Paul Thomas Clements, PhD, APRN-BC, CGS, DF-IAFN, is an associate clinical professor and coordinator of the Forensic Trends in Healthcare Certificate program online at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His clinical experience includes previously serving as assistant director/bereavement therapist at the Homicide Bereavement Center at the Office of the Medical Examiner in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is an experienced therapist, forensic consultant, and critical incident/trauma response specialist with many years of experience in management/administration and crisis intervention. Clements has provided counseling and crisis intervention to over 1,500 families of murder victims as well as to many surviving family members in the aftermath of suicide, industrial and occupational deaths, motor vehicle accidents, sudden infant death syndrome, and other types of sudden violent death, as well as to survivors of interpersonal violence such as sexual abuse, rape, and stalking. More recently, Clements traveled to Bolivia to work with agencies, including court judges and prosecutors, regarding the impact of childhood sexual abuse on women and children. Clements was inducted as a distinguished fellow in the International Association of Forensic Nurses in 2002.
Alison M. Colbert, PhD, PHCNS-BC, is an associate professor and the associate dean for academic affairs at the Duquesne University School of Nursing. She is a clinical nurse specialist in public/community health with 20 years of clinical experience. Named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar in 2010, Colbert has centered her clinical practice and research on health promotion in vulnerable populations. Her current research focuses on the health and well-being of women recently released from incarceration. Colbert received her BA from the University of Arizona, her MSN from The University of Texas at Austin, and her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs, including in the graduate forensic nursing program. She is also active in the American Public Health Association/Public Health Nursing Section and the International Association of Forensic Nurses and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Forensic Nursing.
Stacy A. Drake, PhD, MPH, RN, AFN-BC, D-ABMDI, is an assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Nursing. Drake received her PhD in nursing at Texas Woman's University, her MSN with a concentration in forensic nursing from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, her MPH from UTHealth School of Public Health, and her BSN from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Drake has years of experience within various clinical and administrative positions including EMS/fire, trauma/burn/medical and surgical ICU, death investigation, and risk management. Drake teaches on a variety of topics and is involved with mentoring nurses in community-based clinical experiences. Her research interests include understanding deaths in the public sector for purposes of prevention and eliminating disparity, forensic nursing science education, and death investigation systems. Finally, she is practicing as a forensic nurse at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
Di Fischer, MN, RN, PHN, received her bachelor of arts in linguistics, minor in GLBT studies, and master of nursing from the University of Minnesota. She has more than 5 years of experience working in progressive and comprehensive sexual healthcare services. Her interests lie in improving healthcare for marginalized and underserved communities. She currently performs home and school visits with pregnant and parenting adolescents.
Netanya Frohman, BSN, RN, received her BSN from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (SON), where she is currently a PhD student researching cardiovascular disease risk and outcomes related to exposure to violence, including family and partner violence and military service related PTSD. Prior to becoming a nurse, she received a BA from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where a diverse liberal arts education exposed her to the concept of spirituality as a mechanism of healing and communication. Through the mentorships of Jacquelyn Campbell, Phyllis Sharps, and others at the JHU SON, she has developed an interest in nursing's critical role in the prevention, intervention, and treatment of situations and outcomes related to human-on-human violence as well as the psychology of motivation and behavioral change. She envisions a career of making valuable contributions to the field of cardiovascular and violence research while playing an active role in educating incoming generations of nurse leaders, educators, and research scientists.
Lorie S. Goshin, PhD, RN, is an assistant professor at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. She received a master's degree in parent-child nursing from the University of Texas at Austin and a PhD and postdoctoral research scientist training at Columbia University. Goshin's research explores health inequities experienced by criminal justice-involved families. She began working with this population while providing clinical nursing care in a county juvenile jail. She was co-investigator on a National Institute of Nursing Research-funded study of long-term outcomes for women and children who lived together in a prison nursery. She is currently investigating alternatives to incarceration for women with children, as well as the needs of arrested veterans. She has received awards for this work from the American Public Health Association, National March of Dimes, and the Foundation for New York State Nurses. In August 2013, she was invited to the White House to speak about her research.
Stephen Goux, MSN, RN, AFN-BC, SANE-A, SANE-P, is a pediatric emergency nurse specializing in pediatric forensic nursing. He is certified as both a sexual assault nurse examiner-adult/adolescent (SANE-A) and sexual assault nurse examiner-pediatric (SANE-P) through the International Association of Forensic Nurses and is a board-certified advanced forensic nurse through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Goux holds a baccalaureate degree in nursing and a master of science in forensic nursing. He is a doctoral student in the PhD program at Duquesne University, focusing on research related to the advancement of forensic nursing. He is a former law enforcement officer, having worked in many different areas including investigations, negotiations, and corrections. His teaching roles have included didactic nursing education, clinical faculty, and preceptor faculty for newly trained SANEs. His research interests include pediatric acute care clinical practice, forensic nursing practice, and the prevention of revictimization in male victims of sexual assault.
Anita G. Hufft, PhD, RN, is a professor and dean of the Texas Woman's University College of Nursing. Hufft is a veteran of the United States Army and is nationally recognized in the nursing profession as a consultant, a speaker at national conferences, and a frequent contributor to nursing publications in forensic nursing and nursing education leadership. She has served her profession as a member of various task forces, committees, and boards, such as the Georgia Board of Nursing, the Journal of Forensic Nursing Editorial Board, the Southern Regional Education Board of the Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing, the International Association of Forensic Nursing, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
Emily Ruth Johnson, MN, MA, RN, SANE-A, has been a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) since 2012. She works for two forensic nursing programs in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Her background is in emergency department, intensive care, telemetry, post anesthesia care, and post-partum nursing. In addition to being a registered nurse, she holds a bachelor of science degree in geological and environmental science and a master of arts in Russian and East European studies from Stanford University.
Brittany E. Kelly, BSN, is currently a graduating accelerated bachelor of nursing student at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (July 2015). She is a John I. and Marilyn S. Mandler Scholarship scholar and a Johns Hopkins Center For AIDS Research scholar. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and is involved in community outreach and research in the Baltimore area, which includes linking patients to Hep C treatment at the Johns Hopkins Hospital emergency department and working for Johns Hopkins University Global Initiative Center and Community Department. She is currently involved in HIV prevention in the Greater Baltimore area. Her nursing interests include infectious disease prevention in at-risk adolescents and African-American women in the Baltimore and Washington, DC, metropolitan areas and internationally.
Adine Latimore, MSN, PPCNP-BC, SANE, has been a nurse for 31 years, and for the last 21 years, she has worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner. She has been working at the Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) of Suffolk County in Massachusetts as a forensic nurse for more than 9 years. In her role at the CAC, she examines children who have been victims of sexual abuse. She diagnoses and treats medical conditions that may be related to sexual abuse and documents any possible physical and forensic evidence. The purpose of these exams is to reassure the child that his or her body is OK, to collect evidence that may be present on the child's body, and to ensure the health and wellbeing of the child. "To have a child leave my office knowing that his or her body is fine is the best part of my job."
Annie Lewis-O'Connor, PhD, NP-BC, MPH, FAAN, is a board-certified nurse practitioner. She is the founder and director of the C.A.R.E Clinic (Coordinated Approach to Recovery & Empowerment) at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She is committed to addressing domestic and sexual violence from a research, policy, education, and clinical perspective. She holds faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School (instructor) and Boston College. Her current research focuses on the use of tablets and virtual appointments for patients affected by violence, exploring patient-centered outcomes research, and the evaluation of healthcare models in caring for patients affected by intentional violence. She serves on the executive board of Casa Myrna Vasquez Shelter and the board of EQUALHEALTH, a nonprofit that is developing health, medical, and nursing education in Haiti. She received a master of science in nursing from Simmons College in Boston, a master of science in public health from Boston University, and a PhD from Boston College.
Linda Mabey, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS, has taught undergraduate and graduate nurses the art and science of psychiatric nursing since 1995. She received her doctor of nursing practice from the University of Utah in 2009. She is an active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) and serves as a board member of the Utah Chapter of APNA. Her clinical focus is on treatment of psychological trauma and PTSD, and she maintains an active clinical practice. Her special interest in treating patients with psychological trauma led her to pursue certification as an EMDR therapist, an evidenced-based practice for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. She is a published author on trauma and has presented at international and national conferences on trauma and PTSD.
Leslie Miles, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, is an assistant professor of nursing at Brigham Young University and a psychiatric nurse practitioner in the community. She received her associate degree in nursing from Brigham Young University in 1983 and her bachelor of science in 1999. Miles graduated with her master of science in psychiatric-mental health nursing from the University of Utah in 2004. She continued her education at Rush University in Chicago to earn her doctorate of nursing practice in 2012. Miles has worked in a variety of psychiatric settings for more than 30 years and is active in the American Psychiatric Nurses Association; Sigma Theta Tau International, Iota-Iota Chapter; and is a designated examiner for civil commitments in the State of Utah.
Stacey A. Mitchell, DNP, MBA, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, holds a doctorate in forensic nursing practice from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center; a master of science in nursing, focusing on trauma and forensic nursing, from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville; and a bachelor of science in nursing from the Medical College of Virginia. Her nursing career spans more than 25 years, with experience in critical care, emergency nursing, forensic nursing, and risk management. Mitchell began her forensic nursing career as coordinator of the forensic nurse examiners of St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. She served as director at-large for two terms, treasurer, president-elect, and president of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN). Mitchell held the position of deputy chief forensic nurse investigator at the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office in Houston, Texas, for 6 years. Currently, she is the administrative director of forensic nursing services and risk management and patient safety for the Harris Health System. The Texas Nurses Association District 9 honored Mitchell as one of the Top 20 Outstanding Nurses. She is the 2015 recipient of the Virginia Lynch Pioneer in Nursing Award from the IAFN.
Cindy Peternelj-Taylor, RN, MSc, DF-IAFN, focuses on professional role development for nurses and other healthcare professionals who work with vulnerable populations in forensic psychiatric and correctional settings, with particular emphasis on ethical issues that emerge from practice (e.g., boundary violations, whistleblowing, othering, and ethical decision-making). She is currently funded for two small-scale research projects by the Centre for Forensic Behavioral Science and Justice Studies: a mixed methods study exploring correctional nurses' roles, responsibilities, and learning needs; and a scoping review exploring palliative care in correctional settings. Previous research, a phenomenological study, explored the lived experience of nurse engagement with forensic patients in secure environments. She is currently the Chairperson of the Undergraduate Education Committee, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Nursing, and a Distinguished Fellow with the International Association of Forensic Nurses.
Carolyn M. Porta, PhD, MPH, RN, SANE-A, is a sexual assault nurse examiner-adult/adolescent (SANE-A) employed with the Region's SANE Program since 2007. She is an associate professor in the Population Health and Systems Cooperative in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota, and adjunct associate professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health of the School of Public Health. Her clinical expertise includes adolescent health, public health nursing, and forensic nursing. Porta is a mixed-method researcher, with emphasis on development and testing of preventive interventions tailored to the needs and preferences of adolescents, young people, and their families. Use of innovative technologies characterizes her work. She teaches and conducts research that emphasizes physical and mental health promotion, particularly for underserved and under-resourced populations. Porta is currently involved in collaborative research across North America and Africa, addressing threats to health that range from lack of insurance and social stigmas to gender-based violence/interpersonal violence and zoonotic diseases.
Phyllis W. Sharps, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor and associate dean for Community and Global Programs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Sharps leads the Center of Global Initiatives, directing and coordinating global nursing educational and capacity-building initiatives for faculty and students. She is also the director of three community health nurse-based centers. She has published numerous articles on improving reproductive health and reducing violence amongst African-American women, including the physical and mental health consequences of violence against pregnant and parenting women, infants, and very young children. She has been the principal investigator for two NIH-funded grants, including the Domestic Violence Enhanced Home Visitation Program (DOVE), a public health nurse intervention to reduce violence against pregnant women. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of STTI's International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.
Mariah Eliza Smock, BA, BSN, received a classical high school education from the Highlands Latin School in Louisville, Kentucky. She received her bachelor of arts from Centre College in 2011. Smock received her associate in nursing from Midway College in 2014 and her bachelor of science in nursing in 2015, also from Midway College.
William S. Smock, MD, is the full-time police surgeon and directs the Clinical Forensic Medicine Program for the Louisville Metro Police Department. Smock joined the faculty at University of Louisville's Department of Emergency Medicine in 1994 and was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2005. He is currently a clinical professor of emergency medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He has edited three textbooks on clinical forensic medicine and published more than 30 chapters and articles on forensic and emergency medicine. He is an internationally recognized forensic expert and trains nurses, physicians, law enforcement officers, and attorneys in the investigation of officer-involved shootings, strangulation, gunshot wounds, injury mechanisms, and motor vehicle trauma. Smock is also the police surgeon for the Jeffersontown, Kentucky, and St. Matthews, Kentucky, Police Departments and serves as a tactical physician and detective for the Floyd County Sheriff's Department in Indiana.
Julie Valentine, MS, RN, CNE, SANE-A, is an assistant professor at Brigham Young University College of Nursing. Her clinical specialty and research focus areas are forensic nursing, violence against women, and sexual assault. Valentine is a certified sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) with Salt Lake Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and Primary Children's Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. She is also a full-time student pursuing her PhD in nursing at Duquesne University, with completion expected in December 2015. She is principal investigator in a collaborative research project with the Utah state crime laboratory that is exploring the impact of new DNA testing methods, specifically Y-STR analysis, on evidence collection following sexual assault. In addition, she is the principal investigator in other studies exploring the impact of training law enforcement and prosecutors on the neurobiology of trauma, specifically in sexual assault cases.
Andrea M. Yevchak, PhD, RN, is an assistant professor at Duquesne University School of Nursing. She is a clinical nurse specialist in gerontological nursing with 10 years of clinical experience. In 2009-2011, she was named a John A. Hartford Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Scholar. Yevchak received her BSN, MSN, and PhD in nursing from the Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing. She has focused her teaching and scholarship on vulnerable older adults seen across settings of care.