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  • Assistant Professor
  • College of Nursing
  • Department of Nursing
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Stephanie Armstrong, PhD, RN, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Future of Nursing Scholar alumna. Dr. Armstrong completed her BSN and MSN (Advanced Clinical Specialist in Women’s  & Infants’ Health) from George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Armstrong earned her PhD in Nursing Science from Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

Dr. Armstrong began her nursing career in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, where she practiced at one of the nation’s largest birthing facilities, Inova Fairfax Hospital’s Women’s Center. As a result of the broad diversity of the patients Dr. Armstrong worked with, she developed a passion for delivering culturally sensitive care. Providing nursing care for persons from across the globe with various socio-economic situations, also fostered Dr. Armstrong’s understanding of the importance of health equality and the need for advocacy for vulnerable populations. 

After completing her MSN, Dr. Armstrong was invited to teach nursing clinicals for her alma mater, GMU. It was there that she discovered her passion for teaching. Since that time, she has continued her work in academia and finds great joy in teaching and mentoring students. At MUSC, Dr. Armstrong teaches in-person and online courses in the undergraduate, and graduate, nursing programs. She also teaches an interprofessional course that she created to help healthcare professionals learn how to identify and appropriately respond to persons experiencing human trafficking.

Dr. Armstrong’s research foci surround human trafficking, women’s health and optimizing educational outcomes. In addition to presenting her scholarship at national and international conferences, Dr. Armstrong has been asked to provide insights on human trafficking legislation to members of Congress on Capitol Hill. She currently serves on several committees for HEAL Trafficking, an international organization that is the leading non-governmental authority on human trafficking as a health issue. 

Outside of her academic interests, Dr. Armstrong enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, relaxing at the beach or lake, and volunteering with organizations that assist children entering the foster care system and those who have experienced human trafficking.

Keywords: Women’s health, human trafficking, vulnerable populations