Matthew D. McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH, CRNP, RN, FAAN is the Independence Chair for Nursing Education, Professor of Nursing, and Associate Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. He is also a 2011 RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar and an LDI Senior Fellow. He is a family nurse practitioner and psychiatric-mental health clinical nurse specialist whose work evaluates how nursing can be a force for quality, equity, and innovation in health services. He received his ASN and BSN in nursing from Gwynedd-Mercy College, his MSN and PhD in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, and JD from the Northeastern University School of Law. Dr. McHugh was a Fulbright Scholar with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe in Denmark. He completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in nursing outcomes research at the University of Pennsylvania.