scholarly Publications Committee and is a member of the Communication, Outreach and Engagement Committee.

Dr. Barksdale is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nursing. She was previously a Department of Health and Human Services Primary Health Care Policy Fellow. Currently, she is president of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).

Dr. Barksdale's research focuses on stress and cardiovascular disease in Black Americans. Her study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is titled "Hypertension in Black Americans: Environment, Behavior, and Biology."

Dr. Barksdale is a certified family nurse practitioner (NP), an adult NP, and a nurse educator. She currently practices as a volunteer NP at the Robert Nixon Clinic for the homeless in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her 20 years of NP experience include urgent care, primary care, home care, and care of the underserved.

For more information, contact:

Eva Zeisky (esz3@psu.edu or 814-865-3349)


Kimberly Luxenberger (kas64@psu.edu or 814-863-1048)