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Linda Copel, PhD - Villanova University. Villanova, PA, US

Linda Copel, PhD Linda Copel, PhD

Professor | M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing | Villanova University


Dr. Copel, PhD, RN, CNS, BC, CNE, NCC, FAPA has extensive experience providing counseling in situations of familial and domestic violence.



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Areas of Expertise (7)


Domestic Violence

Family Dynamics

Mental Health

Partner Abuse




Dr. Copel has extensive experience providing counseling to individuals, couples, and families, especially those affected by family violence. She has studied partner abuse in both disabled and non-disabled women, focusing on verbal abuse, physical injuries, and the process of extrication from abusive situations. Additionally, she has researched the educational needs of nurses regarding partner abuse and how nurses can be of assistance to women experiencing abuse. She is nationally certified as a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric nursing, a group psychotherapist, a certified nurse educator, a family life educator and a bereavement counselor.

Education (4)

Texas Woman's University: PhD

Texas Woman's University: MSMFT

University of Texas at Arlington: MSN

University of Delaware: BSN

Select Accomplishments (2)

Inducted into National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education (professional)


Awarded Villanova College of Nursing Medallion (professional)


Affiliations (10)

  • Fellow in Psychotherapy in the American Psychotherapy Association
  • Fellow in Psychological Specialties and Trauma/PTSD in the American Academy of Forensic Examiners
  • American Nurses Association
  • National Certified Counselor from the National Board for Certified Counselors
  • National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • National Council of Family Relations
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association Charter Member
  • American Psychotherapy Association
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • American Group Psychotherapy Association

Select Media Appearances (4)

Missing tough in your life? So are we. Here's what to do about it.

The Philadelphia Inquirer  online


During the first week of social distancing, Lisa Bien found herself in line at a Mount Laurel Shop Rite chatting it up with a shopper behind her. ... Use this touch-less time to create other rituals that ease anxiety, said Linda Copel, a professor at the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University and a marriage and family therapist.

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Domestic violence victims need crucial support during the coronavirus | Opinion

The Philadelphia Inquirer  online


Intimate partner violence is a broad problem. An estimated one in four women (24%) and one in seven men (14%) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner. Current stay-at-home restrictions preventing the spread of COVID-19 may drastically increase these incidents.

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How to help military families at the holidays

Reuters  online


“Over the years I’ve worked with a psychiatric service dog and the response of patients who were grieving, depressed, or struggling with severe anxiety, especially PTSD, markedly improved,” says Villanova University College of Nursing Professor Linda Copel, a licensed psychotherapist who works with military families and is a PTSD expert. “There’s a huge need for training psychiatric and other types of service dogs for soldiers with disabilities.”

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Organizations attempt to dispel myths of mental health issues in wake of Arizona shooting

Delaware County Daily Times  online


Linda Copel, a nursing professor at Villanova University and mental health expert, said people often turn toward the news media for prevention tips following a tragedy. But she added that the media can contribute to the stigma of mental health. "The public stigma can lead to personal stigma where people relabel themselves," Copel said. "It can damage the recovery model, where we encourage people ... to reach out for support."

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Research Grants (3)

The Lived Experience of Partner Abuse in Physically Disabled Women

Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation 

Research Grant

Patterns of Abuse in Physically Disabled Women

Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation 

Research Grant

An Investigation of the Occurrence of Situational Couple Violence in Women with Disabilities

College of Nursing Center for Nursing Research 

Research Grant

Select Academic Articles (5)

Compassion satisfaction: A concept analysis in nursing Nursing Forum

Tara L. Sacco, Linda Carman Copel


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The Concept of Self-Stigma: A Clinical Investigation Sigma Theta Tau

Linda Carman Copel, Khamis Al-Mamari


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Invisible Bruises: The Experience of Verbal Abuse for Women With Disabilities Clinical Nurse Specialist

Linda Carman Copel


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The lived experience of women in abusive relationships who sought spiritual guidance Issues in Mental Health Nursing

Linda Carman Copel


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Partner abuse in physically disabled women: a proposed model for understanding intimate partner violence Perspectives in Psychiatric Care

Linda Carman Copel


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