Matthew McHugh

Professor and Independence Chair for Nursing
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Dr. Matthew D. McHugh is Professor and Independence Chair for Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at Penn. 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. A fundamental goal of Dr. McHugh’s program of 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 and international health policy goals. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar, and was inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. His work has been funded by NINR, NIMHD, NIA, AHRQ, and multiple foundations and international funding bodies. He also directs an NINR funded T32 training program (Advanced Training in Nursing Outcomes Research) at Penn. Dr. McHugh received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, JD from the Northeastern University School of Law, and his ASN/BSN from Gwynedd-Mercy University. Dr. McHugh was a Fulbright Scholar with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe in Denmark, a graduate fellow at the Institute on Urban Health Research at Northeastern University, and a post-doctoral fellow in health outcomes and policy research at the University of Pennsylvania.