Associate Professor and Forensics Nursing Concentration Coordinator
Department of Advanced Practice and Doctoral Studies
920 Madison, #954
Memphis, TN 38163
Patricia M. Speck, DNSc, APN, FNP-BC, DF-IAFN, FAAFS, FAAN graduated from UTHSC College of Nursing with a BSN in 1982, an MSN in 1985 and a DNSc in 2005 in Public Health Nursing with an emphasis in forensic nursing, SANE program and practice evaluation. She joined the faculty in 2006 as Assistant Professor in the Forensic Nursing DNP Option. In 2007, she became the DNP Public Health Nursing Option Coordinator, educator, preceptor and advisor and was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor July 2010. Dr. Speck is an internationally recognized family nurse practitioner expert in advanced practice forensic nursing of sexual and domestic assault and abuse in all developmental ages and stages. She has over 30 years of clinical practice experience, maintains an active faculty practice that includes disadvantaged under- and never-served forensic populations in Memphis TN. Dr. Speck has consulted nationally and internationally in Africa, Eurasia, North and South America. She has research interest in the effects of violence and trauma on individuals and populations, practice and policy development, program evaluation and capacity building, education and violence prevention initiatives. Dr. Speck holds memberships, has held offices in a number of local, regional and national organizations. She is a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Nursing. She is a Distinguished Fellow in the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) and Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) – the 11th registered nurse in the 60-year AAFS history. She has published professionally, lectures internationally, and honored with over 20 local, national and International awards. She provides expert advice to a number of government and not-for-profit organizations and is the only nurse asked to speak at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Sexual Violence Research Workshop in June 2008. She is an invited lecturer at the NIJ Annual Conference in June 2009, and she compiled the research portfolio for the NIJ on telehealth and delivery of sexual assault forensic services in 2012. She was awarded an R01 from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to study Post Coital DNA Recovery. She has had numerous other grants to support education of SANE/SAFE and SARTs. She is one of 3 primary authors of the ANA’s (2009) Forensic Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. Her SANE Program Evaluation Questionnaire (SPEQ ©) has been adapted to support Department of Justice IAFN Technical Assistance to SARTs nationally. She was an invited expert by the International Justice Mission through Paz y Esperanza in Huánuco and Lima, Peru to consult with representatives from government institutions and community organizations to assist in their efforts to address child sexual abuse, trafficking and domestic violence. She has also worked with the US DOJ to introduce forensic nursing in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and evaluated the efforts of the Republic of Costa Rica to adopt best practices in the care of victims of violence. Her program and process evaluations have resulted in interprofessional collaborative efforts that standardize best practices which are trauma informed and patient centered in existing systems of care in International settings. Dr. Speck was President of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (2004-5), the Chair of the Family Violence Prevention Forum of the American Public Health Association (2011-3), Chair of the Family Violence Prevention Caucus (2013), and is now the Immediate Past Chair of the FVPC (2014). Dr. Speck currently serves as a member or officer on the Board of Directors of several local community organizations that prevent and/or respond to interpersonal violence and its aftermath.