Barbara L. Wilson, PhD, RNC-BC portrait
  • Associate Professor, College Of Nursing

Research Summary

Current research interests include birth outcomes; health care delivery systems; human factors engineering; error prevention in patient care; nursing shortages; and gender wage disparities.


  • Associate Degree, Nursing, WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY
  • Bachelor of Science , Nursing, UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
  • Master of Science , Nursing, BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
  • PhD, Nursing: Health Care Systems, University of Arizona College of Nursing . Project: The Influence of Hospitals, Providers, and Patients in Birth Outcomes following Induction of Labor


Dr. Barbara Wilson is the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and has recently been appointed Interim Dean.  Prior to joining the University of Utah, Dr. Wilson was a nursing professor at Arizona State University, and a nurse research consultant for six years.  She has held a number of positions that include staff nurse, charge nurse, head nurse, director, and ultimately a service line administrator for women's and newborn services at Intermountain Healthcare.

In addition to her administrative roles, she enjoys working with practicing clinicians to translate evidence into practice and conducting patient-centered outcomes research.  Her current research, funded through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, seeks to examine the impact of labor and delivery nurse staffing patterns on adverse maternal and newborn outcomes.  Dr. Wilson also has an interest in healthcare workforce research, notably nursing shortages and gender wage disparities, as well as human factors engineering, and patient safety.

Career Highlights

Interim Dean, University of Utah College of Nursing: August 2018 - August 2020

Associate Dean for Academic Programs, University of Utah College of Nursing: August 2012 - July 2020

Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the Center for Improving Health Outcomes in Children, Teens & Families (CIHO-CTF), Arizona State University (ASU) College of Nursing and Health Innovation: January 2005 - July 2012

Adjunct Faculty, Center for Health Information and Research [CHiR], ASU School of Biomedical Informatics: 2007 - 2012

Nurse Research Consultant, DignityHealth, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center: 2009-2013

Director of Maternal Child Health, Chandler Regional Medical Center: March 2003 - December 2004

Women's and Newborn Services, Intermountain Healthcare: 1978 - 2003 (Urban Central Region Service Line Administrator 1990 - 1998)