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Kamila Barnes, DNP, MS, BS

Assistant Professor of Nursing

DNP, University of RochesterMS, University of RochesterBS, Binghamton University


Dr. Barnes is a dynamic and compassionate Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner dedicated to ending racial and ethnic health disparities.  She has spent her entire nursing career servicing underserved and minority communities.  She received the Sojourner Truth Award in 2015 for her leadership and clinical work that aligns with the lifelong legacy, mission, and vision of the late Sojourner Truth.  Dr. Barnes has a passion for working with adolescents and young adults as she understands the importance of intervening early in an individual’s health and life trajectory to prevent the morbidity and mortality of medical conditions that are prevalent in the United States.  She has an extensive knowledge about maternal-child health disparities and continues her scholarly and community service work to improve the lives of women and children.  She is the author of a peer reviewed article “Psychosocial Support for Teen Mothers” which describes the health disparities teens experience and her DNP project that supported healthy decision making and self-efficacy of teen mothers in an urban community.  Dr. Barnes is committed to educating the future RNs and APRNs, as well as provide contiuing education to health care providers encompassing a holistic and patient/family centered approach to providing health care to patients. 


DNP, Family Health, Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, QI, Translational Research


(2014) Barnes, K. Psychosocial Support for Teen Mothers. JOCEPS, 57(1), 5-10.

Lectures and Presentations

Barnes, K. Pre-Participation Physical: Nuts and Bolts. New York School Based Health Alliance (NYSBHA) Conference. Syracuse, NY (October 2019)

Barnes, K. Opioid Use Epidemic in Communities of Color. National Black Nurses Association National Convention. New Orleans, Louisiana (July 2019)

Barnes, K. Family Planning for Adolescents. National Black Nurses Association National Convention. St. Louis, Missouri (August 2018)

Barnes, K. Psychosocial Support for Teen Mothers. Northeast Regional Nursing Conference. Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. Dover, Delaware (April 2015)

Barnes, K. Supporting Teen Mother’s Healthy Decision-Making. Montefiore Annual Research Symposium. Bronx, NY (September 2014)

Barnes, K. Care of Adolescent-Headed Families. Jamaica Hospital Family Medicine Grand Rounds. Jamaica, NY (February 2014)

Barnes, K. Supporting Teen Mother’s Healthy Decision-Making. Sigma Theta Tau, International Biennial Convention Poster Presentation, ‘Rising Stars’. Indianapolis, IN (November 2013)

Barnes, K. & Beharry, M. Adolescent Contraception. LEAH Fellowship Didactic. Rochester, NY (April 2012).

Barnes, K. Fostering Self-Efficacy and Resilience Among Adolescent Mothers through Motivational Interviewing. LEAH/AMCHP Conference. Washington D.C. (February 2012).


  • Under 40 Award (2018)
  • Sojourner Truth Award, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club (2015)
  • George Spencer Terry, Jr. Endowed Award/Scholarship, University of Rochester (2011)
  • Shirley Foy Scholarship, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. (2009)
  • Mary E. Mahoney Leadership & Service Award- Nursing, Binghamton University (2007)


  • National Black Nurses Association, Inc. (Greater NYC – BNA Chapter, Inc.)
  • NYS Coalition for School-Based Health Centers, Inc                       
  • NY Regional Chapter SAHM                                                            
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Sigma Theta Tau International