Senior Fellow

Matthew McHugh, PhD, RN

  • The Independence Chair for Nursing Education, Penn Nursing
  • Director, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, Penn Nursing
  • Faculty Director, Nursing and Health Care Management Coordinated Dual Degree Program, Penn Nursing

Matthew D. McHugh, PhD, RN is a Professor of Nursing and the Independence Chair for Nursing Education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Dr. McHugh is the Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR) at Penn Nursing where he conducts highly visible studies that draw on his expertise in nursing, law, public health, and health services research to evaluate how nursing can be a force for quality, equity, and innovation in health services. A fundamental goal of Dr. McHugh’s research is to bring evidence to bear upon the health system, law, and policy reforms needed to facilitate effective nursing practice and achieve the best patient outcomes, health equity, clinician well-being, and important national/international health policy goals. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar. His work has been funded by AHRQ, NINR, NIMHD, NIA, and multiple foundations and international funding bodies.

He received his PhD from Penn, a Master of Public Health from Harvard, a JD from the Northeastern University School of Law, and ASN/BSN from Gwynedd-Mercy University. Dr. McHugh was a Fulbright Scholar with the World Health Organization (WHO), a graduate fellow at the Institute on Urban Health Research at Northeastern University, and a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research at Penn.

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