Nadine J. Barrett, PhD

Nadine J. Barrett, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine
Duke School of Medicine
Durham, North Carolina

Nadine J. Barrett, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Duke University’s School of Medicine. As a medical sociologist, Dr. Barrett applies over 20 years of health equity and stakeholder engagement expertise across several entities at Duke, locally, regionally and nationally. Dr. Barrett is the inaugural director of the Duke Cancer Institute’s Office of Health Equity where she developed the strategic vision and direction which led to an award-winning health equity infrastructure that includes community facing navigation, a robust platform to facilitate community and stakeholder engagement, and mechanisms and programs to promote diverse participation in clinical research and trials, and diversity in the biomedical research workforce.  Currently she is the associate director of community engagement and stakeholder strategy for the Duke Cancer Institute and the Duke Clinical Translational Science Institute. She is also director of stakeholder engagement for REACH Equity, Duke’s Health Disparities Center of Excellence. 

Currently she is the associate director of community engagement and stakeholder strategy for the Duke Cancer Institute and the Duke Clinical Translational Science Institute. She is also director of stakeholder engagement for REACH Equity, Duke’s Health Disparities Center of Excellence.  Dr. Barrett’s work focuses on advancing health equity across the following interrelated areas: (1) improving access to quality health care and services particularly for underrepresented groups; (2) increasing and diversifying participation in clinical research and trials among traditionally underrepresented and marginalized populations; (3) advancing the science and practice of community and stakeholder engagement in research; and (4), diversifying the biomedical research workforce through pipeline training and programs. She was the principal investigator of an NCI funded program entitled Project PLACE (Population Level Approaches to Cancer Elimination), a community health assessment, engaging a diverse network of community partners to reach over 2300 diverse participants in North Carolina to understand access to care and biomedical research participation. She also developed and implemented an individual and system-level training program titled, “Just Ask: Increasing Diverse Participation in Clinical Research and Trials.”

Prior to joining Duke, Dr. Barrett was director of community programs at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, where she successfully engaged domestic and international affiliates to strategically identify community needs and allocate resources to improve breast cancer outcomes. Dr. Barrett is a member of several national and regional boards and committees including as co-chair of the PCORI Health Disparities and Health Services Research Advisory Panel, the Association of Community Cancer Centers, and the AACR Minorities in Cancer Research Council. She is the recipient of national, regional, and community awards for her work in advancing health equity.