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Associate Professor of Nursing


  • DNP - University of Tennessee for Health Sciences, Memphis, TN Campus (Public Health Nursing), 2006
  • MNSc, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR (Community Health Nursing), 1978
  • BSN - Biola University, La Mirada, CA (Nursing), 1975

Professional Credentials

  • DNP
  • MNSc
  • RN

Teaching Specialties

  • Public health
  • Women's health
  • Human lactation
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Public policy

Research Interests

  • Vulnerable populations
  • Maternal-child health
  • Human lactation
  • Community participatory action research


  • Arkansas Nurses Association
  • American Nurses Association
  • International Lactation Consultant Association
  • Association of Women's Health and Neonatal Nurses
  • Rotary International


Rebecca Matthews has been a member of the ASU faculty since 2006. She served as faculty for 3 years at Harding University and 3 years at UAMS. She worked as a staff nurse, public health nurse, nurse practitioner, and lactation consultant in Tennessee, Arkansas, and California in public and private settings. For 6 years she was executive director of Paces, Inc., a non-profit serving vulnerable young families in Northeast Arkansas. She has obtained $2 million dollars in grant funding for various organizations and serves as consultant to several non-profit organizations. She maintains a private practice in lactation and childbirth education.