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.

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, children and families experiencing violence

Clinical Focus

Forensic nursing

Teaching Focus

Research methods and evidence-based practice


Journal Articles

Laughon, K., Montalvo‐Liendo, N., Eaton, S., & Bassett, L. (2023). Health and safety concerns of female asylum seekers living in an informal migrant camp in Matamoros, Mexico. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 79(5), 1830-1839.

Alhusen, J. L., Hughes, R. B., Lyons, G., & Laughon, K. (2023). Depressive symptoms during the perinatal period by disability status: Findings from the United States Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 79(1), 223-233.

Alhusen, J. L., Lyons, G., Laughon, K., & Hughes, R. B. (2023). Intimate partner violence during the perinatal period by disability status: Findings from a United States population-based analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 79(4), 1493-1502.

Muir, K. J., Donahue, C., Broshek, D. K., Resch, J., Solenski, N., & Laughon, K. (2022). Neuropsychological and balance symptoms of abused women who have experienced intimate partner violence-related strangulation: A feasibility and acceptability study. Neurotrauma Reports, 3(1), 491-500.

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. (2022). Longitudinal impact of the myPlan app on health and safety among college women experiencing partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 37(13-14), NP11436-NP11459.

Crowder, J., Burnett, C., Byon, H. D., Laughon, K., Acierno, R., Yan, G., ... & Teaster, P. B. (2022). 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, 37(3-4), 1456-1483.

Jaeckl, S., & Laughon, K. (2021). Risk factors and indicators for commercial sexual exploitation/domestic minor sex trafficking of adolescent girls in the United States in the context of school nursing: An integrative review of the literature. The Journal of School Nursing, 37(1), 6-16.

Laughon, K., Bloom, T., Amar, A. F., & Debnam, K. (2021). Conceptualizing an approach to secondary prevention of relationship violence among college students. Journal of American College Health, 69(7), 798-805.

Alhusen, J. L., Bloom, T., Laughon, K., Behan, L., & Hughes, R. B. (2021). Perceptions of barriers to effective family planning services among women with disabilities. Disability and Health Journal, 101055, 14(3), 101055.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Laughon, K., & Lewis-O'Connor, A. (2019). Trauma-informed nursing improves equity. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 15(4), 195-196.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Amar, A., Beeber, L., Laughon, K., Rice, M. J. (2013). Reducing firearm violence. Nursing Outlook, 61(3), 184.

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.

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.

Laughon, K., Sutherland, M., Parker, B. (2011). A brief intervention for STI prevention among battered women shows promise. JOGNN, 40(VI), 702-708.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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). 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). 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). 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). 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. ). 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). 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. ). 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). American Psychological Association

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