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Desi Michele Newberry

Associate Clinical Professor in the School of Nursing
School of Nursing
School of Nursing, Room 2039, Durham, NC 27710
School of Nursing, Box 3322, Durham, NC 27710


Dr. Desi Newberry is an associate professor at the Duke University School of Nursing. She is the lead faculty for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program. Dr. Newberry is a board certified NNP with 20 years of experience. 

Dr. Newberry graduated from Duke University with her DNP in 2012, having previously earned her MSN from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her BSN from Michigan State University. 

Outside the classroom, Dr. Newberry contributes to both nursing publications and nursing associations. She has authored and co-authored two book chapters and over 30 articles in peer-reviewed, national neonatal nursing journals.  She also serves as a section editor for the neonatal nursing journal Advances in Neonatal Care.

Her research currently focuses on diversity of NNP faculty and students. An increase in faculty diversity has the potential to increase diverse nursing student recruitment and retention, increase cultural competence, and decrease implicit bias.This could potentially expand diversity in the nursing workforce, resulting in improved outcomes for neonates in the NICU.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Clinical Professor in the School of Nursing · 2022 - Present School of Nursing

Education, Training & Certifications

Duke University · 2012 D.N.P.