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 Focus

Improving the health and safety of women, children and families experiencing violence

Clinical Focus

Forensic nursing

Teaching Focus

Research methods and evidence-based practice


Journal Articles

Campbell, J., Matoff-Stepp, S., Velez, M. L., Cox, H. H., & Laughon, K. (2021). Pregnancy-associated deaths from homicide, suicide, and drug overdose: Review of research and the intersection with intimate partner violence. Journal of Women's Health, 30(2), 236-244.

Campbell, J., Matoff-Stepp, S., Velez, M. L., Cox, H. H., & Laughon, K. (2021). Pregnancy-associated deaths from homicide, suicide, and drug overdose: Review of research and the intersection with intimate partner violence. Journal of Women's Health, 30(2), 236-244. doi:10.1089/jwh.2020.8875

Jaeckl, S.E., Laughon, K., (2020). Sex trafficking of minors in the United States: A perspective for nurses. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 25(3), 1.

Ross, C., Kools, S., & Laughon, K. (2020). “It was only me against the world. ” Female African American adolescents’ perspectives on their sexual and reproductive health learning and experiences while in foster care: implications for positive youth development. Children and Youth Services Review, 118, 105463. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105463

Elmore, C. E., Laughon, K., & Mitchell, E. M. (2020). Self‐collection of samples for HPV testing to increase participation in cervical cancer screening by immigrant women: An integrative review. Public Health Nursing, 37(5), 677-695. doi:10.1111/phn.12782

Udmuangpia, T., Yu, M., Laughon, K., Saywat, T., & Bloom, T. L. (2020). Prevalence, Risks, and Health Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence during Pregnancy among Young Women: A Systematic Review. Pacific Rim International Journal of Nursing Research, 24(3), 412-429.

Amar, A. F., & Laughon, K. (2020). Gender violence prevention in middle school male athletics programs. JAMA Pediatrics, 174(3), 233-234. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.5269

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

Klot, J. F., Auerbach, J. D., Veronese, F., Brown, G., Pei, A., Wira, C. R., Hope, T. J., M'boup, S., & Greentree Meeting on Sexual Violence and HIV (2012). Greentree white paper: sexual violence, genitoanal injury, and HIV: priorities for research, policy, and practice. AIDS research and human retroviruses, 28(11), 1379-1388.

Schafer, K. R., Brant, J., Gupta, S., Thorpe, J., Winstead-Derlega, C., Pinkerton, R., Laughon, K., Ingersoll, K., & Dillingham, R. (2012). Intimate partner violence: A predictor of worse HIV outcomes and engagement in care. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 26(6), 356-365. doi:10.1089/apc.2011.0409

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.

Steeves, R., Laughon, K., Parker, B. (2011). Adolescent Experiences with Uxoricide. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 17(II), 115-23. doi:10.1177/1078390311401025

Laughon, K., Sutherland, M., Parker, B. (2011). A brief intervention for STI prevention among battered women shows promise. JOGNN, 40(VI), 702-708. doi:10.1111/j.1552-6909.2011.01305.x

Sawin, E, Steeves, R. Parker, B., Laughon, K. (2010). Breast Cancer in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence: A Qualitative Study. Oncology Nursing Forum, 36(VI), 686-692. doi:10.1188/09.onf.686-692

Laughon, K., Glass, N., Worrell, C. (2009). Review and Analysis of Strangulation Laws in 50 States. Evaluation Review, 33, 358-369. doi:10.1177/0193841x09337481

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.

Campbell, JC, Woods AB, Chouaf , KL, Parker, B. (2000). Reproductive health consequences of intimate partner violence. Research for Practice Review, (9)3, 217-237. doi:10.1177/10547730022158555

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

Advance Online Publications

Glass, N. E., Clough, A., Messing, J. T., Bloom, T., Brown, M. L., Eden, K. B., Campbell, J. C., Gielen, A., Laughon, K., Grace, K. T., Turner, R. M., Alvarez, C., Case, J., Barnes-Hoyt, J., Alhusen, J., Hanson, G. C., & Perrin, N. A. (2021). Longitudinal impact of the myPlan app on health and safety among college women experiencing partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication.

Laughon, K., Bloom, T., Amar, A. F., & Debnam, K. (2020). Conceptualizing an approach to secondary prevention of relationship violence among college students. Journal of American College Health. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/07448481.2019.1706535

Alhusen, J. L., Bloom, T., Laughon, K., Behan, L., & Hughes, R. B. (2020). Perceptions of barriers to effective family planning services among women with disabilities. Disability and Health Journal, 101055. Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/j.dhjo.2020.101055

Crowder, J., Burnett, C., Byon, H. D., Laughon, K., Acierno, R., Yan, G., ... & Teaster, P. B. (2020). Exploration and comparison of contextual characteristics and mistreatment prevalence among older American Indian and Alaska Native Respondents: secondary analysis of the National Elder Mistreatment Study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0886260520922356

Book Sections

Laughon, K., & Amar, A. (2020). Family and sexual violence, nursing, and US policy. In D. J. Mason, E. L. Dickson, A. Perez, & M. McLemore, (Eds.), Policy and politics in nursing and health care (8th ed.) (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.

Laughon, K & Amar, A. (2015). Family & Sexual Violence, Nursing, and US Policy. In D.J. Mason, J.K. Leavitt, M.W. Chaffee & F. Outlaw (Eds.) Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care (pp. 674-679). St. Louis: Saunders/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

Laughon, K., Amar, A., Anderson, S. (2010). Legal and Forensic Nursing Responses to Family Violence. In J. Campbell & J. Humphreys (Eds.), Family violence and nursing practice (pp. x-xx). Philadelphia: Lippincott

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

Campbell, JC, Baty M., Laughon, K., Woods, A. (2009). Health Effects of Partner Violence: Aiming Toward Prevention. In D.J. Whitaker & J.R. Lutzker (Eds), Preventing Partner Violence: Research and Evidence-Based Intervention Strategies. (pp. 113-38). Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association

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

Campbell, J.C., Glass, N., Sharps, P.W., Laughon, K., Yragui, N. & Sutherland, M.A. (2007). Intimate partner violence and femicide, attempted femicide, and pregnancy-associated femicide: Recent research and implications for the field. In K. Kendall-Tackett (Ed.), Intimate Partner Violence (pp. 2-18). Civic Research Institute, Inc.: Kingston, NJ

Laughon, K., Annan, S. (2007). Nursing interventions for intimate partner violence. In B. Parker & J. Creasia (Eds.), Conceptual Foundations: The Bridge to Professional Nursing Practice (pp. 425-434). Missouri: Mosby

Sokoloff, N.J. & Laughon, K. (2005). Culture, Resistance, and Community. In Natalie J Sokoloff (Ed.) (with Christina Pratt). Domestic Violence at the Margins: Readings in Race, Class, Gender & Culture. Piscataway (pp. 115-126). NJ: Rutgers University

Campbell, JC, Parker, B, Xu, X., Chouaf, K.L. (1999). Battered women and their children. In J.J. Fitzpatrick & K.S. Montgomery (Eds.), Maternal Child Health Nursing Research Digest (pp. 77-82). New York: Springer Publishing Company

Columns, Editorials and Op-Eds

Chatterjee, A., Chery, J., Katz, N., Laughon, K. (2021, October 6). End deportations under Title 42: If Biden cares about structural racism, he must stop misusing this provision now [opinion]. New York Daily News: Retrieved from https://www.

Laughon, K., & Fleming, M. (2020, August 14). Research shows problems with SROs. Daily Progress. Retrieved from

Laughon, K. (2019, Sept. 4). End unnecessary rules on abortion. Daily Progress. Retrieved from

Laughon, K. (2017, Aug 12). Racist history needs dismantling. Daily Progress. Retrieved from

Laughon, K., & Campbell, J. (2015, November 12). Armed & fabulous? What's fabulous is unarming batterers and abusers [Column]. The Huffington Post. Retrieved from

Technical and Research Reports

Laughon, K. (2017). Evaluation of a novel fluorescent dye to detect ano-genital injury in women of color. ().