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Natasha Greene Leathers

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Natasha Greene Leathers, Ph.D., FNP, BC, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at North Carolina Central University. She received her B.S. in Nursing from Old Dominion University and an M.S.N. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She began her career as a registered nurse at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital before becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner practicing in health departments, community health centers, nursing homes, multi-specialty private practices and correctional facilities. She has served as the Principal Investigator for several community health projects focused on diseases such as HIV/STI transmission and diabetes. Greene Leathers has received numerous honors and awards from the Southern Nurses Research Society, American Association of Cancer Research, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, the National Human Genome Research Institute and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health. Greene Leathers currently practices as an occupational health Family Nurse Practitioner and serves as the Director of the Community Engagement Core and Principal Investigator for the Diabetes Family Project, which is a family-focused diabetes self-management education intervention for rural African Americans with Type 2 Diabetes (funded by NIH/NIMHD). She is an active member of multiple professional organizations and serves on Durham Regional Hospital's Outpatient Nutrition and Diabetes Education Center's Advisory Board and the Institutional Review Board for North Carolina Central University. In all, Greene Leathers has consistently maintained her focus on changing health care in underserved communities and educating African-American families to better manage health care and disease.

Research Interests

Diabetes and cardiovascular disease management, behavioral medicine, diabetes education, health disparities, family-based interventions, community-based participatory research, rural health, health disparities, mixed methodologies, recruitment and retention of African American populations, and diabetes peripheral neuropathy


MSN University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1900
PhD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1900
BS Old Dominion University 1900
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