JHNAA Alumni Conversation
Interpersonal Violence and Trauma: Identifying what hurts us across the life-span
Monday, July 12 | 11:30 – 1:00pm
This alumni conversation will draw on the expertise of nursing leaders, researchers, and community partners as they address the ubiquity of violence and its impact across the life span. During this alumni conversation, panelists will discuss the framework for structural violence and provide research on types of violence across different populations. The conversation will spotlight the role nurses play in interpersonal violence prevention through screening measures, awareness, and beyond.
Dr. Kamila Alexander, Assistant Professor
Kamila A. Alexander’s research is focused on the effects of violence on sexual, mental, and reproductive health among adolescents and young adults. Prior to academia, she practiced public health nursing in federally qualified health centers for over 10 years. She earned a BS in Exercise Science from Howard University, BSN and MSN/MPH from Johns Hopkins, and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the inaugural cohort of Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators that is supporting her current research, “Socio-spatial Networks of Black Young Women Intimate Partner Violence Survivors.”
Dr. Carmen Alvarez, Associate Professor
Carmen Alvarez works with underserved and minoritized communities to address mental health and chronic disease disparities among survivors of adverse childhood experiences and intimate partner violence. Her most recent work—“Improving Psychosocial Well-Being among Immigrant Latina Survivors of ACEs”—is supported by the RWJF Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program. Her BSN and MSN are from Emory University and her PhD is from the University of Michigan.
Amanda St Ivany, Research Scientist, Pediatrics, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
Amanda St Ivany’s research focuses on young adult (ages 18-24) health inequities, specifically traumatic brain injury (TBI) from intimate partner violence (IPV). Dr. St. Ivany’s research is on women’s experiences seeking medical treatment after TBI from IPV, the context of IPV when a TBI is inflicted, and evaluating hospital admissions for vulnerable populations. This body of research emphasizes the importance of understanding young women’s experiences to tailor our approaches to providing care and interventions for TBI from IPV. She has a BS in sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a BSN from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and an MSN and PhD from the University of Virginia School of Nursing.