Assistant Professor

Erin Athey, DNP, FNP-BC, RN, FAANP, is faculty at the George Washington School of Nursing and a family nurse practitioner who has specialized in HIV/AIDS for the last 15 years in the District of Columbia. For the last decade, Dr. Athey has been working in Ward 8 of Washington DC as a clinician, educator and community-engaged scholar in an effort to improve health outcomes for those who are under-resourced and disenfranchised.  

Realizing that so much of health happens outside of the clinic walls, Dr Athey’s experiences as a clinician have led her to develop several innovative community-based initiatives that focus on improving health literacy and bringing healthcare out into the community.  These programs include the Mental Health Improvement through Studying, Teaching, Rebranding, Embedded Education and Technology (MHI-STREET) initiative, which used barbershops in Southeast, DC to promote mental health literacy in African American men and the MHI-STREET Youth initiative which is currently training youth to develop and deliver culturally tailored, mental health education to other youth.  She also has been active in revivifying United Medical Center’s mobile health programs and has forged a new partnership with the DC Housing Authority to provide clinical services and health education to residents in public housing. 

She has strong connections to both the Rodham Institute and the Nashman Center for Civic Engagement, both GW-based institutions that are committed to using university resources to address health disparities and inequities in Washington, DC.

Dr. Athey has also been featured on as an NP role model improving the lives of vulnerable populations. Check out the article NPs to Admire: 10 Role Models Improving the Lives of Vulnerable Populations.

  • Community Engaged Researcher by GW's Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service (2020)
  • President — Greater Washington, D.C., Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (2016 – Present)
  • Clinical Scholars Fellowship — Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2016 – 2019)
  • MHI-STREET: Mental Health Improvement — Screening, Training, Referring, Engaging, Empowering and Treating, Washington, D.C.
  • University of Virginia, Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • George Mason University, Master of Science in Nursing
  • Florida State University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Yeagley, E. K., Kulbok, P. A., O'Laughlen, M. C., Ingersoll, K. S., Rovnyak, V. G., & Rana, S. (2012). The feasibility and acceptability of a motivational interviewing intervention for HIV-infected youth in an urban outpatient clinic: A pilot study. The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: JANAC, 23(4), 366.
  • Athey, E. (2014). The Quest for an Effective Adherence Intervention: A DOT-cART Case Study. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 25(6), 682-686.
  • El-Banna, M. M., Briggs, L. A., Leslie, M. S., Athey, E. K., Pericak, A., Falk, N. L., & Greene, J. (2015). Does Prior RN Clinical Experience Predict Academic Success in Graduate Nurse Practitioner Programs? The Journal of Nursing Education, 54(5), 276-280.
  • Athey, E.K., Leslie, M., Briggs, L., Park, J., Falk, N., Pericak, A., El-Banna, M. & Greene, J. (2015). How important are autonomy and work setting to nurse practitioners’ job satisfaction? Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 15 (1). doi:10.1002/2327-6924.12292
  • Park, J., Athey, E., Pericak, A., Pulcini, J., & Greene, J. (2016). To What Extent Are State Scope of Practice Laws Related to Nurse Practitioners’ Day-to-Day Practice Autonomy?. Medical Care Research and Review, 1077558716677826.