Carol S. Brewer, PhD, RN, FAAN, UB Distinguished Professor

Carol Brewer, PhD, RN, FAAN is a UB Distinguished Professor Emerita of Nursing at the School of Nursing University at Buffalo. Brewer conducts research that examines RN workforce participation decisions. She is currently funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a 10-year national panel study of early career RNs (see She has been funded by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to examine RN perceptions of quality improvement knowledge, the Health Resources and Services Administration as a senior analyst for the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to examine longitudinal workforce behavior of RNs in Metropolitan Statistical Areas.

Dr Carol BrewerBrewer also is the Director of Nursing for the New York State Area Health Education System Statewide Office. She conducts workforce analyses, and develops NYS AHEC System nursing policy, and nursing and health care workforce development programs. She serves as the Steering Committee Chair for the Institute for Nursing, the New York State nursing workforce center, and is a member of the NYS Action Coalition Steering Committee to implement the IOM Future of Nursing report. She also serves on the National Advisory Council for Nursing Education Programs (NACNEP). She served on AHRQ’s Health Systems Research Study Section, and was a founding member and chairperson of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues Interest Group of AcademyHealth.

She earned her PhD in Nursing Systems and a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Michigan, as well as a Master’s in Nursing from the University of Tennessee. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurses, and was awarded the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, the New York Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award from the New York State Nursing Association, and the UB Exceptional Scholar Sustained Achievement Award.

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