Ruth Ann Belknap
Office Phone

(414) 288-3027

Adult Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing

Highest Degree and Institution
Ph.D., Wayne State University

Brief Statement of Scholarly Interests
My program of research focuses on migration and health with an emphasis on Mexican immigrant women’s experiences. My current research explores dating relationships and dating violence perspectives of adolescent Latino/as.

Descriptive Titles of Courses Recently Taught

Selected Publications

Woda, A., Belknap, R.A., Haglund, K., & Sebern, M. (2014). Self-care behaviors of African Americans with heart failure: A photovoice project.  Heart, Lung & Blood: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care.

Belknap, R.A. (2014). Restorative hospitality on the U.S. Mexican border, Peace    Review: Journal of Social Justice, 26, 225-231

Belknap, R.A., Haglund, K., Felzer, H., Pruszynski, J., & Schneider, J. (2013).  A theater intervention to prevent teen dating violence for Mexican American middle school students. Journal of Adolescent Health, 53, 62-67.

Aschenbrenner, A. P., Winters, J. M. and Belknap, R.A. (2012). Integrative Review: Parent Perspectives on Care of Their Child at the End of Life. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 27, 514–522.

Foronda, C. and Belknap, R.A. (2012). Transformative learning through study abroad in low-income countries, Nurse Educator, 37(4), 157-161.

Foronda, C. and Belknap, R. A. (2012). Short of Transformation: American ADN Students’ Thoughts, Feelings, and Experiences of Studying Abroad in a Low-Income Country. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship,  9(1): 1-16.

Haglund, K., Belknap, R. A., and Garcia, J. T. (2012).Mexican American Female Adolescents’ Perceptions of Relationships and Dating Violence, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 44:3, 215–222.

Belknap, R.A. (2010). “As Time Goes by We Improve a Little More”: Relationship Expectations as Described by Young Women in Mexico. Health Care for Women International, 31(10), pp. 873 - 890.

Belknap, R.A. and VandeVusse, L. (2010).  “Listening sessions with Latinas:documenting life contexts and creating connections”,  Public Health Nursing, 27(4), 337-346.

Schumacher, A., Jaramillo, D., Uribe, T. DePheils, P., Holzemaer, W. Taylor, D., Tiwari, A., Canaval, G., Flores, M., Belknap, R. A., and Humphries, J. (2010). The Relationship of Two Types of Trauma Exposure to Current Physical and Psychological Symptom Distress in a Community Sample of Colombian Women: Why Interpersonal Violence Deserves More Attention. Health Care for Women International, 31(10), pp. 946 - 961.

Belknap, R.A. (2008). Crossing Borders in Search of the Mother Interdependence Across Time and Distance. Families in Society. 89(4).

Belknap, R.A. (2008). Teaching Social Justice Using a Pedagogy of Engagement. Nurse Educator. 33(1).

Belknap, R.A. & Cruz, N. (2007). When I was in my home I suffered a lot: Mexican women’s descriptions of abuse in family of origin. Healthcare for Women International, 28:506-522.

Grants or Awards

2014 Marquette Committee on Research, Summer Faculty Fellowship & Committee on Research, Regular Research Award A Pilot Test of an Online Intervention to Prevent TDV Among Latino/a Youth, Haglund, Co-PI with K. Haglund.                                                                               

2012 National Institutes of Health, Funding mechanism: R21 Mother-Daughter Joint Decision Making to Obtain the HPV       Vaccine, Co-Investigator with PI, Julia Lechuga PhD, University of Texas at El Paso.

2011 Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Sudden deportation: Intersections of immigration status, migration history, and life history of violence in women who have been deported from the U.S. to Mexico, R. Belknap, PI.

2010 Delta Gamma, Sigma Theta Tau Chapter Grant, “Perceptions of Interpersonal Dating Relationships and Violence.” Among Latino Adolescents and Parents

2010 American Nurses Foundation, project title Interrupting and Preventing                Peer Violence: A Theatre Based Interactive Intervention Urban Middle School Latinas:

2009 Summer Faculty Fellowship and Regular Research Grant MU, with Kristen Haglund PhD, RN, for research project titled, “Exploring Healthy Relationships With at Risk, Urban, Adolescent Girls: A Community Based, Photovoice Project.”

2009 MU College of Nursing Regner Research Award, project titled “Experiences        of Interpersonal Dating Violence Among Latina Adolescents” (co-investigator with K. Haglund)

2005 Delta Gamma, Sigma Theta Tau Chapter Grant, project title “Male- Female Relationships: Perceptions and Expectations of Young Mexican Women."

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