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.

Boucher NA, Tucker MC, White BS, Ear B, Dubey M, Byrd KG, et al. Frontline Clinician Appraisement of Research Engagement: "I feel out of touch with research". J Gen Intern Med. 2023 Sep;38(12):2671–7.

Sperber NR, Boucher N, Hughes JM, Bruening R, Zullig LL, Decosimo K, et al. Mandated Caregiver Training in the Veterans Health Administration: Caregiver Inquiry Informs National Dissemination. Gerontologist. 2023 Mar 21;63(3):534–44.

Sperber N, Delgado R, Barrett R, Boucher N, Christensen L, McKenna K, et al. Training Health Care Practitioners to Include Family Caregivers With Web-Based Learning Modules. Perm J. 2023 Mar 15;27(1):28–35.