Associate Professor of Nursing & Coordinator of DNP Programs
Women's Health, Pediatrics, Family Practice
Dr. Kristen Slabaugh earned her BSN from Messiah University in 2005 and worked as a Women’s Health and Labor & Delivery Level 4 RN at Hershey Medical Center after graduating. She completed an MS as Family Nurse Practitioner at the Penn State University in 2010 and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (FNP track) with post-master’s certificate in Nursing Education in 2017. Since 2011, she has been on faculty in the Messiah University Department of Nursing undergraduate and graduate programs. She currently serves as the coordinator of the post-BSN to FNP/DNP program and is a Certified Nurse Educator. She maintains clinical practice by working as a Family Nurse Practitioner in urgent care and occupational medicine.
Dr. Slabaugh’s scholarly and translational research interests include depression in the college aged and young adult populations. She has published on this topic in the Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice and serves as a reviewer for the JDNP and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. She is a member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF), Sigma Theta Tau International, American Academy of Nurse practitioners (AANP), and the American Association of College of Nursing (AACN).
Outside of the office, Dr. Slabaugh provides lactation and post-partum support to new moms and teaches women’s health to middle and high school girls. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children and traveling to the beach.
Slabaugh, K. (2017, December). Initiation of Standardized Depression Screening in College Health: A Quality Improvement Project. Poster session presented at the 5th Annual Geisinger Holy Spirit Research and Evidence-Based Practice Conference, Harrisburg, PA.
Slabaugh, K. (2018, April). Initiation of Standardized Depression Screening in College Health: A Quality Improvement Project. Poster session presented at the 27th Annual Nursing Research Day, Harrisburg, PA.
Slabaugh, K., Wilcock, S., & Harris, S. (2018). Initiation of standardized depression screening in college health: A quality improvement project. Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 11(2). doi: 10.1891/2380-94184.108.40.206