Nathan Boucher DrPH

Nathan Boucher

Core Faculty

Nathan Boucher, DrPH


DrPH, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center

MPA, Baruch College

MS, Northeastern University

Nathan is a Research Health Scientist at Durham VA Health Services Research & Development and Senior Fellow at the Duke Center for the Study of Aging & Human Development. Nathan is Associate Research Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, faculty in the School of Medicine (Geriatric Medicine and Population Health Sciences), and Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy Core Faculty. His research focuses on assessing patients’ and care partners’ experiences and expectations of health care delivery during advanced illness and near the end of life using qualitative and mixed methods. He has over 25 years of experience in clinical medicine, health care administration, health professions education, hospice and palliative care quality improvement, and community-based research roles. Nathan works on lay navigator interventions targeting care partners’ social and practical needs as they engage in their complex roles as care partners of care recipients with advanced-stage illness. Nathan also conducts research related to US long-term services and supports for older adults and how care partners are integrated and supported in this complex, (non)system of care.

Dawson WD, Boucher NA, Stone R, VAN Houtven CH. COVID-19: The Time for Collaboration Between Long-Term Services and Supports, Health Care Systems, and Public Health Is Now. The Milbank Quarterly. 2021 Jun;99(2):565–94.

Boucher NA, Zullig LL, Shepherd-Banigan M, Decosimo KP, Dadolf J, Choate A, et al. Replicating an effective VA program to train and support family caregivers: a hybrid type III effectiveness-implementation design. Bmc Health Serv Res. 2021 May 6;21(1):430.

Cardoso LJ, Gassman-Pines A, Boucher NA. Insurance Barriers, Gendering, and Access: Interviews with Central North Carolinian Women About Their Health Care Experiences. The Permanente Journal. 2021 May;25.