Kathryn Laughon, PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Professor Of Nursing

Department: Family, Community & Mental Health Systems

Office: CMNEB 2103
Phone: (434) 924-1985
Email: klaughon@Virginia.EDU
Fax: (434) 243-8371

Kathryn Laughon, PhD, RN, has focused her practice and research on issues of intimate partner violence and its impact on women and children. She is assistant 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. 

Research Focus

Improving the health and safety of women and families experiencing violence.

Clinical Focus

Forensic nursing.

Teaching Focus

Research methods and evidence-based practice.


Journal Articles

Lawson, S. L., Laughon, K., & Gonzalez-Guarda, R. M. (2012). Predictors of health care use among a predominantly Hispanic, urban sample of individuals seeking IPV services. Hispanic Health Care International, 10(1), 28-35.

Amar, A.F., Sutherland, M., Laughon, K., Bess, R., & Stockbridge, J. (2012). Peer influences within the campus on help seeking related to violence. Journal of the National Black Nurses Association, 23(1), 1-7.

Laughon,K.,Steeves,R. H.,Parker,B.,Knopp,A.,Sawin,E. M. (2008). Forgiveness, and other themes, in women whose fathers killed their mothers. Advances in Nursing Science, 31(2), 153-163.

Laughon,K.,Renker,P.,Glass,N.,Parker,B. (2008). Revision of the Abuse Assessment Screen to address nonlethal strangulation. JOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 37(4), 502-507.

Glass,N.,Laughon,K.,Campbell,J.,Block,C. R.,Hanson,G.,Sharps,P. W.,Taliaferro,E. (2008). Non-fatal strangulation is an important risk factor for homicide of women. The Journal of emergency medicine, 35(3), 329-335. doi:10.1016/j.jemermed.2007.02.065

Steeves,R.,Laughon,K.,Parker,B.,Weierbach,F. (2007). Talking about talk: the experiences of boys who survived intraparental homicide.. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 28(8), 899-912.

Sharps,P. W.,Laughon,K.,Giangrande,S. K. (2007). Intimate partner violence and the childbearing year: maternal and infant health consequences. Trauma, violence & abuse, 8(2), 105-116. doi:10.1177/1524838007302594

McClain,N.,Laughon,K.,Steeves,R.,Parker,B. (2007). Balancing the needs of the scientist and the subject in trauma research.. Western journal of nursing research, 29(1), 121-128.

Laughon,K.,Gielen,A. C.,Campbell,J. C.,Burke,J.,McDonnell,K.,O'Campo,P. (2007). The relationships among sexually transmitted infection, depression, and lifetime violence in a sample of predominantly African American women. Research in nursing & health, 30(4), 413-428. doi:10.1002/nur.20226

Laughon,K. (2007). Abused African American women's processes of staying healthy. Western journal of nursing research, 29(3), 365-84; discussion 385-94. doi:10.1177/0193945906296558

Campbell,J. C.,Glass,N.,Sharps,P. W.,Laughon,K.,Bloom,T. (2007). Intimate partner homicide: review and implications of research and policy. Trauma, violence & abuse, 8(3), 246-269. doi:10.1177/1524838007303505

Nicolaidis,C.,Curry,M. A.,Ulrich,Y.,Sharps,P.,McFarlane,J.,Campbell,D.,Gary,F.,Laughon,K.,Glass,N.,Campbell,J. (2003). Could we have known? A qualitative analysis of data from women who survived an attempted homicide by an intimate partner. Journal of general internal medicine, 18(10), 788-794.

Dienemann,J.,Campbell,J.,Wiederhorn,N.,Laughon,K.,Jordan,E. (2003). A critical pathway for intimate partner violence across the continuum of care. Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing: JOGNN/NAACOG, 32(5), 594-603.

Campbell,J. C.,Webster,D.,Koziol-McLain,J.,Block,C.,Campbell,D.,Curry,M. A.,Gary,F.,Glass,N.,McFarlane,J.,Sachs,C.,Sharps,P.,Ulrich,Y.,Wilt,S. A.,Manganello,J.,Xu,X.,Schollenberger,J.,Frye,V.,Laughon,K. (2003). Risk factors for femicide in abusive relationships: results from a multisite case control study. American Journal of Public Health, 93(7), 1089-1097.

Chouaf,K. (2000). "Children of battered women...". Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 21(2), 146-147.

Book Sections

Bloom, T., Bullock, L., Sharps, P., Laughon, K., & Parker, B. (2011). Intimate partner violence in pregnancy. In J. Campbell & J. Humphreys (Eds.), Family Violence and Nursing Practice (2nd ed.) (pp. ). New York: Springer

Bloom, T., Bullock, L., Sharps, P., Laughon, K., & Parker, B. (2010). Intimate partner violence during pregnancy. In J.C. Campbell & J. Humphreys (Eds.), Family violence and nursing practice (pp. ). Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Steeves,R. H.,Parker,B. J.,Laughon,K. C. (2009). Qualitative Oncology Nursing Science(1st). In Phillips,J. M., King,C. R. (Ed.), Advancing Oncology Nursing Science (pp. ). Pittsburgh: Oncology Nursing Society