Native American and Indigenous (NAI) peoples of the United States have long experienced poor health outcomes, high mortality rates and events of violence, and no population experiences violent acts more than those of murdered or missing Indigenous women (MMIW). A collaborative research team from Villanova’s Fitzpatrick College of Nursing (FCN) and Boston College recently examined MMIW data using a developmental framework.
The FCN students - junior Lily Nguyen, sophomore Aiden D'Souza, and junior Gurleen Sindhar - worked alongside mentor and scientist Professor Elizabeth Dowdell, PhD, RN, AFN-C, FAAN, coordinator of Undergraduate Research and a nationally recognized expert in trauma, violence and victimology who is certified in forensic nursing. Much of her scholarship focuses on children and adolescents. She led the FCN team on the research project, with the group of nursing faculty-student researchers from Boston College co-led by Professor Ann Burgess, DNSc, RN, FAAN and Assistant Professor Victor Petreca, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC, CNP.