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Featured Author

Journal of Forensic Nursing® Author Feature

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Christine Lepianka MS, RN, SANE is our currently featured author.  She is the lead author of the article Characteristics and Healthcare Needs of Women Who Are Trafficked for Sex in the United States published in the Jan/March 2020 issue of the Journal of Forensic Nursing

Christine is a PhD in nursing student at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. with 18 years of experience in women and children’s health. She has been employed as an Assistant Professor at St. Anthony College of Nursing in Rockford, IL for the past ten years and has completed over 120 hours of training in forensic nursing at both the University of Colorado (Mercy) Health, Colorado Springs, CO and Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Her research interests include women who have been trafficked for sex in the U.S. In the fall of 2016, she was the principle investigator of a small phenomenological study on human sex trafficking, which informed my current study, an ethnonursing study to better understand the health and experiences with the health system among women who have been trafficked for sex in the U.S. In 2017 Christine was named a Jonas Scholar and received a 20 thousand dollar scholarship to complete doctoral education and to conduct her final dissertation study.

In recognition of her expertise on human sex trafficking, she has been an invited speaker at multiple educational venues in the Chicagoland area, including the 2017 International Forum Caring for Vulnerable Populations, hosted by Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Omicron and the Stateline Nurses Network Nurse Expo 2018.