Candace W. Burton, PhD, RN, AFN-BC, AGN-BC, FNAP, is an assistant professor in the Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing at the University of California, Irvine. She is a former domestic violence advocate, and her research focuses on the biobehavioral and biological health effects of intimate partner violence. She has a particular interest in genomic and epigenomic changes. Dr. Burton is also a trained qualitative and mixed methodologist and has published articles on intimate partner violence, young 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 a 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, and she sits on the board of the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International.
Jessica R. Williams, PhD, MPH, PHNA-BC, is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She is a board-certified advanced public health nurse with clinical training in both hospital and community health settings. Dr. Williams’s research is aimed at improving methods for the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices, particularly relative to the prevention of gender-based violence. She has conducted several studies on how healthcare facilities can best respond to situations of intimate partner violence and has evaluated interventions designed to increase the adoption of evidence-based practices by health and social service agencies. Dr. Williams is an active member of the Nursing Network for Violence Against Women International and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Dr. Williams’s teaching specializations include research and evidence-based practice methodology and public health nursing. She earned PhD, MSN, and MPH degrees from Johns Hopkins University and BSN and BA degrees from the University of Florida.
Tricia B. Bent-Goodley, PhD, MSW, is a professor of social work and director of the doctoral program at Howard University School of Social Work. Dr. Bent-Goodley also serves as the director of the Howard University Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program and chair/director of the University’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. Dr. Bent-Goodley’s research has focused on areas such as violence against women and girls, HIV prevention, and healthy relationship education. She has developed community and faith-based interventions in domestic violence and relationship education, with a focus on strengthening the Black family. Dr. Bent-Goodley has a passion for building solutions to improve the safety and viability of families, with a particular focus on the development of culturally competent interventions that build on the strengths of the community. She is the author/coauthor of three books in the areas of domestic violence and social policy. She serves as a consulting editor for several scholarly journals and in a number of local, state, and national elected and appointed leadership positions. For example, she is a member of the Prince Georges County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. She is a National Board Member for the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community. Formerly, she served as an administrator and clinical practitioner in Harlem and Queens County, New York. Dr. Bent-Goodley received her PhD in social policy, planning, and analysis from Columbia University and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania.