Virginia Commonwealth University

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Featured Researcher

Research Expertise and Focus

  • The impacts of abusive relationships on patients, health care providers and survivor populations
  • Special interest in genetic and genomic approaches to stress and trauma study

Professional Highlights

Membership and Leadership

  • Expert Convening : Defining Healthy Teen Relationships, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2011


  • 6th Cohort,, Nurse Faculty Scholars Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2013

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco, Calif.
  • B.S.N., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
  • B.A., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Selected Publications

Cha S, Chapman DA, Wan W, Burton CW, Masho SW. Discordant Pregnancy Intentions in Couples and Rapid Repeat Pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Oct 28. pii: S0002-9378(15)01454-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2015.10.149. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26519783.

Burton CW, Carlyle KE. Screening and intervening: evaluating a training program on intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion for family planning and home visiting providers. Fam Community Health. 2015 Jul-Sep;38(3):227-39. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000076. PubMed PMID: 26017001.

Cha S, Chapman DA, Wan W, Burton CW, Masho SW. Intimate partner violence and postpartum contraceptive use: the role of race/ethnicity and prenatal birth control counseling. Contraception. 2015 Sep;92(3):268-75. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2015.04.009. Epub 2015 Apr 29. PubMed PMID: 25935298.

Montpetit AJ, Alhareeri AA, Montpetit M, Starkweather AR, Elmore LW, Filler K, Mohanraj L, Burton CW, Menzies VS, Lyon DE, Jackson-Cook CK. Telomere length: A review of methods for measurement. Nurs Res. 2014 Jul-Aug;63(4):289-299. PMCID: PMC4292845

Burton CW, Halpern-Felsher B, Rehm RS, Rankin S, Humphreys JC. “It was pretty scary”: the theme of fear in young adult women’s descriptions of a history of adolescent dating abuse. Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2013 Nov;34(11):803-13. PMID: 24131412

Burton CW, Halpern-Felsher B, Rankin SH, Rehm RS, Humphreys JC. Relationships and betrayal among young women: theoretical perspectives on adolescent datingabuse. J Adv Nurs. 2011 Jun;67(6):1393-405. PMCID: PMC3092008