Sara L. Hubbell, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C
DNP Program Coordinator & Clinical Associate Professor

Sara HubbellDr. Sara Hubbell has been a FNP for more than 18 years in a variety of settings including retail health, family practice, urgent care and a mobile clinic serving 2 crisis centers. Dr. Hubbell completed her Psychiatric Mental Health Certificate in 2019 and currently practices in a telehealth setting as a PMHNP with adolescent and young adult patients. She has a passion for unique practice settings that meet patients where they are. 

She earned her DNP from Duke University, her PMHNP Post-Graduate Certificate from ECU, her MSN from UNC Chapel Hill with a Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration and her BSN from UNC Chapel Hill. Her DNP and MSN work focused on spiritual care and how nurses/nurse practitioners incorporate spiritual care into their practice.

Dr. Hubbell's current research interests include resilience, burnout, legislative advocacy, underserved populations, and trauma-related topics. She is passionate about the role of the DNP in practice as a change agent and the way in which Evidence Based Practice impacts the health of communities in North Carolina and beyond. She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and serves as the DNP Program Coordinator. 


  • 2019, Post-Grad Certificate, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, ECU 
  • 2016, DNP, Duke University 
  • 2004, MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, UNC Chapel Hill 
  • 2000, BSN, Nursing, UNC Chapel Hill 

Research Interests: 

  • Resiliency 
  • Spiritual Care 
  • Secondary/Vicarious Trauma 
  • Underserved Populations 
  • Legislative Advocacy 

Community Engagement: 

  • Sigma Theta Tau 
  • North Carolina Nurses Association 
  • American Nurses Association 
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioner 
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty 
  • Christ the King Lutheran Church

View Sara Hubbell's Curriculum Vitae