Candace Burton

Director of Doctoral Education, School of Nursing
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Expertise: LGBTQIA+ health, Violence and abuse, Adolescent development, Social health, Trauma-informed care, Health disparities, Forensic nursing, Science communication


Candace Burton is an expert on stress and trauma, particularly in interpersonal relationships within the context of health disparities. She is board-certified in advanced forensic nursing, and has conducted research funded by organizations including the UCI Initiative to End Family Violence. 

Her recent projects have examined stress-related blood and breath proteins in women affected by intimate partner violence, as well as the traumatic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nursing workforce. She has also worked to develop strategies for providing trauma-informed care to vulnerable populations, including immigrant and LGBTQ patients.

Burton is a member of organizations such as the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women, and the International Association of Forensic Nurses. She is a member of the Journal of Forensic Nursing editorial board and an associate editor with Clinical Nursing Research.


  • Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Cornell University
  • Ph.D., Nursing, University of California San Francisco
  • B.S., Nursing, University of Virginia

Candace Burton In The News

K.T.N.V. T.V. ABC 13
It's no secret there's a nationwide nursing shortage, but there's one specific type of nurse that local advocates say the Las Vegas valley especially needs more of: forensic nurses.