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Stephanie Armstrong RN, PhD

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  • Assistant Professor
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  • College of Nursing
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  • Department of Nursing
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Biography

Stephanie Armstrong, PhD, RN, is an Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing, and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Future of Nursing Scholar alumna. She teaches courses in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as an interprofessional course in her area of expertise, the intersection of human trafficking and healthcare. Dr. Armstrong received her BSN and MSN from George Mason University (GMU), and her PhD from Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). In addition to human trafficking, she also specializes in Women’s & Infants’ Health and Professional Issues in Nursing. 


Dr. Armstrong began her nursing career in Northern Virginia, practicing at Inova Fairfax Hospital’s Women’s Center, one of the nation’s largest birthing facilities. The cultural diversity of the patient population she worked with instilled in her a passion for health equality and the care of vulnerable populations. Dr. Armstrong was soon after invited to teach nursing clinicals for her alma mater, GMU. It was there that she discovered her passion for teaching and working with students. Since that time, she has held several academic appointments and finds great joy in mentoring future healthcare professionals. 

Dr. Armstrong’s research foci surround human trafficking and healthcare, as well as the education of healthcare professionals on this topic. 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 also currently serves on several committees for HEAL Trafficking and most recently was appointed to Chair the South Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force’s Healthcare Subcommittee. Locally, Dr. Armstrong is a member of the Tri-County Human Trafficking Task Force and collaborates with interdisciplinary professionals to guide prevention efforts and the community response to trafficked persons.


Outside of her academic interests, Dr. Armstrong enjoys spending time with family and friends, international travel, and volunteering with organizations that assist children entering the foster care system and those who have survived human trafficking.


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