Honors and Awards

  • Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society of Nursing (2003)
  • Northern Virginia Health Force Fellowship Award (2011-2013)
  • Dissertation Completion Grant, Office of the Provost, George Mason University (2015)

Research Focus

Maternal and child health; Violence against women; Mental health issues among women experiencing intimate partner violence during pregnancy

Teaching Focus

Pharmacology; Women's and Maternal-Child Health; Epidemiology

Service

  • Acting Secretary, San Diego Chapter, Association of Women's Health Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) (2006-2007)
  • Member, National Association of Nurse Practitioners for Women's Health (NPWH)
  • Fundraising Committee, Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International (NNVAWI) (2015-2016)

Publications

Journal Articles

Kastello, J.C., Jacobsen, K.H., Gaffney, K.F., Kodadek, M.P., Sharps, P.W., & Bullock, L.C. (2016). Predictors of depression symptoms among low-income women exposed to perinatal intimate partner violence (IPV). Community Mental Health Journal, 52(6), 683-690. doi:10.1007/s10597-015-9977-y

Burnett, C., Schminkey, D., Milburn, J., Kastello, J., Bullock, L., Campbell, J., & Sharps, P. (2016). Negotiating peril: The lived experience of rural, low-income women exposed to IPV during pregnancy and postpartum. Violence Against Women, 22(8), 943-965. doi:10.1177/1077801215614972

Kastello, J.C., Jacobsen, K.H., Gaffney, K.F., Kodadek, M.P., Bullock, L.C., & Sharps, P.W. (2015). Posttraumatic stress disorder among low-income women exposed to perinatal intimate partner violence. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 19(3), 521-8. doi:10.1007/s00737-015-0594-0

Kastello, J., Jacobsen, K., Gaffney, K., Kodadek, M., Bullock, L., Sharps, P. (2015). Self-rated mental health: Screening for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder among women exposed to perinatal intimate partner violence. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 53(11), 32-38. doi:10.3928/02793695-20151021-02

Gaffney, K. F., Kitsantas, P., Brito, A., & Kastello, J. (2014). Baby steps in the prevention of childhood obesity: IOM guidelines for pediatric practice. Journal Of Pediatric Nursing, 29(2), 108-113.

Kitsantas, P., Gaffney, K. F., Wu, H., & Kastello, J. C. (2014). Determinants of alcohol cessation, reduction and no reduction during pregnancy. Archives Of Gynecology And Obstetrics, 289(4), 771-779. doi:10.1007/s00404-013-3056-9