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 Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy and 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.

Petry SE, Lara L, Boucher NA. Older Caregivers: Who They Are and How to Support Them. Journal of Aging & Social Policy. 2022 Mar 15;1–14.

Boucher NA, Shapiro A, Van Houtven CH, Steinhauser KE, Allen KD, Johnson KS. Needs of care partners of older Veterans with serious illness. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2022 Feb 28;

Cross SH, Ramkalawan JR, Ring JF, Boucher NA. "That Little Bit of Time": Transition-to-Hospice Perspectives From Hospice Staff and Bereaved Family. Innovation in Aging. 2022 Jan 18;6(1):igab057.