Kathryn J. Trotter, DNP, CNM, FNP-C, FAANP, FAAN

Dr. Trotter is the lead faculty for the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner major. She teaches in the advanced women’s health courses as well as the basic perinatal health course and gynecology content within other courses for all NP students. 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 senior NP for the benign breast clinic as well as a high-risk breast cancer clinic at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 2008, she adapted a shared medical appointment model to develop an innovative breast cancer survivor clinic there also.

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. She has been a consultant to numerous practice sites for the Centering model of care.

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).

Academic Program Affiliations
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing Program
  • DNP - Duke University School of Nursing
  • MSN - University of Kentucky at Lexington
  • BSN - George Mason University
Research Interests
Group Health Care Models
Breast Cancer Survivorship Care
Students and Residents’ Experiences in Group Healthcare Models
Self Care, Empowerment of Patients
Women’s Health
Clinician Education
Awards and Honors
  • 2015 || Fellow, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • 2015 || 2016 Excellence in Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Award, Oncology Nursing Society
  • 2014 || Selected for Experienced Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy of Sigma Theta Tau International
  • 2013 || Chapter Innovation Award, Beta Epsilon Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • 2012 || Susan Baird Excellence in Clinical Writing Award, Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)
  • 2011 || Interviewed in CJONPlus Podcast Series, Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
  • 1995 || Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina Award
  • 1986 || Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Honor Society
Representative Publications
  • 2007 -- Trotter, K. J. Group Prenatal Care: CenteringPregnancy. 2007 127-129.
  • 2004 -- Trotter, K. J. and Sterling, L. and Strickland, C. and Chetwynd, E. Big ideas to help your practice thrive: Put eight pregnant women in the same room. Family Practice Management. September, 2004 11(8); 27-34.
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 21444277 -- Trotter, K. and Frazier, A. and Hendricks, C. K. and Scarsella, H. Innovation in survivor care: Group visits. (CJONPlus featured Journal Club article). Clin J Oncol Nurs. April, 2011 15(2); E24-33.
  • 2011 -- Trotter, K. (interviewed by Hooker. M.) CJONPlus Podcast Series: “Innovation in Survivor Care: Group Visits”. URL: http://www.ons.org/Publications/CJON/Features/CJONPlus. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing CJONPlus Podcast Series. April, 2011 .
  • 2008 -- PubMed # : 18825863 -- Nusbaum, M. R. and Frasier, P. Y. and Rojas, F. and Trotter, K. and Tudor, G. Sexual orientation and sexual health care needs: a comparison of women beneficiaries in outpatient military health care settings. J Homosex. 54(3); 259-76.
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 23598561 -- Trotter, K. J. The promise of group medical visits. Nurse Pract. May, 2013 38(5); 48-53.
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 25032022 -- Trotter, K. and Schneider, S. M. and Turner, B. S. Group appointments in a breast cancer survivorship clinic. J Adv Pract Oncol. November, 2013 4(6); 423-31.
Grant Funding (Selected)
  • A Woman's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) program at Duke University School of Nursing
    Health Resources and Service Administration
    D09 HP26962
    07/2014 to 06/2016
    Role: PI/Project Director
    Project Goal: Establish a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program at the Duke University School of Nursing.
  • Duke University School of Nursing Teaching Fellow
    Duke University School of Nursing Institute for Educational Excellence
    08/2012 to 08/2013
    Role: PI and Teaching Fellow
    To Investigate effective design and implementation of discussion forums in nursing education, primarily at the graduate level, in consultation with mentor Dr. Rita Conrad.
  • Evaluation of CenteringPregnancy program at UNC Family Practice Center
    UNC Department of Family Medicine
    05/2005 to 08/2005
    Role: Co-PI
    Project Goal: analyze the written evaluations of participants in the CenteringPregnancy program from 4/2003-06/30/2005 at the UNC Family Practice Center
  • Better Beginnings
    UNC Department of Family Medicine
    #03-FAM/MED 717
    02/2004 to 07/2006
    Role: PI
    Project Goal: To learn more about features of the care women receive during pregnancies that are most helpful to them during their pregnancy and following the delivery of their baby.
  • CenteringPregnancy: A Pilot Program at the UNC Family Practice Center
    March of Dimes
    02/2003 to 01/2005
    Role: PI
    Project Goal: To initiate the model of group prenatal care called CenteringPregnancy at an academic family practice clinic
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