Ruth Ann Belknap, Ph.D., RN

Ruth Ann Belknap
Ruth Ann Belknap, Ph.D., RNMarquette University

Clark Hall, 327

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3027

Professor of Nursing

Highest Degree

Ph.D., Wayne State University


Courses Taught

  • HEAL 1025 - Culture and Health
  • HEAL 1931 - Migration and Health: Mexico and the U.S..
  • HEAL 6931 – Health Issues in the Urban Latino Immigrant Population
  • NURS 8010 – Vulnerable Populations

Research 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.

Professional Affiliations

  • Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Delta Gamma Chapter
  • National Association of Hispanic Nurses
  • Wisconsin Nurses Association/American Nurses Association
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society


Adult Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing

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 A.D.N. 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.


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 Ph.D., 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 Ph.D., 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."