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Holly M. Harner, Ph.D., MBA, MPH, CRNP, WHCNP-BC

Assistant Professor and Director, Master of Public Health Program

E-mail:harner@lasalle.edu

Phone:215.951.1865

Office:St. Benilde Tower 3339

Dr. Harner is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program. She is also a women’s health nurse scientist and a nationally certified Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner (WHCNP-BC). She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (2001) in the area of forensic mental health; and she completed additional training, receiving a Master of Public Health (MPH) focusing in Family and Community Health, at the Harvard School of Public Health (2002). Throughout her career, Dr. Harner has focused her research and clinical practice on women undergoing extraordinary stress: inpatient psychiatric treatment, adolescent pregnancy, pregnancy termination, and incarceration. She recently completed one year of post-doctoral training as a fully-funded Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Harner’s scholarship addresses gender-related health disparities with a specific emphasis on women’s mental health and violence. She is particularly interested in examining the role of childhood physical and sexual trauma as a pathway to incarceration for women. Ultimately, she aims to develop evidenced-based, gender-responsive, and trauma-informed programs and policies that address the complex health needs of women exposed to extraordinary stress including incarcerated women, women in shelters, female veterans, and internally displaced women.

Areas of Expertise

Women’s health
Women and incarceration
Violence prevention

 

Education

Post-Doctoral Training- Center for Health Equity Research (CHER), University of Pennsylvania 
MPH–Concentration in Maternal and Child Health, Harvard School of Public Health
MBA–Business Administration, La Salle University
Ph.D.–Nursing–Concentration in Forensic Mental Health, University of Pennsylvania 
MSN–Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner, University of Pennsylvania 
BSN–Gwynedd Mercy College
ASN–Gwynedd Mercy College

 

Fellowships

National Institute of Health (NIH) National Research Service Award Institutional Research Training Grant (T32), University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing.  International Center for Research on Vulnerable Women, Children and Families, Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2009-2010.

United States Department of Maternal and Child Health, Federal Training Grant, Harvard School of Public Health, Maternal-Child Health Fellowship, 2001-2002.

National Institute of Health (NIH) National Research Service Award Institutional Research Training Grant (T32), University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing.  International Center for Research on Vulnerable Women, Children and Families, Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2000-2001.

Certifications

National Certification—Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner (NCC)

Teaching

PHLT 540: Introduction to Public Health: Concepts of Health and Disease
PHLT 556: Reproductive Health for the Public Health Practitioner
PHLT 557: Women, Gender, and Public Health
PHLT 615: Violence Prevention and Control
NUR 663: Primary Care of Women

 

Past/Present Funded Research Grants

Principal Investigator, “Gender and Racial Disparities in Income and Expenses in Pennsylvania Prisoners,” Kelly Social Justice Research Center, funded $1000.00, 2012-2013.

Principal Investigator, “Focus Groups on the Physical and Mental health Conditions of Incarcerated Women,” American Nurses Foundation (ANF) Scholar/Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS), funded $3,455.00, 2010-2011.

Principal Investigator, “The Effect of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder on Cardiovascular Risk in Incarcerated Women,” Sigma Theta Tau Xi Chapter, University of Pennsylvania, funded $1,689.00, 2010-2011.

Principal Investigator, “The Experience of Grief and Loss Among Incarcerated Women.” Research Expense Grant, Boston College, funded $1,450, 2005-2006.

Principal Investigator, “Reducing Cardiovascular Risk in Incarcerated Women: A Meditation and Yoga Based Approach,” Research Incentive Grant, Boston College, funded $14,975, 2003-2004.

Principal Investigator, “The Prenatal and Obstetric Outcomes of Teenagers with Adult and Peer Age Partners,” American Nurses Foundation (ANF). Germaine S. Krysner, R.N. Scholar, funded $ 2,300, 2000-2001.

Principal Investigator, “The Prenatal and Obstetric Outcomes of Teenagers with Adult and Peer Age Partners,” Baxter Foundation for the Study of Violence and Victimization, funded $2,000, 2000-2001.

Principal Investigator, “The Prenatal and Obstetric Outcomes of Teenagers with Adult and Peer Age Partners,” Sigma Theta Tau Xi Chapter, University of Pennsylvania, funded $1,000, 2000-2001.

Articles

Harner, H.M., Budescu, M., (In Press). Sleep quality and risk for sleep apnea in incarcerated women. Nursing Research. 

Harner, H.M., & Riley, S. (2013). Factors contributing to poor physical health in incarcerated women: Responses from incarcerated women. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 24(2):788-801. 
                        
Harner, H.M., Budescu, M., Gillihan, S., Riley, S., & Foa, E. (2013). Posttraumatic stress disorder in incarcerated women: A call for evidence-based treatment. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

Harner, H.M., & Riley, S. (2013). The impact of incarceration on women’s mental health: Responses from women in a maximum security prison. Qualitative Health Research. 23, 26-42.

Alexander, K., Dovydaitis, T., Beacham, B., Bohinski, J., Brawner, B., Clements, C., Everett, J., Gomes, M., Harner, H.M., McDonald, C., Pinkston, E., & Sommers, M. (2011). Learning health equity frameworks within a community of scholars. Journal of Nursing Education. 50, 569-74.

Harner, H.M. & Burgess, A.W. (2011). Providing trauma informed women’s health care to incarcerated women. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. 40, 469-476.

Harner, H.M., Hentz, P., & Evangelista, M.C. (2011). Grief interrupted: The experience of loss among incarcerated women. Qualitative Health Research. 21, 454-464.

Harner, H.M., Hanlon, A. & Garfinkel, M. (2010). The effect of Iyengar yoga on the mental health of incarcerated women: A feasibility study. Nursing Research. 59, 389-399.

Harner, H.M. (2005). Childhood sexual abuse, teenage pregnancy, and partnering with adult men: Exploring the relationship. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 43(8), 20-28.

Harner, H.M. & McCarter-Spaulding, D. (2004). Teenage mothers and breastfeeding at delivery: Does paternal age make a difference? Journal of Human Lactation. 20, 404-408

Harner, H.M. (2004). Domestic violence and trauma care in teenage pregnancy: Does paternal age make a difference? Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. 33, 312-319.

Harner, H.M. (2004). Relationships between incarcerated women: Moving beyond stereotypes. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services.42(1), 38-46.

Harner, H.M. (2003). Sexual Violence and Adolescents. Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA).

Burgess, A.W., Harner, H. M. Baker, T., Hartman, C. & Lole, C. (2001). Batterer stalking patterns. Journal of Family Violence, 16, 309-321.

Harner, H.M., Burgess, A.W. & Asher, J. (2001). Medical-legal issues for nurses caring for pregnant teenagers. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 30, 139-147.

Burgess, A.W., & Harner, H.M. (1999). Forensic evaluation for maternal reunification. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 37(3), 23-27.

Book Chapters

Harner, H.M., Hentz, P., & Evangelista, M.C. (2012). Exemplar: Grief interrupted: The experience of loss among incarcerated women. In P. Munhall (Eds.), Nursing research: A qualitative perspective (pp. 205-222). Subdbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Harner, H.M. (2003). Care of the adult sexual assault victim. In A. Giardino, E. Datner, & J. Asher (Eds.) Sexual Assault: Victimization Across the Lifespan. Missouri; G.W. Medical Publishing, Inc.

Harner, H.M. (2003). The relationship between domestic violence and child abuse. In A. Giardino & E. Giardino (Eds.), Nursing Approach to the Evaluation of Child Maltreatment. Missouri; G.W. Medical.


Holly Harner, Ph.D.,  MPH, CRNP, WHCNP-BC
Holly Harner, Ph.D., MBA, MPH, CRNP, WHCNP-BC
Assistant Professor and Director

Master of Public Health Program
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