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Lea Marineau

Lea Marineau, MSN, ANP-BC, CNE is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She is a recipient of the 2022 Mary V. Insall Scholarship. Lea graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2009 from the University of Florida. She went on to graduate from the adult nurse practitioner program with a Master of Science in Nursing in 2011 from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

After becoming an advanced registered nurse practitioner, she has worked in various settings caring for people from underserved communities. Since 2014, she has worked as a nurse practitioner on the orthopedic trauma service at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. In this position she saw how structural and social determinants of health shape racial and gender inequities, especially the devastating and disproportionate impact of violence on young Black men. Additionally, she saw how negative stereotypes, often assigned to assault-injured victims of color, played a role in how clinicians treated patients. These patients had their physical injuries treated with little attention given to their mental health, substance use disorders, underlying complex social problems, or other trauma experiences. Many patients would come back with repeat assault-related injuries.

Motivated by the unmet needs of violence-impacted populations, she decided to pursue a research career. The purpose of her dissertation study is to further understand multi-level factors associated with recurrent assault-related injury, including the role of drug and alcohol use, among adults aged 18 to 34 years in Baltimore, MD. Lea has also received a Fulbright Award (2021-2022) to describe the relationship between violent injury and substance use among adults in Cape Town, South Africa.

In addition to her research, Lea is dedicated to becoming an academic nurse educator. She has completed the Nurse Faculty for the Future Fellowship and became a Certified Nurse Educator. Her career goals are:

  1. to become an independent researcher who works to improve access to effective treatment for substance use disorders, especially those among assault-injured persons; and to inform hospital-based violence intervention programs in preventing repeat violent injury, and
  2. to become a faculty member at a research-intensive university. She would like to achieve these goals by conducting independent research that integrates health care science with public health social epidemiology to identify how multiple complex risk factors, including drug/alcohol use, work together to increase risk for repeat assault-related injury; and to identify effective treatment interventions and address barriers to care among vulnerable populations.

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