Duquesne University School of Nursing
Dr. L. Kathleen Sekula joined the School of Nursing in 1998 and serves on the undergraduate and graduate faculty as a Psychiatric Mental Health expert. Her research interests include care of the sexual assault victim, trauma informed care, and other forensic areas. She received her BSN from Duquesne University, and her MSN and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, and obtained a certificate in Forensic Science from The Cyril H. Wecht Institute for Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University School of Law.
Dr. Sekula developed one of the first Masters of Science Programs offering a specialty in Forensic Nursing. In early 2001, because of her expertise in psychiatry, she was asked to develop a graduate program that would interface with The Wecht Institute Certificate program. Subsequently Dr. Sekula applied for and received two program grants from The Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA): the first grant was awarded in September of 2003 in the amount of $820,428, and a second was awarded in 2006 in the amount of $912,421. These grants helped to make the forensic graduate programs among the most popular programs at Duquesne University and throughout the forensic nursing community. The graduate MSN forensic programs have grown to include DNP and PhD programs.
She has been honored as a pioneer in forensic nursing by the International Association of Forensic Nurses Virginia Lynch Award, served as President and member of the Forensic Nurse Certification Board, as a member of the International Journal of Forensic Nursing Editorial Board, and as a member of the IAFN Board of directors. Dr. Sekula was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2011.
Wednesday, September 11
3:45 PM – 4:15 PM