Senior Fellow

Margo Carthon, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Associate Professor, Family & Community Health, Penn Nursing
  • Associate Professor, Africana Studies, School of Arts and Sciences

J. Margo Brooks Carthon, PhD, RN, FAAN joined the standing faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in July 2010 and is an Associate Professor and core faculty member in the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research. Her scholarship includes work on nursing outcomes research focused on the relationship between the organization of nursing services and health disparities among vulnerable patient populations. She is among the first to provide evidence that racial disparities in hospital-based outcomes are associated with poor nursing quality. This path-breaking work shows that targeted investments in nursing in minority-serving hospitals have the potential to reduce what have been intractable health disparities in the areas of hospital readmissions, patient satisfaction, and post-surgical mortality.

Dr. Brooks Carthon is equally regarded as a thought leader in the area of nursing workforce diversity. Leveraging years of work locally and nationally in the areas of recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities, Dr. Brooks Carthon has been instrumental in the creation of national policies to address diversity and inclusion in nursing education. She is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholars Program, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and in 2021, she was named the Tyson Family Term Chair in Gerontological Research. Her study findings may be found in interdisciplinary journals including JAMA, BMJ Quality & Safety, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and Medical Care.

Dr. Brooks Carthon received her BSN from North Carolina A & T State University in 1995. She earned her MSN in Psychiatric and Adult Health from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998, and her PhD in Nursing in 2008 from the University of Pennsylvania. Immediately after earning her PhD, she entered a joint Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of History and the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, which she completed in June 2010. 

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