PITTSBURGH, PA – January 21, 2016
Kathleen Sekula. Ph.D., APRN, FAAN has been elected to the board of directors for the International Association of Forensic Nurses, which has more than 3,000 members who practice and support forensic nursing. She is professor of nursing and director of forensic graduate programs at Duquesne University.
Dr. Sekula joined Duquesne’s School of Nursing in 1998 and served on the undergraduate and graduate faculty as a psychiatric mental health expert. Her research interests include biochemical and hormonal changes in patients with severe depression and anxiety, care of sexual assault victims and care of women in correctional settings. She developed one of the first master of science programs offering a specialty in forensic nursing, which involves caring for victims and perpetrators of crime while attempting to collect forensic evidence.
She commented on the university’s nursing offering. “There are a lot of nurses who do not want to be nurse practitioners or who haven’t found the master’s that they wanted but are working with victims of violence in many different settings. So, this is the graduate program (at Duquesne) that fits their needs. We’re seeing more and more patients in the health care system who have been victims.”
Dr. Sekula received her bachelor’s of science in nursing, Duquesne University, and master’s of science and a Ph.D. in nursing, University of Pittsburgh.