Dr. Ashley Schoenfisch joined the School of Nursing faculty in 2015. She came to DUSON from the Department of Community and Family Medicine of the Duke University School Medicine, where she was an assistant professor. Dr. Schoenfisch holds a BS in Biology / BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Master of Science in Public Health from Emory University. She completed her PhD in epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012. She is a member of the American Public Health Association, the North Carolina Public Health Association, the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, the Safe States Alliance, and the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. In 2013, she became certified as an instructor in the Crisis Prevention Institute’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Program.
Dr. Schoenfisch is an occupational injury epidemiologist with experience studying the safety and health of workers in the healthcare industry. Her research interests include the surveillance of work-related injuries and violence, work organization, intervention evaluation, and the use of quantitative and qualitative methods. For nearly a decade, her focus on the nursing workforce has enhanced the understanding of hospital workers’ experiences with patient and visitor perpetrated violence, as well as the use of patient lift and transfer devices designed to prevent work-related injuries.