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Kathleen Woodruff - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Kathleen Woodruff Kathleen Woodruff

Clinical Associate Professor Dept. of Nursing at the School of Social Work | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Clinical Associate Professor Focused on Nursing with specialty in adult primary care and infectious disease.



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KATHLEEN WOODRUFF is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Nursing, where she teaches courses on clinical pharmacology for advanced practice nursing and management of adult patients. Prior to joining USC, she served as an instructor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

She identifies herself primarily as a clinician, educator and researcher. Her clinical focus is HIV, substance abuse and frequently occurring comorbid conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hepatitis C. She also focused on areas such as health care disparities and social determinants of health. As an educator, she has worked extensively with both adult and family nurse practitioner students.

Woodruff is a member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, American College of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland. She serves as a reviewer for multiple journals and books, including The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, Journal of Professional Nursing and American Nurse Today. She received her doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from the University of Maryland.

Education (3)

University of Maryland: D.N.P. 2013

University of Maryland: M.S. 1987

University of Maryland: B.S.N. 1981

Areas of Expertise (7)




Social Work

Social Work Education


Clinical and Health Services

Industry Expertise (5)


Health Care - Services

Health and Wellness

Health Care - Providers

Training and Development

Accomplishments (4)

Excellence in Teaching Award (professional)

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Outstanding Doctor of Nursing Practice Graduate (professional)

Alumni Association, University of Maryland School of Nursing

Simulation Education Leader (professional)

Maryland Faculty Academy for Simulation Training

Simulation Training II (professional)

Maryland Faculty Academy for Simulation Training

Affiliations (3)

  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Member
  • American College of Nurse Practitioners, Member
  • Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland, Member


Research Articles & Publications (2)

Relationship of spirituality or religion to recover from substance abuse: A systematic review

Journal of Addictions Nursing

Walton-Moss, B., Ray, E.M. & Woodruff, K.

2013 Spirituality and religion are frequently acknowledged as significant contributors to individuals’ recovery from substance use disorders. This review focuses on the role that spirituality or religion plays in substance abuse treatment outcomes. Our search of three databases PubMed, CINAHL, and Psych Info turned up 29 eligible studies for review. We group our findings according to whether the study’s focus was on alcohol only or alcohol and other drug use.

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Preventing polypharmacy in older adults

American Nurse Today

Woodruff, Kathleen M.

2010 Polypharmacy refers to the effects of taking multiple medications concurrently to manage coexisting health problems, such as diabetes and hypertension. Too often, polypharmacy becomes problematic, such as when patients are prescribed too many medications by multiple healthcare providers working independently of each other.

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