Barbara J. Lutz: PhD, RN, CRRN, PHNA-BC, FAHA, FAAN
Professor, McNeill Distinguished Professor

Barbara Lutz, McNeill Distinguished ProfessorDr. Barbara Lutz, McNeill Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington School of Nursing, is a certified rehabilitation nurse and advanced public health nurse. Her program of research focuses on understanding the needs and experiences of patients with stroke and other chronic illnesses and their family caregivers as they move through the continuum of care, from acute care to home. She has received funding from NINR and currently serves as a Co-Investigator on a study exploring the needs of patients with severe acute brain injury and their families. Previously, she served as a Co-Investigator on two PCORI-funded studies including a pragmatic clinical trial testing the effectiveness of a post-acute stroke transitional care model in North Carolina and a randomized controlled trial to test a person-centered, community-based Emergency Department (ED) to Home transitional care intervention developed in partnership with researchers, patients, caregivers and community service providers.

Dr. Lutz is a Past President of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and Past Chair of the American Heart Association (AHA) Cardiovascular Disease in Older Populations Committee. She is a member of an AHA writing group to develop metrics for Post-Acute Stroke care. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and American Heart Association. She currently serves as a member of the NIH National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research Advisory Board and has served as a member of the ANA Care Coordination Quality Measures Steering Committee, ANA Care Coordination Expert Panel, and as a rehabilitation nurse expert on the Joint Commission Technical Advisory Panel for Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification.


  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing, Madison, WI
  • 2000, PhD, Nursing and Population Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1996, MSN, Community Health Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1986, MS, Community Health, Northern Illinois University
  • 1975, BSN, Nursing, University of Iowa

Research Interests:

  • Addressing the Needs of Stroke Survivors and Family Caregivers
  • Transitional Care & Post-Discharge Care Management
  • Family Caregiver Health

Community Engagements:

  • Care Coordination Expert Panel, American Nurses Association
  • Technical Expert Panel, Patient Experiences in Inpatient Rehabilitation, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Research Triangle Institute
  • North Carolina Comprehensive Post-Acute Stroke Services (COMPASS) Study Team
  • Advocacy Ambassador, Stroke Council, American Heart Association
  • Nursing Research Committee, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC

View Barbara Lutz's Curriculum Vitae