Dorcas B. McLaughlin
PhD, RN, CP, PMHCNS-BC, Associate Professor
Saint Louis University
School of Nursing
office: (314) 977-8988
fax: (314) 977-8949
Teaching: Dr. McLaughlin coordinates the psychiatric/mental health nursing course in the accelerated option. She also teaches courses in communication in health care and family violence. In 1999, she developed an Action Methods Classroom in which she uses creative teaching-learning strategies based on psychodrama theory to prepare students for nursing practice.
Practice: Dr. McLaughlin is board certified as an advanced practice psychiatric/mental health nurse by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and as a psychodramatist by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy. She maintains a private practice as a psychotherapist and psychodramatist.
Research: Dr. McLaughlin's research interests include the study of posttraumatic stress disorder, intimate partner violence, and action methods. Currently, she is involved in a research study that is examining the use of therapeutic letters to promote student reflection.
Professional and Scholarly Activities:
Dr. McLaughlin is a member of American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, and the Nursing Network on Violence against Women International. She is also an advisory board member of Woman's Place, a drop-in center for women who have experienced domestic violence.
- PhD, Nursing, University of Missouri-St. Louis
- MSN, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, University of Missouri, Columbia
- BSN, Nursing, University of Missouri, Columbia