Dr. Khlood F. Salman
School of Nursing
Associate Professor, Fulbright awardee and inter-religious dialogue advocate
I do my best to serve students, the Pittsburgh community and to live the Duquesne mission. Serving God by serving students is my first priority."
Dr. Salman first arrived in Pittsburgh from Iraq to start her graduate work in 1983. She has been a faculty member at Duquesne since 2007.
She isn't the only member of her family with a Duquesne connection. Both of her daughters graduated from Duquesne, Lana with a psychology degree in 2013 and Daniea with an international relations degree earlier this month.
Dr. Salman was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship in 2016 to research the impact of culture and religion on breast cancer prevention among Muslim women in Saudi Arabia. "Breast cancer is something that women there don't want to discuss-they keep it private. I proposed to go to Mecca-a very Islamic, conservative city and the holiest city of Islam-to understand how women there perceive breast cancer prevention."
"When you are in love with your research, than you will be successful. If you don't like it, you will not be successful," is a motto Dr. Salman lives by. She works to teach her students the fundamentals of research and to also think differently about how to formulate and answer their research questions. A big component of that is for her students to find out what they are interested in and what drives them.
In addition to her work as a nursing professor, mentor and researcher, Dr. Salman actively works to promote inter-religious dialogue on campus and in Pittsburgh. She also works very closely with refugees in conjunction with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services and other local organizations, helping refugees to get adjusted to their new life here. This began with assisting Iraqi refugees but has grown to include any new immigrants coming to Pittsburgh.
"When people come here they are scared. There are so many things these newcomers need to understand about this country. Adjusting to the system is very difficult."