Ruth Ann Belknap
Associate Professor
Office Phone

(414) 288-3027

Specialization / Certification
ANCC – Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing

Highest Degree and Institution
Ph.D., Wayne State University

Brief Statement of Scholarly Interests
My program of research focuses on migration and health with an emphasis on Mexican immigrant women’s experiences. My current research explores dating relationships and dating violence perspectives of adolescent Latino/as.

Descriptive Titles of Courses Recently Taught

Selected Publications

Aschenbrenner, A. P., Winters, J. M. and Belknap, R.A. (2012). Integrative Review: Parent Perspectives on Care of Their Child at the End of Life. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 27, 514–522.

Foronda, C. and Belknap, R.A. (2012). Transformative learning through study abroad in low-income countries, Nurse Educator, 37(4), 157-161.

Foronda, C. and Belknap, R. A. (2012). Short of Transformation: American ADN Students’ Thoughts, Feelings, and Experiences of Studying Abroad in a Low-Income Country. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship,  9(1): 1-16.

Haglund, K., Belknap, R. A., and Garcia, J. T. (2012).Mexican American Female Adolescents’ Perceptions of Relationships and Dating Violence, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 44:3, 215–222.

Belknap, R.A.
(2010). “As Time Goes by We Improve a Little More”: Relationship Expectations as Described by Young Women in Mexico. Health Care for Women International, 31(10), pp. 873 - 890.

Belknap, R.A. and VandeVusse, L. (2010).  “Listening sessions with Latinas:documenting life contexts and creating connections”,  Public Health Nursing, 27(4), 337-346.

Schumacher, A., Jaramillo, D., Uribe, T. DePheils, P., Holzemaer, W. Taylor, D., Tiwari, A., Canaval, G., Flores, M., Belknap, R. A., and Humphries, J. (2010). The Relationship of Two Types of Trauma Exposure to Current Physical and Psychological Symptom Distress in a Community Sample of Colombian Women: Why Interpersonal Violence Deserves More Attention. Health Care for Women International, 31(10), pp. 946 - 961.

Belknap, R.A. (2008). Crossing Borders in Search of the Mother Interdependence Across Time and Distance. Families in Society. 89(4).

Belknap, R.A. (2008). Teaching Social Justice Using a Pedagogy of Engagement. Nurse Educator. 33(1).

Belknap, R.A. & Cruz, N. (2007). When I was in my home I suffered a lot: Mexican women’s descriptions of abuse in family of origin. Healthcare for Women International, 28:506-522.

Grants or Awards

2010 Delta Gamma, Sigma Theta Tau Chapter Grant, “Perceptions of Interpersonal Dating Relationships and Violence.” Among Latino Adolescents and Parents

2010 American Nurses Foundation, project title Interrupting and Preventing                Peer Violence: A Theatre Based Interactive Intervention Urban Middle School Latinas:

2009 Summer Faculty Fellowship and Regular Research Grant MU, with Kristen Haglund PhD, RN, for research project titled, “Exploring Healthy Relationships With at Risk, Urban, Adolescent Girls: A Community Based, Photovoice Project.”

2009 MU College of Nursing Regner Research Award, project titled “Experiences        of Interpersonal Dating Violence Among Latina Adolescents” (co-investigator with K. Haglund)

2005 Delta Gamma, Sigma Theta Tau Chapter Grant, project title “Male- Female Relationships: Perceptions and Expectations of Young Mexican Women."

Professional Memberships




The Marquette Neighborhood Health Center

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