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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Angela Frederick Amar, Ph.D., PMHCNS, BC, FAAN

associate professor


Cushing Hall 425


  • Ph.D. - University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  • B.S.N.; M.S.N. - Louisiana State University School of Nursing

Traumatic experiences and mental health responses; intimate partner violence and forced sex; trauma experiences in women of color; help seeking behaviors

Dr. Amar’s research focuses on traumatic experiences, especially violence, mental health responses to trauma, and aspects of forensics nursing. Her research trajectory focuses on understanding traumatic  experiences and responses in adolescent and young adult females. She is also interested in differential effects of trauma in women of color. Research outcomes are the identification of victims and potential victims so that services and resources to manage and avoid  experiencing trauma and violence are received. Previous research has examined violence within the dating experiences of college women and  associated physical injury, mental health symptoms, healthcare received, and changes to routines, behaviors and daily life. Her research involves understanding help seeking behavior associated with disclosure and reporting of interpersonal violence.


  • 2011- Writing Award for Excellence in Nursing Research, Journal of Forensic Nurses
  • 2011 Participant, Wye Facility Seminar, Aspen Institute
  • 2010 - Distinguished Fellow, International Association of Forensic Nurses
  • November 2010 - Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
  • 2010-present – Associate editor, Journal of Forensic Nursing

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  • Amar, A., Bess, R., & Stockbridge, J. L. (2010). Lessons from Families and Communities About Interpersonal Violence, Victimization, and Seeking Help. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 6(3), 110-120.
  • Amar, A., & Alexy, E. M. (2010). Coping with Stalking. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 31, 8-14.
  • Amar, A., Proctor, N. (2010) Towards innovation and a Partnership Future for Mental Health Nursing. Contemporary Nurse, 34(2), 131-133.
  • Amar, A. F. (2010). Reporting of Forced Sex by African American College Women: Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior. Journal of the National Black Nurses Association, 20, (2) 13-19.
  • Laughon, K., Amar, A., Sheridan, D. J., Anderson, S. (2010) In J. Humphreys & J. C. Campbell (Eds.), Legal and forensic nursing responses to family violence (2nd ed., pp. 367-380). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

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