Faculty Experts - Linda Copel, PhD, RN, CNS, BC, CNE, NCC, FAPA


Linda Copel, PhD, RN, CNS, BC, CNE, NCC, FAPA

Area of Expertise:

  • Mental Health
  • Partner Abuse
  • Family Dynamics
  • Bereavement


Dr. Copel has extensive experience providing counseling to individuals, couples, and families, especially those affected by family violence. She has studied partner abuse in both disabled and non-disabled women, focusing on verbal abuse, physical injuries, and the process of extrication from abusive situations. Additionally, she has researched the educational needs of nurses regarding partner abuse and how nurses can be of assistance to women experiencing abuse. She is nationally certified as a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric nursing, a group psychotherapist, a certified nurse educator, a family life educator and a bereavement counselor.


  • Ph.D., Texas Women's University
  • M.S.M.F.T., Texas Women's University
  • M.S.N., University of Texas at Arlington
  • B.S.N., University of Delaware

Selected Publications

  • Copel, L.C. (2010). Homeostasis, stress, and adaptation. In Suzanne Smeltzer, Brenda Bare, Janice L. Hinkle, Kerry H. Cheever (Eds.). Brunner and Suddarth's medical-surgical nursing (12th ed.) Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott.
  • Copel, L.C. (2007). "Spiritual distress: The lived experience of women in abusive relationships who sought spiritual guidance." Issues in Mental Health Nursing 29:115-130.
  • Copel, L.C. (2006). "Partner abuse in physically disabled women: A proposed model for understanding intimate partner violence." Perspectives in Psychiatric Care 42(2): 110-125.
  • Copel, L.C. (2006). "Confronting violence against women: Community and faith based strategies." In F.A. Eigo (Ed.). Proceedings of the 37th Theology Institute on Feminism in the Twenty-First Century: Vol.36. Villanova, PA: Villanova University Press.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Psychotherapist, private practice


  • Research grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation for The Lived Experience of Partner Abuse in Physically Disabled Women
  • Research Grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation for Patterns of Abuse in Physically Disabled Women
  • Research Grant from the College of Nursing Center for Nursing Research for An Investigation of the Occurrence of Situational Couple Violence in Women with Disabilities

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