Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu, PhD, RN, FAAN

	Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu


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6-157B Weaver-Densford Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States




PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Major: Nursing

MSN, Syracuse University
Major: Nursing - Adult Health

BSN, Syracuse University
Major: Nursing

Diploma in Nursing, University of Malawi

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Dr. Mkandawire-Valhmu's research focuses on analyzing and addressing the complex health needs of vulnerable populations of women who have experienced violence including American Indian and Black women in the United States as well as women in East and Southern Africa. As a feminist scholar, Dr. Mkandawire-Valhmu's research and scholarship thus centers on advancing nursing science to improve health outcomes for women who experience the greatest vulnerability and mentoring future nurse scientists in doing the same.

Honors and Recognition

Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, 2021

Standout Sister, Milwaukee Magazine Betty Award, 2021

Wisconsin Nurses Association Excellence in Nursing Award, 2020

Sheryl Kelber Research Award, Sigma Theta Tau, Eta Nu Chapter, 2020



Mkandawire-Valhmu, L. (2018). Cultural safety, healthcare and vulnerable populations. New York, NY: Routledge

Refereed Journal Articles

Hawkins, M., Dressel, A., Kendall, N., Wendland, C., Hawkins, S., Walker, K., Mkandawire, E., Kirungi, J., Kako, P., & Mkandawire-Valhmu, L. (2022). The changing dynamics of community cohesiveness and support in rural Malawi: The impact on women’s health and wellbeing at end of life. Social Science and Medicine, 301, 1-8.

Callari-Robinson, J., Luebke, J., Hoffman, S.J., Moore, K.M., Kako, P.M., & Mkandawire-Valhmu, L. (2022). Response to Burnout and the sexual assault nurse examiner – who is experiencing burnout and why? Journal of Emergency Nursing, 48(2), 202-210.

Del Carmen Graf, M., Dressel, A., Schmitt, M., Deal, E., Pittman, B., Lopez, A.A., Kako, P., & Mkandawire-Valhmu, L. (2022) “I was broken in so many different ways”: The intersection of complex factors impacting African American women’s mental health and wellbeing. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 31(1), 167-178.

Del Carmen Graf, M., Ruiz, A., Luebke, J., Olukotun, O., Kendrick, A., Shaw, L., Lopez, A. A., Snethen, J., Silvestre, E., & Mkandawire-Valhmu, L. (2022). Application of Postcolonial Feminist Theory, Chicana Feminist Thought, and Black Feminist Thought in Analyzing the Mental Health Needs of Latina Migrant Farmworkers: A Shared Legacy. ANS. Advances in nursing science, 45(1), 38–52. 

Luebke, J., Anderson, A., Schmitt, M., Dressel, A., Kako, P., & Mkandawire-Valhmu, L. Barriers Faced by Urban American Indian Women when Help-Seeking after Experiences with Intimate Partner Violence. (in press). Violence Against Women.

Luebke, J., Hawkins, M., Lucchesi, A., Klein, K., Weitzel, J., Deal, E., Ruiz, A., Dressel, A., & Mkandawire-Valhmu, L. (2021). The Utility of Postcolonial and Indigenous Indigenous Feminist Frameworks in Guiding Nursing Research and Practice About Intimate Partner Violence in the Lives of American Indian Women. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 32(6), 639-646.

Ruiz, A., Luebke, J., Hawkins, M., Klein, K., & Mkandawire-Valhmu, L. (2021). A Historical Analysis of the Impact of Hegemonic Masculinities on Sexual Assault in the Lives of Ethnic Minority Women: Informing Nursing Interventions and Health Policy. ANS. Advances in nursing science, 44(1), 66–88. 

Mkandawire-Valhmu, L., Kendall, N., Dressel, A., Wendland, C., Scheer, V. L., Kako, P., Neiman, T., Valhmu, W., Ruiz, A., Luebke, J., Minjale, P., Merriman, A., Finch, L., & Egede, L. (2020). Women's work at end of life: The intersecting gendered vulnerabilities of patients and caregivers in rural Malawi. Global public health, 15(7), 1062–1072. 

Mkandawire-Valhmu, L., Bauer, W. S., Stevens, P. E., Galvao, L. W., Grande, K. M., Yerges, A., Emer, L., Mwenyekonde, T., & Weinhardt, L. (2020). Rural Malawian Women’s Resistance to Systematic Oppression, Violence, and Abuse by Their Husbands. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 35(1–2), 268–293. 

Grants and Patents

Selected Grants

Award: Successful Training and Retention of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (STARS)
Principal Investigator: Kako, Penninah
Sponsoring Organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
Award Dates: 2022 - 2024

Award: Sisters by Choice: United by Voice
Principal Investigator: Mkandawire-Valhmu, Lucy
Sponsoring Organization: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Award Dates: 2021 - 2025

Award: Tracking our Truth: Providing Access to Advocacy Driven Medical Forensic Care
Principal Investigator: Mkandawire-Valhmu, Lucy 
Sponsoring Organization: Office of Violence Against Women Fiscal Year 2020 Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Medical and Advocacy Services for Tribes (FAST) Initiative
Award Dates: 2020 - 2022