Associate Professor, Health & Community Systems
School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh
Rose E. Constantino, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN, FACFE, is Associate Professor and Fulbright Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Department of Health and Community Systems. She teaches Forensic Nursing based on the content of a book she co-authored “Forensic Nursing: Evidence-based Principles and Practice” published by F. A. Davis in 2013. Her pro bono family law practice representing clients in court is founded on her research on the consequences of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) on the health, safety and well-being of women, men and children worldwide. Her current research is in evaluating the effectiveness of online and mobile delivery of health interventions to survivors of IPV as a disruptive innovation (HELPP Zone app) in building healthy relationships and preventing intimate partner violence. She is a 2016 Fulbright Scholar, 2016 Sigma Theta Tau International GNLA Mentor and 2016 ANA Jessie M. Scott awardee.
I started to teach public health nursing and psychiatric-mental health nursing as soon as I completed my Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree in 1962 at the Adventist University of the Philippines (formerly Philippine Union College). I then taught psychiatric mental health nursing at Spring Grove State Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and at Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh. In 1971, I taught psychiatric mental health nursing at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing after receiving my Master’s (1971) and PhD (1979) degrees. I completed my law degree in1984 (evening program) while teaching psychiatric mental health nursing. I continued to teach undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing since 1971 up to the present. My teaching experience relates to my psychiatric mental health nursing experience, family law practice and research studies on health outcomes of women who experience intimate partner violence (IPV) and women whose spouse committed suicide. I guest lecture on the ethical and legal issues in nursing practice and in the role of nurses, family health nursing, continuing education for nurses, lawyers and physicians in caring for women and girls in IPV. Currently, I teach several courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs: Fundamentals of Legal Nurse Consulting and Forensic Nursing; Advanced Forensic Nursing; Legal Nurse Consulting and Forensic Nursing Practicum; Forensic Psychiatric Mental Health, Correctional Nursing; and Independent Study. These are all Web-Based/Web-Supported courses, conducive to students’ learning and work scheduling needs. I have developed a Certificate Program in Forensic Nursing as a global project.