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Candace Burton

Candace Burton, PhD, RN, AFN-BC

Assistant Professor, Family and Community Health Nursing
1100 E. Leigh Street, Room 3059
Richmond, VA 23298-0567
(804) 828-3681
cwburton@vcu.edu


TEACHING:

My teaching is informed by my professional focus on violence and health, and I am core faculty in Community Health Nursing. My teaching in this area centers on service-oriented approaches to learning. I teach primarily in the RN-BS program, and frequently guest lecture in a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in the School of Nursing as well as interdisciplinarily. I serve on dissertation committees and have supervised diverse student research projects.

RESEARCH:

My area of expertise in research is intimate partner violence and sexual assault, with particular emphasis on the biobehavioral ramifications of these for young women’s health. I study the contributions of life experience, traumatic stress, environmental factors, and genetic variation to the symptom experiences of women who experienced intimate partner violence and/or reproductive coercion. This is work is necessarily cross-disciplinary and incorporates genetics and genomics, symptom management, intervention development, resilience and mental health studies.

SERVICE:

I am an active member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau Nursing honor Society, International Society of Nurses in Genetics, and Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International. I currently serve as the appointed Research Scientist for Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Assault with the VCU Institute for Women’s Health and on the Faculty Development Committee of the Academy on Violence and Abuse.

EDUCATION

  • B.A. - University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
    Studies in Women & Gender; English Literature
  • B.S.N. - University of Virginia , Charlottesville, VA
    Nursing
  • Ph.D. - University of California, San Francisco, CA
    Symptom Management Research
  • Postgraduate - Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
    Human and Molecular Genetics

AWARDS/HONORS

  • Advanced Practice Certification in Forensic Nursing, ANCC 2014
  • Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholars Program, 6th Cohort 2013-2016
  • Social Behavioral Research Award, VCU Institute for Women’s Health 2012
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Expert Convening: Defining Health
    Teen Relationships 2011
  • Graduate Dean’s Health Sciences Fellowship, University of California
    San Francisco 2010
  • Deloras Jones RN Scholarship, Kaiser Permanente of Northern California 2008-2009
    Award of Excellence: Best Student Research Poster, Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International 2007
  • Distinction: Qualifying Examination for Doctoral Candidacy, University
    of California San Francisco 2007

RESEARCH FUNDING

  • 2013-2016, Principal Investigator, Biobehavioral Study of Teen Dating Violence. Funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Award. Total costs: $350,000.
  • 2012-2013, Principal Investigator, Evaluation of Project Connect Training and Outcomes in a Sample of Family Planning and Public Health Care Providers. Funded by the Virginia Department of Health. Total costs: $20,000.
  • 2008-2010, Principal Investigator, Young Women's Experiences of Dating Abuse: A Multi-Method Analysis of the Relationships between Depression and Suicidal Ideation, Risky Behaviors, and Abuse in Dating Relationships. Funded by Soroptimist International of the Sierra Pacific Region. Total costs; $10,000
  • 2005-2008, Predoctoral Trainee, Young Women's Experiences of Dating Abuse: A Multi-Method Analysis of the Relationships between Depression and Suicidal Ideation, Risky Behaviors, and Abuse in Dating Relationships. Funded by National Institute of Nursing Research #2 T32 NR07088-10. Total costs: $68,293.
  • 2004, Co-Investigator, The Experience of Sexual Assault in Rural South Africa. Funded by University of Virginia International Health Scholars

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Montpetit, A. J.; Alhareeri, A. A.; Montpetit, M; Starkweather, A. R.; Elmore, L. W.; Filler, K.; Mohanraj, L.; Burton, C. W.; Menzies, V. S.; Lyon, D. E.; Jackson-Cook, C. K. (2014). Telomere Length: A Review of Methods for Measurement. Nursing Research, 63(4), 289-299 210.1097/NNR.0000000000000037
  • Burton, C. W., Halpern-Felsher, B., Rehm, R. S., Rankin, S., & Humphreys, J. C. (2013).
    "It was Pretty Scary": The Theme of Fear in Young Adult Women's Descriptions of a History of Adolescent Dating Abuse. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 34(11), 803-813. doi: 10.3109/01612840.2013.827286
  • Burton, C. W., Halpern-Felsher, B., Rankin, S. H., Rehm, R. S., Humphreys, J. C. (2011).
    Relationships and betrayal among young women: theoretical perspectives on adolescent dating abuse. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 67(6), 1393-1405. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2010.05565.x
  • Fredland, N.M., Burton, C. W. (2011) Teen dating violence. In J. Humphreys & J. C.
    Campbell (Eds.), Family Violence and Nursing Practice (2nd ed., pp. 225-252). New York: Springer. 10/2/201410/2/2014

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

  • Burton, CW. (2014) “A Biobehavioral Study of Dating Experiences in Young Women: the EMBODY Study” (peer reviewed podium presentation) AND “Violence as a Cause of Health Disparities: Teaching Diversity to Health Careers Students” (peer reviewed poster presentation), Academy on Violence and Abuse Members’ Meeting and Colloquium, Salt Lake City, UT; October 16-18
  • Burton, CW. (2013) “An Evaluation of Project Connect Training and Outcomes in a Sample of Family Planning and Public Health Care Providers,” National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health 21st Annual Congress: Women’s Health 2013, Washington, DC; March 22-24
  • Burton, CW. (2013) "It was very scary": Fear in young women's accounts of adolescent dating abuse,” (peer reviewed podium presentation) and “Developing a Research and Academic Career with a Focus on Violence,” (peer reviewed pre-conference institute faculty), Academy on Violence and Abuse 2013 Scientific Assembly, Bloomington, MN; April 18-20
  • Burton, CW. (2012) "Adolescent dating abuse, depression, and self-rated health among community-based, rural emerging adult women," (peer reviewed poster presentation) and “Developing a Research and Academic Career with a Focus on Violence,” (peer reviewed pre-conference institute faculty)National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence, San Francisco, CA; March 29-31
  • Burton, CW. (2012). “The Theme of Fear in Young Women’s Descriptions of Surviving Adolescent Dating Abuse,” National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health 20th Annual Congress: Women’s Health 2012, Washington, DC; March 16-18 (peer reviewed poster presentation)
  • Burton, CW. (2012). "'Keeping me under his thumb': Depression and self-rated health among rural women after adolescent dating abuse," (peer reviewed poster presentation); AND “Developing Research on Violence: A Two-Part Faculty Development Course,” (peer reviewed podium presentation) Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International, Charlottesville, VA; March 4-6
  • Burton, CW. (2011). “Developing Research on Violence: Faculty Development Course,” Academy on Violence and Abuse 2011 Scientific Assembly, Bloomington, MN; April 14-16 (preconference program)
  • Burton, CW (2011) “Young Women’s Experiences of Dating Abuse,” National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health 19th Annual Congress: Women’s Health 2011, Washington, DC; April 1-3 (peer reviewed poster presentation)
  • Burton, CW. (2009). “Silence in the Clouds: The Experience of Dating Abuse among Adolescent Girls," Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses’ Convention, San Diego, California; June 27-July 1  (peer reviewed poster presentation)