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C. W. Burton, PhD, RN, AFN-BC, AGN-BC, FNAP
C. W. Burton, PhD, RN, AFN-BC, AGN-BC, FNAP

Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Dr. Candace W. Burton is an Associate Professor in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a former domestic violence advocate, and her research focuses on the biobehavioral and biological health effects of trauma, particularly intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Dr. Burton is a trained qualitative and mixed methodologist, and has published on intimate partner violence, young adult women’s health, cultural stressors, social media in nursing, and women’s reproductive health in the context of coercive and controlling relationships. 

She holds undergraduate degrees in Studies in Women and Gender and in Nursing from the University of Virginia, and PhD from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Burton is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in both Advanced Forensic and Advanced Genetics Nursing. Her current projects include comparative analysis of stress-related cytokines in blood and exhaled breath condensate among women affected by intimate partner violence; examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on violence and abuse; and developing strategies to provide trauma informed care to vulnerable populations. 

Dr. Burton’s innovative work has received both national and international attention from diverse audiences of advocates, researchers, and community-based care providers. She practices as a forensic nurse, and her research has been funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the UCI Initiative to End Family Violence, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation among others.

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