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Kathy Anselmi

Katherine Anselmi


Clinical Professor of Nursing

Graduate Nursing

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Katherine Anselmi, JD, PhD is clinical professor at the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Formerly she served as Assistant Dean of Accreditation/Regulatory Affairs & Online Innovation; Assistant Dean of RN/BSN & MSN Advanced Role Programs; Assistant Dean of MSN, Online, & RN/BSN Programs; and Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Nursing Programs & Clinical Compliance at Drexel University. She teaches Politics of Health Care in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, Nursing Research, and created and teaches Interdisciplinary Perspectives of Health Law in the MSN programs. Anselmi is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Prior to her return to academia at Drexel, she practiced civil litigation representing survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking at the Barbara J. Hart Justice Center, a project of the Women’s Resource Center in Scranton, PA. There she relied heavily upon her nursing skills to advocate for women and children in crisis. She has also practiced in the areas of health effects, pharmaceutical defense, personal injury, and family law. Currently, she serves as an Arbitrator for the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania.

Anselmi has practiced as a nurse practitioner primarily in the area of women’s health. She is licensed to practice nursing in Pennsylvania. She has taught doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate nursing for 30 years. She is published in The Med/Surg Journal, The Nurse Practitioner Journal, Nurse Educator, Advance Online Editions for Nurses, Holistic Nursing Practice, Journal of Nursing Law, and book chapters. She has presented at national conferences on accreditation, domestic violence, legal issues in nursing and higher education, clinical compliance, and the Dalkon Shield mass tort case.


Health Policy, Health Law, Family Law, Women's Health, Reproductive Health, Domestic Violence/Inter-intra Personal Violence

Academic Distinctions:

Anselmi’s PhD dissertation, addressing women’s response to reproductive trauma from the Dalkon Shield IUD, was nominated Best Dissertation of the Year at the University of Pennsylvania and finalist for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation doctoral dissertation grant. Anselmi also graduated from the Syracuse University College of Law where she earned a certificate in Technology Transfer Research in addition to Family Law.

Professional Society:

Anselmi is a member of the American Nurses Association, American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Luzerne County Law & Library Association, National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF), Sigma Theta Tau, and a Fellow and Board of Directors member of TAANA:The American Association of Nurse Attorneys.