Nadine Barrett

Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health
Nadine Barrett
Nadine Barrett


Dr. Nadine J. Barrett is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Duke University. She currently hold senior leadership roles as CTSI Co-Director for Equity and Stakeholder Strategy and the Inaugural Director of The Center for Equity in Research in the Duke Clinical Translational Science Institute, and Associate Director for Equity and Stakeholder Strategy, Duke Cancer Institute. A medical sociologist by training, Dr. Barrett is a health disparities researcher, expert equity strategist, and a nationally-recognized leader in facilitating community/stakeholder and academic partnerships to advance health equity. She develops training and innovative methods to address implicit bias and structural and systemic racism that limits diverse participation in biomedical research and access to care. Her goals are to integrate diverse stakeholder engagement in the research process and healthcare systems, enhance enrollment and retention of underrepresented groups in biomedical research, increase diversity in the research workforce, and advance health equity. Prior to her current role, Dr. Barrett was the inaugural director of the Duke Cancer Institute's  Office of Health Equity, where for eight years she led a team to create a nationally awarded community engagement model to advance health equity, through patient navigation, nationally funded pipeline training programs for underrepresented race and ethnic groups, and authentic community partnerships to inform and drive research and quality healthcare as advisors, experts, and participants. Her leadership in both nonprofit and academia spans local, national, and international partnerships to better serve and engage historically marginalized and underserved populations.


Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health in the School of Medicine

2023 School of Medicine

Member of the Duke Cancer Institute in the School of Medicine

2015 School of Medicine


Ph.D. 2005

2005 Texas Woman's University

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