Arnold Brian (Butch) de Castro

Butch de Castro, PhD, MSN/MPH, RN 
Associate Professor

Dr. de Castro has been with the UW Bothell School of Nursing & Health Studies since 2013. Prior to this, he was as a faculty member at the UW Seattle School of Nursing, where he was a NIH-KL2 scholar for five years. He is Adjunct Associate Professor with both the UW Seattle School of Nursing and the UW School of Public Health, serving as Director of the Occupational & Environmental Health Nursing Program. And, he is a Research Affiliate with the UW Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety & Health Center and UW Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology. In addition to his academic training, he has experience in occupational health policy from governmental and labor perspectives having worked with federal OSHA’s Office of Occupational Health Nursing and the American Nurses Association, respectively.


Dr. de Castro’s expertise is in Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences and Public Health Nursing. His research principally focuses on occupational health disparities among immigrant and minority worker populations, with an emphasis on how employment and working conditions contribute to chronic stress. He also investigates how work organization factors influence occupational injury and illness risk among healthcare workers. His methodologic approaches include the use of multi-country longitudinal study designs, stress biomarkers, and large survey datasets. Additionally, his teaching incorporates problem-based learning, community advocacy service projects, and the use of digital media.


University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
Chicago, IL
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, MD
  • Doctor of Philosophy
The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
Baltimore, MD
  • Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Public Health
University of California
Los Angeles, CA
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing






Courses Taught

  • BNURS 409 Partnerships in Community Health
  • BHS 320 Human Health & the Environment
  • BHS 499 Senior Portfolio
  • NSG 554 Occupational Health Perspectives on Worker Populations
  • NSG 558 Occupational Health Nursing: Advanced Practice & Leadership in Program Development