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 2014, she was honored with the Ann Burgess Forensic Nursing Research Award by the International Association of Forensic Nurses.
Research FocusImproving the health and safety of women, children and families experiencing violence
Clinical FocusForensic nursing
Teaching FocusResearch methods and evidence-based practice
Laughon, K., & Lewis-O'Connor, A. (2019). Trauma-informed nursing improves equity. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 15(4), 195-196. doi:10.1097/JFN.0000000000000270
Gonzalez-Guarda, R. M., Dowdell, E. B., Marino, M. A., Anderson, J. C., & Laughon, K. (2018). American Academy of Nursing on policy: Recommendations in response to mass shootings. Nursing Outlook, 66(3), 333-336. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2018.04.003
Laughon, K., Mitchell, E., & Price, J. (2017). Provider perspectives on intimate partner violence in Bluefields, Nicaragua. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38(10), 852-857. doi:10.1080/01612840.2017.1346011
Bruce, A., Cao, Y., Henry, C., Peirce, S. M., & Laughon, K. (2016). Pre-clinical assessment of safety and efficacy offluorescent dye for detecting dermal abrasions in a murine model. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 61(6), 1493-1497. doi:10.1111/1556-4029.13173
Wilson, P. R., & Laughon, K. (2015). House to house, shelter to shelter: Experiences of Black women seeking housing after leaving abusive relationships. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 11(2), 77-83. doi:10.1097/JFN.0000000000000067
Laughon, K., Fontaine, D., Bullock, L. (2015). Violence on campus: We all have a role to play [Editorial]. Journal of Nursing Education, 54(5), 239-240. doi:10.3928/01484834-20150417-10
Amar, A., Sutherland, M. A., & Laughon, K. (2014). Gender differences in attitudes and beliefs associated with bystander behavior and sexual assault. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 10(2), 84-91. doi:10.1097/JFN.0000000000000024
Amar, A., Laughon, K., Sharps, P., & Campbell, J. (Expert Panel on Violence). (2013). Screening and counseling for violence against women in primary care settings. Nursing Outlook, 61(3), 187-191. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2013.04.005
Sutherland, M. A., Amar, A., & Laughon, K. (2013). Who sends the email? Using electronic surveys in violence research. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 14(4), 363-369. doi:10.5811/westjem.2013.2.15676
Amar, A., Beeber, L., Laughon, K., Rice, M. J. (2013). Reducing firearm violence. Nursing Outlook, 61(3), 184. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2013.04.003
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.
Advance Online Publications
Amar, A. F., & Laughon, K. (2020). Gender violence prevention in middle school male athletics programs. JAMA Pediatrics. Advance online publication. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.5269
Laughon, K., Bloom, T., Amar, A. F., & Debnam, K. (2020). Conceptualizing an approach to secondary prevention of relationship violence among college students. American Journal of College Health. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/07448481.2019.1706535
Laughon, K., & Amar, A. (2020). Family and sexual violence, nursing, and US policy. In D. Mason, A. Perez, M. McLemore, E. L. Dickson (Eds.), Policy and politics in nursing and health care (pp. 79-1). United States: Elsevier Press
Burnett, C., & Laughon, K. (2020). Violence against women. In E. E. Friberg (Ed.), Conceptual foundations: The bridge to professional nursing practice (7th ed.) (pp. 306-317). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier, Inc.
Burnett, C. & Laughon, K. (2016). Violence against women: An epidemic and a health issue. In E. E. Friberg & J. L. Creasia (Eds.), Conceptual foundations: The bridge to professional nursing practice (6th ed.) (pp. 321-333). St Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier.
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. (Eds.), Advancing Oncology Nursing Science (pp. ). Pittsburgh: Oncology Nursing Society
Columns, Editorials and Op-Eds
Laughon, K. (2019, Sept. 4). End unnecessary rules on abortion. Daily Progress. Retrieved from http://www.dailyprogress.com.
Laughon, K. (2017, Aug 12). Racist history needs dismantling. Daily Progress. Retrieved from http://www.dailyprogress.com.
Laughon, K., & Campbell, J. (2015, November 12). Armed & fabulous? What's fabulous is unarming batterers and abusers [Column]. The Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathryn-laughon/armed-and-fabulous-nra_b_8544586.html?1447364400.
Technical and Research Reports
Laughon, K. (2017). Evaluation of a novel fluorescent dye to detect ano-genital injury in women of color. ().