Barbara Wilson, PhD, RNC-BC portrait
  • Associate Dean for Academic Programs, College Of Nursing
  • Associate Professor, College Of Nursing

Research Summary

Current research interests include birth outcomes; health care delivery systems; and patient safety


  • 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


Barbara L. Wilson, PhD, RNC, is an associate professor and the Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the University of Utah College of Nursing. In the Associate Dean role, she provides academic leadership in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of all degree programs of study at the College of Nursing.  

Dr. Wilson’s background includes many years in the acute-care setting where she assumed various clinical and administrative roles, primarily in women’s and newborn services. Her research interests are focused on healthcare services, evaluating the influence of providers, hospitals, and the care delivery system on patient outcomes; and on the use of Human Factors Engineering (HFE) in reducing clinical errors and promoting patient safety.  As a nurse research consultant for 6 years, Dr. Wilson also assisted in translating evidence into practice by implementing evidence-based practice (EBP) and nursing research ‘at the bedside’ for and with practicing clinicians.

Dr. Wilson is a data panel member for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) postpartum hemorrhage project and a member of numerous professional organizations, including Utah Organization of Nurse Leaders, Academic Leadership Council; Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Western Institute of Nursing (WIN), and the Utah and American Nurses Association (UNA / ANA). 

Career Highlights

Associate Dean of Academic Programs: University of Utah College of Nursing:   August 2012 - present

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 [W & NB]: Intermountain Health Care, Urban Central Region:   1978 - 2003 (various positions; Urban Central Region W & NB Nursing Administrator from 1990 - 1998)