PhD, Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
MS, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, University of Pennsylvania
BS, Nursing, The College of New Jersey
Certification: Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
Specializations: Women’s Health, Immigrant Health, Sexual Violence, Health Equity, Qualitative Research Methods
My work is focused on women in transition, and how women’s movement across borders affects their health. In particular, I am interested in migrant/immigrant women’s experiences of sexual violence. My dissertation, titled Somos Hermanas del Mismo Dolor (We Are Sisters of the Same Pain): Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Narratives Among Mexican Immigrant Women Living in Philadelphia, was the first study to specifically examine intimate partner sexual violence among immigrant Latinas in the US. I have also worked on a community based participatory research project in Oregon examining the problem of workplace sexual violence among Mexican indigenous farmworkers, and partnered with a farmworker organization in Southern NJ to conduct oral histories of farmworker women.
Alexander, K., Dovydaitis, T., Beacham, B., Bohinski, J., Brawner, B., Clements, C., Everett, J., Gomes, M., Harner, H., McDonald, K., Pinkston, E., & Sommers, M. (2011). Learning health equity frameworks within a community of scholars. Journal of Nursing Education. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20110630-05.
Nelson, A., Lewy, R., Ricardo, F., Dovydaitis, T., & Kugel, C. (2011). Promotores as researchers: Expanding the promotor role in community-based research. Health Promotion Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1524839910380849
Nelson, A., Lewy, R., Ricardo, F., Kugel, C., Dovydaitis, T. & Mitchell, A. (2010). The utilization of Freire and discussion facilitation to elicit behavior change in a sexual violence and intimate partner violence prevention program. Health Promotion International, 25(3), 299-308.