Cheryl Ann Lapp, PhD, MPH, RN

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Cheryl Ann Lapp, PhD, MPH, RN, is a Professor of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin –Eau Claire. She teaches Family Health Nursing in both the graduate and undergraduate programs, has traveled extensively and has presented her research internationally. She has developed intercultural and interdisciplinary immersion experiences for nurse practitioner students and for returning RN to BSN students. At the university's Human Development Center (HDC), Dr. Lapp is a faculty supervisor in family assessment for student clinicians. It was through teaching an interdisciplinary Honors Global Health Course, that she developed a commitment to helping her profession address issues of human trafficking both domestically and internationally. She has published a book chapter with her former student Natalie Overmann, in Sex trafficking: A clinical guide for nurses, (edited by M. De Chesnay), which won an AJN Book of the Year Award for 2013. The chapter was titled: “Mental health perspectives on the care of human trafficking victims within our borders.” Dr. Lapp had also supervised her graduate student in a project to develop a protocol to better identify and assist trafficked victims in the Emergency Department. She has recently presented her work at the University of Nebraska's 6th Human Trafficking conference. 

Dr. Lapp‘s professional goals include “to be strategic and intentional in sustaining scholarship to address nursing’s interface with social justice issues.” This includes searching for best practice in identification and intervention with marginalized or oppressed populations.