Jacqueline Sabrena Barnett
Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health

Dr. Jacqueline Barnett serves as the Division Chief, Division of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies, and Program Director of the Duke PA Program.  She is responsible for leading all aspects of the division and the overall organization, administration, fiscal management, and continuous review and analysis of the PA  program.  Prior to joining the faculty at Duke, she served as faculty at the George Washington University School of Medicine PA Program, where she received the endowed Morton A. Bender Teaching Award. Her clinical practice experiences include pediatrics, urgent care, family medicine, and infectious disease.

Dr. Barnett is a previous National Health Service Corps Scholar with a strong commitment to the medically underserved and populations that have been marginalized and historically excluded.  Her career focus has been to advocate and engage in efforts to improve educational opportunities, healthcare access,  public health and health outcomes for those most at risk.  

She is a national leader in PA education and has been recognized for her leadership and work locally and nationally. 

Current Research Interests

  • The intersection of race and racism and Black female faculty in academia.
  • Racial Bias and disparities in health professional training programs (admissions, curriculum, student outcomes) 
  • Enhanced, blended, and online curriculum pedagogies
  • Diversity in the health professions
  • Physician assistant workforce in rural and underserved communities
  • Implicit Bias and disparities: especially as it relates to health professional education and health care outcomes.  
  • Organizational culture and leadership

Office Hours

By appointment

Current Appointments & Affiliations

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