Professor, University of Michigan

Dr. Barbara L. Brush is a Professor in the Schools of Nursing and Public Health at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, a Board Member of the Detroit Urban Community-Academic Research Center, past faculty Director of the Public Partners and Community-Based Organization section of the Michigan Institute of Health and Clinical Research, and an Associate Director of the National Clinician Scholars Program. Her research with homeless families in Detroit uses a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach in designing, implementing, and evaluating best practice models to provide needed health and social services and inform health policy decisions that influence resource allocation to this underserved cohort. Current research is testing the use of narrative and life story mapping to facilitate disclosure of intra-personal violence (IPV), known to be highly prevalent in homeless women and to help women recognize and interpret IPV experiences and seek the help needed to improve health and social well-being. She has published extensively in the area of participatory approaches and homeless populations and, between 2016-2018, served on a National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine committee examining evidence linking health and permanent supportive housing (PSH) in persons experiencing homelessness across the country. Dr. Brush is also Co-Principal Investigator of a 5-year NIH-funded study (RO1NR016123-01A1) that is developing and testing an instrument to measure success in long-standing community-academic research partnerships. Dr. Brush received her baccalaureate in nursing from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and her master’s and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

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