College of Nursing

Patricia Butterfield

Patricia Butterfield

Dean Emerita and Professor
Patricia Butterfield
Dean Emerita and Professor
SNRS 243
(509) 324-7468
(509) 324-7341
WSU College of Nursing
SNRS 243
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495

Patricia Butterfield is Professor and Dean Emerita at Washington State University College of Nursing. Dr. Butterfield’s experience includes: 1) 5 years at the Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology at Oregon Health & Science University, 2) leadership roles on descriptive, analytic epidemiology, and RCT studies addressing environmental health issues, 3) participation in invited roles at NIH, EPA, and IOM, and 4) serving as the Director of the Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Program at the University of Washington. Dr. Butterfield served on EPA’s Federal Advisory Committee for Children’s Environmental Health and as the Senator Norman A. Patterson Visiting Professor at the Centre for Agricultural Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program. As Dean at Washington State University, Dr. Butterfield guided a transformation of the College’s research culture yielding a commensurate seven fold increase in grant/contract revenue. She served as principal investigator on an R01 addressing a public health nursing intervention aimed at reducing household environmental health risks to rural low-income children. She also served as lead investigator for the Grant County Washington site for the National Children’s Study. She has published in Neurology, Advances in Nursing Science, and the American Journal of Industrial Medicine and her research has been covered by CNN and USA Today. Dr. Butterfield is the author of “Thinking Upstream,” and related publications addressing the economic, ideologic, and environmental antecedents of public health. She has been at Washington State University since 2007; she loves being a public health nurse and loves being a coug.


  • PhD, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Portland, OR
  • MS, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO


Occupational and environmental health, household environmental risk reduction, upstream health determinants


Improving the Health of Low-Income Children Through Housing-Related Environmental Health Actions

Nursing Students’ 1st Entree Into Clinical Rotations: Initial Behaviors Addressing Shift Work, Sleep, and Safe Practice


updated 2/15/16

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