Title/Position: Assistant ProfessorProfile:
Sarah L. Lawson, PhD, RN, CEN, SANE-A
UM School of Nursing & Health Studies
M. Christine Schwartz Center for Nursing Education
Telephone: (305) 284-8655
Doctoral of Philosophy Program, University of Virginia School of Nursing, 2006
MSN, Focus: Critical Care/ Concentration: Emergency Nursing/Forensics, University of Virginia School of Nursing, 1996
BSN, University of Virginia School of Nursing, 1992
AS in Nursing, Kauai Community College, 1985+
Certificate and Licensure
Registered Nurse #28585/ STATE OF HAWAII: 1985-1991
Registered Nurse #001121310/ COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA: October 1990
Certified Emergency Nurse – CEN/ EMERGENCY NURSES ASSOCIATION: Fairfax, VA: 1994 to 1998; 2007 to present.
Basic Life Support / KAUAI COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Lihue, HI: 1983 to Present
Pediatric Advanced Life Support – PALS/ UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA LIFE SUPPORT LEARNING CENTER: Charlottesville, VA: 1992 to Present
Trauma Nurses Core Course –TNCC/ UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA LIFE SUPPORT LEARNING CENTER: Charlottesville, VA: 1992 to Present
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner –SANE/ FAIRFAX INOVA HEALTH SYSTEM: 1993 to Present
Certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Adult and Adolescent - SANE-A/ INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FORENSIC NURSING: 2007 to Present
Advanced Cardiac Life Support – ACLS/ UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA LIFE SUPPORT LEARNING CENTER: Charlottesville, VA: 1994 to Present
Emergency Medical Technician – EMT-A/ COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA: 1993 to 2005
Hazardous Materials Awareness/ DEPARTMENT OF FIRE PROGRAMS: 1994
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing – CISD/ VIRGINIA OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES: 1995
Emergency Medical Technician – Cardiac – EMT-C/ COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA: 1996 to 2003
Vehicle Extrication/ VIRGINIA VOLUNTEER RESCUE SQUAD ASSOCIATION: 1996
Research Awards and Grants
Department of Criminal Justice, Violence Against Women (V-STOP) Grant, $24,000, 1997.
Department of Criminal Justice, Violence Against Women (V-STOP) Grant, $9,500, 1998.
University of Virginia Women’s Center Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Grant for Education Program, 2000.
Department of Criminal Justice, Violence Against Women (V-STOP) Grant, 2003.
University of Virginia Women’s Auxiliary Award 2000.
Emergency Medicine Foundation/Emergency Nursing Association Physician Nurse Collaboration Award 2000-2001. $10,000. Riviello, R, Anderson SL.
Ruth L. Kirschstein Research Service Award Predoctoral Fellow (F31) 5F31NR008668-03
University of Virginia School of Esminger Nursing Faculty Student Research Award 2003
National Institute of Justice Award # 2000-IJ-CX-K013. Sperm Selection System for Forensic DNA male component (2002 to 2004) System for Forensic DNA of Male Component.
University of Virginia School of Nursing Student/Faculty Research Award 2004
University of Virginia Center for Global Health Scholars Award 2004
University of Virginia Huskey Research Award Third Place 2005
National Institute of Justice Award # 2000-IJ-CX-K013 Sperm Paint Optimization and Validation (2004 to 2006)
University of Virginia Huskey Research Award Second Place 2007
University of Virginia School of Nursing Student/Faculty Research Award 2007
Anderson, S. ENA Foundation STTI Research Award 2008- 2009. $5,000. Changes in Genital Injuries in Women Based on Skin Color after Consensual Intercourse.
Anderson, S., Snyder, A., & Annan, S. Motivations for Seeking Emergency Department Care among Rural and Urban Patients. (HSR 13682). NIH/NINR, 5 P20 NR009009-05 Merwin, B. (PI). $25, 943 (7/01/2008-6/30/2009). The specific aims of this study are to: (1) generate new knowledge of patient use of emergency department services by comparing and contrasting urban and rural patients’ service use patterns, access to care, and clinical outcomes (admitted, transferred or discharged) and (2) determine feasibility of recruiting participants and collecting data of interest. Role: Principle Investigator.
Anderson, S. & Laughon, K. University of Virginia School of Nursing Intramural Grant Landford Award 2009-2010 (PI). $8,241.50. Differentiating Accidental and Intentional Injuries the Elderly Population
Virginia Network of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners: Virginia Standards of Practice for Sexual Assault
Nurse Examiners, 1998
Virginia Network of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners: Virginia Standards of Practice for Pediatric
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, 1999
Anderson SL, Birch L. Why should I go to the emergency room, in Kaplan CN (ed): A Guide to Surviving
Sexual Assault: a handbook for Survivors, 2nd edition, Charlottesville: T & N Printing, 1999, p. 4.
Anderson SL, Ross PA (2003). Forensic Evaluations for Sexual Abuse in the Prepubescent Child. GW
Medical Publishing. Maryland Heights, MO
Editing: Professional response to Sexual Assault in Virginia. VAASA guide. 2002
Parker B, Steeves R, Anderson SL, Moran B (2004). Uxoricide: a phenomenological study of adult
survivors. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 25(2):133-45
Anderson S. McClain N. Riviello RJ (2006). Genital findings of women after consensual and
nonconsensual intercourse. Journal of Forensic Nursing. 2(2): 59-65
Anderson S. Parker B. & Bourguignon (2009) Changes in Genital Injury Patterns over Time in
Women after Consensual Intercourse. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal.31(3):236-247
Anderson S. Parker B. & Bourguignon (2009) Predictors of Genital Injury After Nonconsensual
Intercourse. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine.15(5):306-11
Sudir A, Anderson SL, & Brady W (2010). Pediatric Sexual Assault: Evaluation in the Emergency
Department. In R.J. Riviello (Ed.), Manual of Forensic Medicine: A/ Guide for Clinicians. Jones and Bartlett Publishers. Sudbury, MA
Laughon K, Amer A, Sheridan DJ & Anderson SL (2010). Legal and forensic nursing responses to family
violence. In family violence and nursing practice (2nd ed.). New York: Springer Publishing Company.