Rachell Ekroos

Assistant Professor
Expertise: Violence, Human Trafficking, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Child Exploitation, Forensic Nursing


Rachell Ekroos is globally recognized as a forensic nursing leader, particularly for her impact in the areas of clinical services for people affected by violence, multidisciplinary responses to violence, and ethics. With nearly 20 years of experience working with populations affected by violence, she contributes as a subject matter expert on local, regional, national, and international committees, task forces, and work groups. Her areas of expertise include sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and interpersonal violence. Ekroos also has specialized expertise related to human trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation, and technology-enabled crimes against children.

Ekroos is committed to advancing evidence-based practices across the multidisciplinary teams responding to violence or mass disaster and increasing access to service for population affected by both. She remains actively involved in addressing social determinants of health associated with exposure to violence and advancing ethically sound clinical practices. Ekroos is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Association of Forensic Nurses and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.


  • Ph.D. Nursing, University of Washington
  • Graduate Certificate in Basic Clinical Research Methods, University of Washington School of Public Health
  • M.S., Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, Clarkson College
  • B.S., Nursing, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

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Rachell Ekroos
ResearchMay 24, 2018
A nursing researcher helps those affected by violent crimes receive quality, equitable assistance from the law enforcement, medical, and justice systems.