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Kathryn Laughon, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

Kathryn Laughon, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. has focused her practice and research on issues of intimate partner violence and its impact on women and children. She is an Associate Professor of nursing at the University of Virginia School of Nursing where she received her BSN and MSN. She received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University. At UVA, she has collaborated with Richard Steeves, PhD, RN, FNP and Barbara Parker, PhD, RN, FAAN, and in their study of intimate partner homicide and its impact on children. She is also a forensic nurse examiner and conducts evidence collection and provides care to victims of sexual assault.

Dr. Laughon currently is principle investigator on a National Institute of Mental Health-funded study to test an intervention for guardians of children orphaned by intimate partner homicide. She has previous research funding from the National Institute for Nursing Research, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Nurses Foundation, and Sigma Theta Tau Beta Nu Chapter. The University of Virginia School of Nursing has honored her with a Faculty Publication Award, as Young Alumnae of the Year, the Shannon Award (for clinical and academic excellence), the Historical Nursing Research Award and with an Alumni Scholarship and Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She serves on the board of the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women, International.