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Kathryn S Laughon

Associate Professor
Program Director
Unit: School of Nursing
Department: School of Nursing
Office location and address
CMNEB 2103
202 Jeanette Lancaster Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Kathryn Laughon, PhD, RN, FAAN - who focuses her work on issues related to intimate partner violence and its impact on women and children - is a forensic nurse examiner and an associate professor. She earned her BSN and MSN at UVA, and her PhD from Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Laughon conducts evidence collection and provides care to victims of sexual assault, teaches in the Department of Family, Community & Mental Health Systems, and is currently researching a novel dye that better highlights sexual assault injuries in women of color. She is also PI 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. In June, 2014, she was honored with the Ann Burgess Forensic Nursing Research Award by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. 

Source: U.S. Department Of Justice
January 01, 2019 – June 30, 2023
NR-Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking of Girls in the United States: School Nurse Perspectives and School Policy in Virginia's Schools
Source: Sahm Family Foundation
January 01, 2022 – May 31, 2022
AS-STAT Center of Excellence for Forensic Science
Source: Iowa State University of Science and Technology
June 01, 2015 – June 30, 2020
NR-KL Evaluation and Identification of a Novel Fluorescent Dye for Use in Detecting Ano-genital Injury in Women of Color
Source: U.S. Department Of Justice
January 01, 2014 – December 31, 2016
ANA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Minority Fellowship Program Predoctoral Fellowship
Source: American Nurses Association
September 21, 2011 – August 31, 2016
USEM 1570: University Seminar
Credits: 2–3
Consult the University Seminars web page at https://provost.virginia.edu/subsite/academic-affairs/student-experience/university-seminars (copy and paste web address into browser) for specific descriptions.
GNUR 6050: Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
Credits: 3
This course focuses on the specialized knowledge in nursing including nursing theory, ethical principles, historical perspectives, and aesthetics. Emphasis is placed on relating these dimensions to the student's professional nursing practice. The role of praxis, empirics, ethics, and aesthetics in theory development is studied. The course goal is to prepare practitioners of nursing to interpret current literature of nursing and its application. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor permission.
GNUR 6054: Research and Biostatistical Processes for Health Care
Credits: 4
This course provides an introduction to nursing and health care-related research and bio-statistical analysis. This course provides the basic skills and knowledge to critique research, develop a research plan, and to develop an evidence-based practice. Prerequisite: Undergraduate or graduate applied statistics course within the past five years.
GNUR 8210: Scientific Progress in Nursing
Credits: 3
Through directed readings and seminars in selected areas, students develop an appreciation for, and understanding of, the evolution of nursing's substantive research knowledge and the current state of the science in selected areas. These topical areas are broadly defined as Individual Responses to Health and Illness, Family Responses to Health and Illness, Environmental Influences on Health, and Therapeutic Interventions. Students also become acquainted with exemplary research programs, analyze and synthesize relevant literature, and develop a plan of studies to prepare them for a research career in the selected area. Prerequisite: Master's-level nursing research course.
GNUR 8420: Proposal Writing Seminar II
Credits: 2
Continues to develop and refine the research proposal begun in GNUR 8410. Includes incorporating feedback from peers and a professional editorial consultant. The final product is a submitted grant proposal. Prerequisite: GNUR 8410.
GNUR 8440: Preparing an Institutional Review Board Protocol
Credits: 1
This course will provide students with the opportunity to design and gain Institutional Review Board approval for a research protocol for a qualitative pilot study. Prereq: GNUR 8120 or instructor consent.
GNUR 8993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–4
Independent Study in Nursing
GNUR 9110: Research Practicum I
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the student with opportunity to develop and refine research skills by participating in an ongoing research study. Students should plan on devoting 8 hours a week for each 9110 credit enrolled each semester. Students must register for GNUR 9110 for a total of 4 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and advisor.
GNUR 9890: Dissertation Seminar
Credits: 1
The purpose of this course is to provide support to ensure adequate progress and professional development for PhD students who have successfully completed their comprehensive exams.
GNUR 9998: Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
Students register for GNUR 9998 concurrently with course work until the dissertation proposal is successfully defended. Credits from non-topical research are not counted in the total program hours of credit. Prerequisite: Permission of faculty advisor.
GNUR 9999: Dissertation Research
Credits: 3–12
A culminating experience that requires the student to plan and implement a research study of significance. Prerequisite: Permission of dissertation chair.