Dr. Trotter teaches and is the course coordinator for the Sexual and Reproductive Health course for all NP students. She also supports students in the Directed Research course in the MSN program. 50% of her time is clinical practice as a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner in the Duke University Medical Center. She is the lead clinician and developer of the innovative breast cancer survivor clinic at Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center.
She received a BSN from George Mason University in 1982, and earned the MSN with a specialty in midwifery at the University of Kentucky in 1988. In 1998, she completed a Post-Master’s Certificate in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty at the Duke University School of Nursing. She earned her DNP from Duke University School of Nursing in 2012. Before joining the faculty of the Duke University School of Nursing, she held faculty positions with physician resident education in the Department of Family Medicine within the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Medical School and was a full-time primary care provider. She initiated the CenteringPregnancy program at UNC Family Medicine and later assisted in development of the CenteringParenting model at the Centering Healthcare Institute.
Kathy Trotter is a strong clinician with interests in women’s health and families. Her current research focuses on application of group health care models to prenatal care, parenting, and chronic illnesses (particularly breast cancer survivors).