Barbara Richardson
Director, Riverpoint Interprofessional Education & Research 509-324-7230 SNRS 245 PO BOX 1495

Barbara  Richardson currently serves as the Director of Interprofessional Education and Research (RIPER) at Washington State University.  Her clinical background is in pediatric intensive care nursing with special interests in health care ethics and research related to the effects of insufficient sleep in youth. She has taught pediatric nursing in the baccalaureate programs at Seattle University and the University of Washington. She has extensive experience serving on non-profit boards, facilitating leadership training programs, and has been influential in K-12 education policy development as an elected school board member for Spokane Public Schools. Barb organizes and facilitates the interprofessional Health Care Team Challenge and Community Action Poverty Simulations for students attending the University of Washington, WSU, and Eastern Washington University on the Riverpoint campus in Spokane, WA. She currently collaborates with colleagues from these three universities to create and implement interprofessional learning opportunities for students across 11 health professions programs.


  • PhD, Washington State University, Spokane, WA
  • MN, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • BS, University of Colorado, Denver, CO


Interprofessional education and collaborative practice, child and adolescent health, sleep, health care ethics


  • Society for Simulation in Healthcare, 2011-2012
  • Western Institute of Nursing, 2009-2012
  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, 2009-2012
  • Sleep Research Society, 2008-2012
  • Washington State School Directors Association, 2001-2007
  • Leadership Spokane, 1992-2012
  • Sigma Theta Tau, National Nursing Honor Society, 1977-2012


  • Inland Northwest Health Sciences Symposium “Emerging Scholars” winner, 2010
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital Scholarship to attend pediatric bioethics conference, 2009
  • Touchmark Foundation Scholarship, 2008
  • Dorothy Detlor Graduate Nursing Scholarship, 2008
  • YWCA of Spokane Professional Woman of Achievement Award, 2006
  • National Community Leadership Association Distinguished Leadership Award, 2002


April, 2010 Dissertation, “Alleviating Chronic Sleep Debt in Early Adolescence; Can
a School Based Intervention Make a Difference?”

Bindler, R., Richardson, B., Daratha, K., & Wordell, D. (2010). Interdisciplinary health
science research collaboration: strengths, challenges, and case example. Applied Nursing
Research. Article in press. Available online at