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

Barbara Lutz, McNeill Distinguished ProfessorDr. Barbara Lutz joined the faculty as the McNeill Distinguished Professor from the University of Florida College of Nursing. Certified as a rehabilitation nurse and an advanced public health nurse, Lutz received her BSN from the University of Iowa, her MS in community health from Northern Illinois University, and MSN and Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lutz has more than 30 years of experience as a public health, home health, and rehabilitation nurse. Actively involved in national professional organizations, she is on the Board of Directors of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and is past chair of the Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation. She is immediate past-chair of the Stroke Nursing Committee and current member of the Nursing and Rehab Professionals and Stroke Manuscript Oversight Review committees of the American Heart Association.

Lutz is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, National Academies of Practice and American Academy of Nursing. Her research focuses on interventions to assist persons with chronic disabling conditions, such as stroke and their family caregivers as they transition home from inpatient rehabilitation.


  • 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