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Dr. Colbert is a Full Professor at the Duquesne University School of Nursing. She is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Public/Community Health with 15 years of experience in settings including jails, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, and community clinics.  She also conducts prenatal classes for incarcerated pregnant women. Dr. Colbert received her BA (in Journalism) from the University of Arizona, her MSN from the University of Texas at Austin, and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. Named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar in 2010, Dr. Colbert's clinical practice and research centers on health promotion in vulnerable populations. Her current research focuses on the development of an intensive care-management intervention to improve the health and well-being of women recently released from jail or prison. She has also been involved in research studies examining medication adherence for people living with HIV/AIDS, screening by nurses for interpersonal violence, and safe-sleep practices/SIDS prevention in high-risk populations. Colbert was also named the 2011 Junior Investigator by the Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association. In addition to her commitment to use nursing research and practice to improve care for the underserved, she is also very interested in the public policy issues related to health care for incarcerated women. 

Dr. Colbert teaches in the graduate programs in the School of Nursing, including the Graduate Forensic Nursing and PhD programs. She is active in several professional organizations including the International Association of Forensic Nurses (serving on the Education Committee) and APHA. She is a past-president of the Duquesne University School of Nursing's Sigma Theta Tau chapter and co-founder and co-chair of the Criminal Justice, Trauma, and Violence RIG of the Eastern Nurses Research Society. She serves as a reviewer for multiple journals, and an active member of her own community as a volunteer for organizations serving vulnerable women.


  • PhD, Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
  • MSN, Community/Public Health Nursing, University of Texas at Austin, 2002
  • BA, Journalism, University of Arizona, 1993


  • Public and community health
  • Forensic nursing
  • Campus based sexual assault
  • Disability in nursing education




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Duquesne University Center for African Studies, Loogman Grant 2023-2024
Project: The Healthcare Response to Violence Against Women in Kenya: Barriers and Facilitators to Forensic Nursing Care
Role: Co-PI
Amount: $5,000
Health Services Research Administration
Project: BSN-AID: Supporting Success for Second Degree Students 
Role: Project Director
Amount: $1.4 million

Health Services Research Administration
Project: Advanced Nursing Education – Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (ANE-SANE), Increasing the Number of SANEs via Digital Technologies: Adult/Adolescent and Pediatric
Role: Academic Coordinator
Amount: $1.5 million
Office for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice
Project: Campus SANE Network
Role: Project Director
Amount: $499,000
Henderson RL, Zoucha R, Colbert A, Braxter BJ. Exploring Cultural Factors of Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Acceptance in African Americans: An Integrative Review. J Transcult Nurs. 2022 Nov;33(6):723-731. doi: 10.1177/10436596221125899. Epub 2022 

Glasgow, M., & Colbert, A. M. (2022). Nursing's wicked problems: Partnering with academic leadership to develop solutions. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 46(4), 275-282. 

Ackers, S. M., Colbert, A. M., Fraley, H. E., & Schreiber, J. B. (2022). Exploring screening practices for child sexual abuse in school settings: an integrative review. The Journal of School Nursing, 10598405221112662.

Brown, A., Hellem, T., Schreiber, J., Buerhaus, P., & Colbert, A. (2022). Suicide and altitude: A systematic review of global literature. Public Health Nursing.

Sekula, L. K., Colbert, A. M., & Currie, M. (2022). Development of the Duquesne University School of Nursing Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Training Model. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 18(1), 39-45.

Lyons, R., Colbert, A., Browning, M., & Jakub, K. (2022). Urban greenspace use among adolescents and young adults: An integrative review. Public Health Nursing, 39(3), 700-718.

Karakachian, A., Colbert, A., Hupp, D., & Berger, R. (2021). Caring for victims of child maltreatment: Pediatric nurses’ moral distress and burnout. Nursing Ethics.
Orsatti, G. W., & Colbert, A. M. (2020). Sibling conflict over a parent's end-of-life care: A legal perspective. Nursing2020, 50(11), 17-20.

Brewer, A., Colbert, A. M., Sekula, K., & Bekemeier, B. (2020). A need for trauma informed care in sexually transmitted disease clinics. Public health nursing, 37(5), 696-704.

Colbert, A., & Kronk, R. (2020). Equity Access: Online Nursing Education on Care for People With Disabilities. Journal of Nursing Education, 59(6), 349-351.

Vogelstein, E., & Colbert, A. (2020). Normative nursing ethics: A literature review and tentative recommendations. Nursing Ethics, 27(1), 7-15.

DiCuccio, M. H., Colbert, A. M., Triolo, P. K., Schreiber, J. B., & Dean, B. (2020). Cracking the Code for Quality: The Interrelationships of Culture, Nurse Demographics, Advocacy, and Patient Outcomes. The Journal of Nursing Administration| JONA, 50(3), 152-158.

Lepianka, C., & Colbert, A. M. (2020). Characteristics and Healthcare Needs of Women who are Trafficked for Sex in the United States: An Integrative Literature Review. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 16(1), 6-15.

Kronk, R., Colbert, A. M., Smeltzer, S. C., & Blunt, E. (2020). Development of prelicensure nursing competencies in caring for people with disabilities through delphi methodology. Nurse Educator, 45(3), E21-E25.

Karakachian, A., & Colbert, A. (2019). Nurses' Moral Distress, Burnout, and Intentions to Leave: An Integrative Review. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 15(3), 133-142.

Colbert, A., & Kalarchian, M. (2019). Obesity, ethics, and healthcare: A patient-centered approach. Nursing2019, 49(7), 20-22.

Goshin, L. S., & Colbert, A. (2019). The health of incarcerated pregnant women: Some much needed data and beyond. American Journal of Public Health, 109(5), 657-658. (Peer reviewed comment on published article)

Valentine, J. L., Sekula, L. K., Cook, L. J., Campbell, R., Colbert, A., & Weedn, V. W. (2019). Justice denied: Low submission rates of sexual assault kits and the predicting variables. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 0886260516681881.

Glasgow, M. E., Colbert, A., Viator, J. and Cavanagh, S. (2018), The Nurse‐Engineer: A New Role to Improve Nurse Technology Interface and Patient Care Device Innovations. Journal of Nursing Scholarship.  doi:10.1111/jnu.12431

Turk, M. T., & Colbert, A. M. (2018). Using simulation to help beginning nursing students learn about the experience of poverty: A descriptive study. Nurse Education Today, 71, 174-179. 

Kolesar, A. L., & Colbert, A. M. (2018). What would you do if this were your mother? Nursing, 47(7), 11-13.

Goshin, L. S., Colbert, A. M., & Carey, J. F. (2018). An integrative review of nurse-authored research to improve health equity and human rights for criminal-justice-involved people. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 14(2).

Kramlich, D., Kronk, R., Marcellus, L., Colbert, A., & Jakub, K. (2018). Rural postpartum women with substance use disorders. Qualitative Health Research. doi 1049732318765720.

Cutilli, C. C., Simko, L. C., Colbert, A. M., & Bennett, I. M. (2018). Health literacy, health disparities, and sources of health information in US older adults. Orthopaedic Nursing, 37(1), 54-65.

Ea, E.E., Colbert, A., Turk, M., Dickson, V. (2018). An overview of hypertension among Filipino immigrants in the United States: Implications for research, practice, and health policy. Journal of Nursing Practice Applications & Reviews of Research, 8(1), 35-43.

Ea, E. E., Colbert, A., Turk, M., & Dickson, V. V. (2018). Self-care among Filipinos in the United States who have hypertension. Applied Nursing Research, 39, 71-76.

Kronk, R., Colbert, A., & Lengetti, E. (2018). Assessment of a competency-based undergraduate course on genetic and genomics. Nurse Educator.
Full List:
  • 2021 Pittsburgh Magazine Excellence in Nursing Awardee, Research
  • 2021 Duquesne University President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and School of Nursing Award for Excellence in Scholarship
  • 2018 Inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing
  • 2017 Journal of Forensic Nursing Clinical Article of the Year
  • 2016 Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award
  • 2013-2014 Fellow, American Association of Colleges of Nursing Leadership for Academic Nursing Program
  • 2013 Cribs for Kids Starfish Award (for Safe & Sound)
  • 2013 Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, District 6 Community Nurse Leader Award
  • 2010-2013 Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar
  • 2011 Junior Investigator Award, American Public Health Association