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Dr. Salman earned her Master's Degree in Medical-Surgical Nursing (School of Nursing) and her Doctoral Degree in Epidemiology of Chronic Disease (Graduate School of Public Health) from the University of Pittsburgh. She has extensive clinical experience in acute and chronic care including organ transplantation. Prior to joining the faculty of Duquesne University School of Nursing as an Assistant Professor, she held positions as a staff nurse, home care nurse and most recently at a Medicaid managed health organization (MHO) as a community health nurse. Dr. Salman's expertise in nursing, public/community health, and Middle Eastern culture has led her to a research focus on disease prevention and health promotion with a particular interest in women's health and vulnerable populations. Dr. Salman's funded research has included minority, immigrant and refugee populations, international/global health, environmental health, interreligious (interfaith) dialogue, and technology in education. In 2016, Dr. Salman was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for six months in Saudi Arabia to share her research and teaching expertise.

Dr. Salman has presented her research nationally and internationally. Her most recent publication includes, "Understanding Jordanian Women's Values and Beliefs Related to Breast Cancer: A Focused Ethnography". In 2017, she contributed to the development of the Global Health Program at Duquesne University.

Dr. Salman's expertise is sought after by many community agencies. She serves as a member in various interdisciplinary community organizations in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area such as the Allegheny County Immunization Coalition and the Braddock Primary Health Clinic. Dr. Salman is one of the original members of the Refugee Mentoring Task Force established by the Department of Human Services in the Allegheny County. She works directly with the refugee settlement agencies in the city of Pittsburgh. She is also a member of the Epidemiology Super Course developed by Public health professionals at the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.


Dr PH, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, 2001
MSN, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, 1986
BSN, College of Nursing, University of Baghdad, 1976


  • Breast cancer and cervical cancer prevention among minority women
  • Immigrant and refugee women's health promotion and disease prevention
  • Global and international health studies
  • Environmental health
  • Interfaith dialogue studies


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Grants Funded

Fapohunda, Abi & Salman, K. (2013). The perception of healthy eating and physical activities among middle school age children. (Funded by Atena organization in 2013 for $60,000)

Salman. K., Zoucha, R., & Nawafleh, H. Understanding the Values and Beliefs Related to Breast Cancer, Early Detection, and Mammography Screening in Women Living in Ma'an City-Jordan (A collaborative research funded by Duquesne University School of Nursing/ Faculty Development Fund in 2012- $5000, and Princess Aisha Bint Al-Hussien College of Nursing/Al-Hussein Bin Talal University approximately $4000 for housing and transportation, a grant total of $9000)

Koharchik, L., Salman. K., Hardy, E., & Mayle, K. Evidence-Based Initiative to Improve Influenza Immunization Participation among Undergraduate Students Nurses. (Funded by Duquesne University School of Nursing in 2011 - $5000).

Principal Investigator: Salman, K., Iwuchukwu, M., & Hascall, S. The Impact of Negative Dialogue Between Jews, Christians, and Muslims on People's Health in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Region. (Funded by the Office of Research at Duquesne University in 2011 - $1500)

Principle Investigator: Salman, K. A study of the health beliefs and practices related to cancer screening in, and a health education needs assessment of, a sample of Arab Muslim women". (Funded by seed money from School of Nursing, about $500)

Educational Grant

Salman, K. (2013-2014). Contemporary public health issues in Africa. Faculty Course Development
Grant ($1500).

Peer Reviewed Articles

Salman, K. & Resick, L. (2014). Description of the meaning of health among Iraqi women Refugee during the resettlement process. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. DOI10.1007/s10903-014-0035-6.

Wolf, K.M., Zoucha, R. McFarland, M., Salman, K., Dagne, A. and Hashi, N. Somali Immigrant Perceptions of Mental Health and Illness: An Ethnonursing Study (2014). Journal of Transcultural Nursing. DOI: 10.1177/10436596145504

Guimond M.E. & Salman, K.(2013) Modesty Matters: Cultural Sensitivity and Cervical Cancer Prevention
in Muslim Women in the United States, Nursing for Women's Health,17(3); Pages 210-217.

Koharchik, L. S., Hardy, E., & Salman, K. (2012). Evidence-based initiative to improve influenza immunization participation among undergraduate nursing students. Journal of Infection Prevention,13 (6): 186-191. doi: 10.1177/1757177412462494

Koharchik, L. S., Salman, K., Hardy, E., & Mayle-Towns, K. (2012). Influenza immunization status among nursing students. Journal of Infection Prevention.12 (3): 84-87. doi:10.1177/1757177412442433

Salman, K. (2012). Health beliefs and practices related to cancer screening among Arab Muslim women in an urban community. Health Care for Women International. 33 (1): 44-74.

Shishani, K., Allen, C., Shubnikov, E., Salman, K., LaPorte, R., & Linkov, K. (2012). Nurse establishing new venues in global nursing education. Journal of Professional Nursing. 28(2):132-4. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2011.11.008.

Salman, K., & Zoucha, R. (2010). Considering faith when caring for the terminally ill Muslim patient and family. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing.12 (3): 156-163. (Considered for CE).

Salman, K. & LaPorte, R. (2009) The Epidemiology of Lower Extremity Amputation in Amman-Jordan. Jordanian Medical Journals 44 (1):72-87.


Book Chapters

Salman, K. (2012). Religious violence as a public health disease from an epidemiological perspective. In Iwuchukwu, M. & Stiltner, B. (Ed). Christian-Muslim Dialogue in the United States and Africa: Theological, Political, and Social Challenges. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press.

Non Peer Reviewed Articles

Periodic publications ( 2002-2007) in the Gateway Clinical Times (physicians newsletter) and Gateway to Health (member newsletter) regarding different preventive health topics (e.g. immunizations, breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and lead poisoning among children), 4-6 issues/year.

Salman, K. (2006). Applying the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) to increase breast cancer screening rates among Medicaid women. (the study was published in Gateway Provider Newsletter in 2007)


Professional Service/Journal/Book/Reviewer

  • Reviewer to the Journal of Racial and Ethnic health Disparities (since 2015)
  • Reviewer to World Medical & Health Policy Journal (since 2012)
  • Reviewer to the Transcultural Nursing Society Journal (since 2011)
  • Reviewer to the International Qualitative Health Research Journal (QHR) (since 2011)
  • Reviewer to Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health (since 2013)
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition. Pearson Publisher (since 2012)
  • Promoting Healthy Behavior: Handbook for Clinical Practice (2012). JBL Publishing comp.
    (Reviewed two chapters; Physical Activities and Responsible Sexual Behavior)
  • Healthy Eating, Physical Exercise, Sexual Behavior and STD Chapters (2012). Person Publishing,
    Hale, D. (2010). An Invitation to Health. California: Wadsworth.


Scholarly Presentations (Last 5 years)

(National) Salman, K. Biannual Interreligious Symposium. Sept. 2014. Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

(Local) Panel Presentation: How to engage students in diversity in the class room - Sept, 2015. Duquesne University

(Local) Salman, K. (invited). Ethical Principles & the Islamic Traditions- Ethical Symposium conducted by Pittsburgh Consortium Ethic Program on March 12, at Laroche University. Pittsburgh, PA.

(Local) Salman, K. (invited). March, 2014 Cultural competency training to the Maternity and child care of the Allegheny County health department -Pittsburgh (Hosanna House), PA.

(Local) Salman, K. (invited) Dec. 2013. Cultural Competency Training.

(Local) Salman, K. (invited). March, 2012. Cultural Competency Training. Department of Health and Human Services at the Allegheny County. Pittsburgh, PA.

(Local) Salman, K. (invited). April, 2011. Health Beliefs and Practices Related to Cancer Screening in, and a Health Education Needs Assessment of, a Sample of Arab Muslim Women". The Third Annual Muslim Women Conference at the Islamic center of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, PA.


Peer Reviewed (Last 5 years)

(International) Salman, K., Zoucha, R. & Nawfli, H. (2015). Understanding Jordanian Women's Cultural Values and Beliefs Related to Breast Cancer: A Focused Ethnography. The 17th . International Conference on Nursing and Health care, Dubai. Dec.2015

(International) Salman, K. (2013). Paper presentation. Muslim Arab women perception related to cancer screening. Transcultural Nursing Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 21, 2013.

(International) Salman, K. & Resick, L. (paper presentation). The Meaning of Health Among Iraqi Women During Resettlement in the United States. The International Qualitative Health Research Conference, Vancouver- Canada, October, 25th, 2011.

2019 - Presidential Summer Scholarship Award to work on her paper titled "Community Health and Wellness Fair: A strategy for Inclusion and Engagement of Refugee and Immigrant Populations in their Communities"

Nomination to be a board member in the Islamic center of Pittsburgh

Nomination to be a member in the Advisory Council of the DHS

Selected by the Allegheny County Immunization Coalition (ACIC) to be the next featured coalition member on the ACIC website ( from April through June 2012.

Selected by the ACIC to represent the coalition in the 10th National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalition, on May 23-24, 2012 in Louisiana, New Orleans.

Award of five year services in the Allegheny County Immunization Coalition, 2011.

Awards of Service from the Center of Minority Health at the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh (2007).

Recognition of five years of services for the National Minority Health Month (2006)

Extra Mile Award-from Graduate School of Public Health Center of Minority Health University of Pittsburgh (2005).

Certificates of Appreciations from the Graduate School of Public Health for the yearly contribution in the Immunization Workgroup during the annual National Minority Health Month University of Pittsburgh (2003-2007).

Dean Service Award for Extraordinary Work as a Doctoral Student Representative in the Doctoral Student Organization at the Graduate School of Public Health University of Pittsburgh (2001).

Certificate of Appreciation for Extraordinary Efforts in Academic Achievement from the University of Baghdad, Iraq (1988).

Academic Scholarship from University of Baghdad to pursue Masters of Science in Nursing in the U.S.A. (1981).

Awarded the Title of Team Leader to Evaluate the Training of Student Nurses in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Graduated with Honors, University of Baghdad (1975-1976), awarded a Full Scholarship to get MSN degree in Medical Surgical Nursing from the U.S.