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Rose E. Constantino

Department of Health and Community Systems, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, USA

Rose E. Constantino

Rose E. Constantino, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN, FACFE
Associate Professor, Department of Health and Community Systems, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, USA

My research is focused on comparing the effectiveness of online with face-to-face HELPP intervention in women experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV) which gave us the impetus to integrate evidence-based studies into the book. HELPP means Health, Education on Safety, and Legal Participant Preferred intervention. HELPP intervention came about after completing a RO1on nursing care of widows whose spouses committed suicide funded by NIH division of nursing. A serendipitous finding in the RO1 was that 63% of the suicide victims were reported as being abusive to their surviving partners immediately prior to their suicide. Because the consequences of IPV are multi-faceted, we are comparing multi-faceted interventions such as comparing the feasibility of online, face-to-face and control HELPP on depression, social support, and other measures using mixed methods methodology with women who have experienced IPV. As a lawyer in Family Law, I see lawyers come too late in helping the survivor of violence because there are now children, parents, in-laws, and workplaces involved in the abusive relationship. For primary prevention to be effective, we need to reach young people before experiencing TDV and provide them with knowledge, social networking, and social support accessible from a product that they use daily (cell phone) during their waking hours in making safe choices and practice safety-seeking behaviors. I am currently working with two undergraduate students in a research project using text messaging as a strategy in building healthy dating relationships and preventing intimate partner violence among college students. Further, I am working with 2 graduate students in developing a HELPP Zone App to prevent IPV. With Robinson’s Diffusion of Disruptive Innovations (DDI) as the framework for both projects, we attempt to diffuse an intervention using an intentionally and deliberately developed product or service, designed as a simple product that enters the transformative research arena as a common activity- text messaging and the App. It offers an inexpensive and convenient service that has the potential to be diffused as a disruptive tool in preventing or stopping intimate partner violence. Our research projects enhanced the evidence-based portions of the book while this book provided robust nursing research questions for future research topics and proposals. I am very interested in collaborating with other mHealth working group members to prevent if not stop violence worldwide through mobile interventions.

List of selected publications

  • Constantino, R.E., Sekula, L., Rabin, B., & Stone, C. (2000). Negative life experiences, depression and immune functions in abused and non-abused women. Biological Research for Nursing, 1, 190-198.
  • Constantino, R.E., Sekula, L., & Rubenstein, E.N. (2001). Nursing intervention for survivors whose spouses committed suicide. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behaviors. 31(4) pp. 428-441.
  • Constantino, R.E., Sekula, K, Lebish, J., & Buehner, E. (2002). Depression and behavioral manifestations of depression in female survivors of the suicide of their significant other and female survivors of abuse. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 8(1) pp. 27-32.
  • Constantino, R.E., Crane, P., Symonds, H., Sutton, L. (2002). The role of the forensic nurse in the assessment of abuse. The Forensic Examiner 11(5-6), pp. 22-28.
  • Crane, P. & Constantino, R. E. (2003). Use of the interpersonal support evaluation list (ISEL) to guide intervention development with women experiencing abuse. Issues in Mental Health Nursing,24:523-541.
  • Crane, P. & Constantino, R.E. (2003). Is E-mail interaction feasible for intervention with women and children exposed to domestic violence? Medscape from WebMD eNursing.
  • Constantino, R.E., Kim, Y. & Crane, P.A. (2005). Effects of a social support intervention on health outcomes in residents of a domestic violence shelter: A pilot study. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 26:1-16.
  • Constantino, RE (2007). Translation of ethical, sociocultural and accountability issues in the nurse/lawyer’s practice. Journal of Nursing Law.
  • Constantino, RE, Crane, PA, Noll, B, Doswell, WM, & Braxter, B, (2007). Exploring the Feasibility of Email Mediated Intervention in Survivors of Domestic Violence. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.
  • Constantino, RE (2007). A Transdisciplinary team acting on evidence through analysis of moot malpractice cases. Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing 26(4)150-155.
  • O’Leary, M., Lammers, S., Mageras, A., Boyd, M., Constantino, RE. & Heyman, R. (2008). Relationship between domestic violence and multiple schlerosis. International Journal of MS Care. 10(2):27-32.
  • Hamdan-Mansour AM, Constantino, RE, Farrell, M, Doswell, W, Gallagher, ME, Safadi, R, Shishani, KR, & Banimustafa, R (2011). Evaluating the mental health of Jordanian women in relationships with intimate partner abuse. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 32:614-623.
  • Braxter, B.J., Doswell, W.M., Fleming, R., Constantino, R., Matambanadzo, A., & Wu, L. (2012). A Collaboration to Evaluate the Impact of a Teen Dating Violence (TDV) Information Program on High School Students' TDV Knowledge. Annales of Behavioral Medicine, 43(supplement 1), S208.
  • Hamdan-Mansour, AM., Constantino, RE., Shishani, KR., Safadi, R. & Banimustafa, R. (2012). Evaluating the mental health consequences of abuse in Jordanian women. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal 18(3):205-212.
  • Safadi, R, Swigart, V, Hamdan-Mansour, AM, BaniMustafa, R, Constantino, RE (2012). An ethnographic- feminist study of Jordanian women’s experience of domestic violence and process of resolution. Health Care for Women International http:/manuscriptcentral.com/uhcw.
  • Cale, L. & Constantino, RE (2013). Transitioning to transradials: A collaborative process in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 32:1 1-5.
  • Constantino, RE, Crane, PA, & Young, SE (2013). Forensic Nursing: Evidence-based Principles and Practice. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.
  • Constantino, RE, Crane, PA, & Young, SE (2013). Forensic Nursing: Evidence-based Principles and Practice. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.
  • Masoumzadeh, A., Jin, L., Joshi, J., & Constantino, R. (2013). HELPP Zone: towards protecting college students from dating violence. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 925-928) doi:10.9776/13481.
  • De la Cruz, D; Hwang, JH, Constantino, RE (2012). Exploring the usability and readability of text messaging in building healthy dating relationships, NCUR 2012 Book of Proceedings.
  • Constantino, RE, Jackson, L (2012). Examining mediators and strategies to improve well-being through primary prevention, JAPNA 19(1) Meeting Abstracts (p31).