Barbara L. Brush, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN

Barbara Brush

Associate Director, National Clinician Scholars Program (IHPI)
Professor, School of Public Health
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 4148 NURS2

University of Michigan School of Nursing
426 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2003

Telephone: (734) 763-3218
Fax: (734) 763-0681
Barbara Brush is accepting new PhD students.


  • Community-based participatory research (CBPR)
  • Health disparities
  • Family homelessness
  • Best practice models
  • Nurse workforce

Dr. Brush’s research focuses on social factors that contribute to health, with a particular focus on how they contribute to health disparities and health inequalities in urban populations. A majority of Dr. Brush’s research is conducted with partners in Detroit, using a community-based participatory research approach. She has been working with Detroit partners over the past decade to understand and address factors that contribute to housing instability and homeless in African American families. Recent work, with investigators at Henry Ford Hospital and  community partners aims to increase Black participation in cancer clinical trials to improve health outcomes. Dr. Brush also examines important issues in nurse workforce development and capacity building and is a leading expert on international nurse migration.

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • Measurement Approaches to Partnership Success (MAPS): An Innovative Tool for Assessing Long-Standing CBPR Partnerships. (Co-PI: RO1/NINR), 2016-2022.
  • Community-Based Participatory Research; Extending the Use of Innovative Methodoloties in the Behavior and Social Sciences (Co-I: R25/NIEHS). 2020-2024.
  • Participatory Action for Access to Clinical Trials (PAACT). (Co-PI: Genentech), 2021-2022.


Dr. Brush’s emphasis on critical thinking and the development and use of evidence to enhance care quality and safety extends across all levels of the educational spectrum. At the doctoral level, Dr. Brush has taught several core courses and advises doctoral and post-doctoral students in nursing and other disciplines in their research interests. A practicing nurse practitioner for over 40 years, Dr. Brush also oversees students in their clinical practica and precepts students in primary care. She also supervises undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students across health disciplines in community-based research activities. Dr. Brush received the Mae Edna Doyle Teacher of the Year Award in 2010.

Affiliations / Service

  • Nurse Practitioner, Hope Medical Clinic, Inc., Ypsilanti, MI, 2008-present
  • • Associate Director, National Clinician Scholars Program, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovative, 2020-present.
  • Grants Reviewer, National Library of Medicine Study Section, 2010-present
  • Board Member, The Detroit Urban Community-Academic Research Center, 2014-present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 1999
  • Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award, Sigma Theta Tau, 2007
  • Mae Edna Doyle Teacher of the Year, University of Michigan School of Nursing, 2010


  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1994
  • MSN, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1982
  • BSN, Southeastern Massachusetts University, North Dartmouth, MA, 1979

Publication Highlights

  • LaChance, L., Coombe, C., Brush, B.L., Lee, D.S.Y., Jensen, M., Taffe, B., Bhardwaj, P., Muhammed, M., Wilson-Powers, E., Rowe, Z., Caldwell, C., & Israel, B, (2020). Understanding the benefit-cost relationship in longstanding community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnerships: Findings from the Measurement Approaches to Partnership Success (MAPS) Study. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 1-24. DOI: 10.1/77/0021886320972193.

  • Wagner, L.M., Brush, B.L., Castle, N.G., Engberg, J.B., & Capezuti, E.A. (2020).  Nursing home patient safety culture perceptions among U.S. and immigrant nurses. Journal of Patient Safety, 16(3), 238-244. DOI: 10.1097/PTS.0000000000000271

  • Coombe, C.M., Chandanabhumma, P., Bhardwaj, P., Brush, B.L., Greene-Moton, E., Jensen, M., LaChance, L., Lee, D.S.Y., Meisenheimer, M., Minkler, M., Muhammad, M., Reyes, A.G., Rowe,  Z., Wilson-Powers, E., & Israel, B.A. (2020). A participatory mixed methods approach to define and measure partnership synergy in longstanding equity focused CBPR partnerships. American Journal of Community Psychology, 66 (3-4), 427-438. 

  • Israel, B.A., LaChance, L., Coombs, C., Lee, D.S.Y., Jensen, M., Wilson-Powers, E., Mentz, G., Muhammad, M., Rowe, Z., Reyes, A., & Brush, B.L. (2020) Measurement approaches to partnership success: Theory and methods for measuring success in long-standing CBPR partnerships. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 14,1 (Spring): 129-140.  

  • Brush, B.L., Mentz, G., Jensen, M., Jacobs, B., Saylor, K., Israel, B.A., Rowe, Z., & LaChance, L. (2020). Success inlong-standing community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnerships: A scoping literature review. Health Education and Behavior, 47(3), 556-568. DOI: 10.1177/109019811988298971.

  • Gultekin, L., Brush, B.L., Ginier, E., Cordom, A., & Dowdell, E. (2019). Health risks and outcomes of homelessness in school-age children: A scoping review of the literature. The Journal of School Nursing, 36(1): 10-18. DOI: 10.1177/1059840519875182.

  • Wagner, L., Singleton, B., Diaz, M., Spetz, J., & Brush, B.L. (2018). Foreign nurses’ experiences and perceptions of geriatric care in nursing homes. Innovations in Aging, 2(S1): 73-77. DOI: 10.1093/geroni/igy023.2861.

  • Capezuti, E.A., & Brush, B.L. (2018). Geriatric care models revisited as age friendly health care. Geriatric Nursing, 39(6): 714-15.

  • Brush, B.L., Gultekin, L., Dowdell, E., Saint Arnault, D., & Satterfield, K. (2018). Understanding trauma normativeness, normalization, and help seeking in homeless mothers. Violence  Against Women, 24(3): 1523-1539.

  • Gultekin, L., & Brush, B.L. (2017). In their own words: Exploring family pathways to housing instability. Journal of Family Nursing, 23(1): 90-115.

  • Wagner, L., Brush, B.L., & Capezuti, E.A. (2016). Impact of international nurses on quality and patient safety outcomes in U.S. nursing homes. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72(1): 25.

  • Brush, B.L., Gultekin, L., & Grim, E. (2016). The data dilemma in family homelessness. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, 27, 1046-1052.

  • Bumpus, S., Brush, B.L., Wheeler, J., Pressler, S., Eagle, K., & Rubenfire, M. (2016). Cost analysis of an advanced practice registered nurse transitional care model for cardiac patient. Nursing Economics, 34(5): 236-241, 254.

  • Baiardi, J.M., Gultekin, L., & Brush, B.L. (2015). Using sociograms to enhance power and voice in focus groups. Public Health Nursing, 32(5): 584-91.

  • Grim, E., Gultekin, L., & Brush, B.L. (2015). Do policies aimed toward the homeless help families? The Detroit experience. Journal of Policy Practice, 14(1): 1-13.