June 8, 2011 — Kathryn Laughon, associate professor at the University of Virginia, will be inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing at its 38th meeting, to be held in October in Washington, D.C.
The academy's approximately 1,500 fellows are accomplished leaders in nursing education, management, practice and research. Fellows include association executives; university presidents, chancellors and deans; state and federal political appointees; hospital chief executives and vice presidents for nursing; nurse consultants; and researchers and entrepreneurs.
According to the academy's website, the invitation to become a fellow is more than recognition of one's accomplishments within the nursing profession. Fellows also have a responsibility to contribute their time and energies to the academy, and to engage with other health care leaders outside the academy in transforming America's health care system.
Laughon is the 17th member of the school's faculty to be named a fellow.
Laughon focuses her practice and research on issues of intimate partner violence and its impact on women and children. She is a forensic nurse examiner and conducts evidence collection and provides care to victims of sexual assault.
Laughon is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse-Faculty Scholar. Through that funding, she has been testing a computerized intervention to improve health and safety for battered women seeking protective orders. Previously, she was principal investigator on a National Institute of Mental Health-funded study to describe the experiences of guardians of children orphaned by intimate partner homicide. She has received 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 of the Honor Society of Nursing. The Family Violence Prevention Fund gave her the Linda Saltzman New Investigator Award in 2009.
The School of Nursing has honored Laughon with a Faculty Publication Award; the Shannon Award for clinical and academic excellence; and the Historical Nursing Research Award.
Laughon has bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from U.Va. and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.
She is past president of the board of the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International.