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Debra Huffman Brandon

Professor in the School of Nursing
School of Nursing
Box 3322, 307 Trent Drive, School of Nursing, Durham, NC 27710
School of Nursing Room 3077A, Pearson Building, Durham, NC 27710
Office hours By Appointment  


Debra Brandon, Associate Professor joined the faculty of the Duke University School of Nursing in 1999. She was Director of the PhD Program in Nursing from from July of 2011 until January 30th of 2018.  She also practiced as a Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Intensive Care Nursery of Duke University Medical Center from 1993 to 2012. Dr. Brandon is an active member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), the International Society for Infant Studies ISIS), and is a Co-editor in Chief for the journal Advances in Neonatal Care.  Dr. Brandon’s research focuses on understanding the impact of the environment of care on the health and development of high-risk infants and young children with an overall goal of implementing interventions to improve the short- and long-term outcomes of both the infants and their families.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor in the School of Nursing · 2024 - Present School of Nursing
Associate Professor of Pediatrics · 2007 - Present Pediatrics, Clinical Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 2000 Ph.D.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 1981 M.S.N.