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Nancy R. Downing, PhD, RN, SANE-A, CP-SANE

Associate Professor, Department of Forensic Nursing


College of Nursing


forensics, health care delivery, mental health, nursing
forensic nursing, PTSD after sexual assault, abuse, domestic violence, medical evidence, violence, sexual assault
Dr. Nancy Downing

About Dr. Downing

Nancy R. Downing, PhD, RN, SANE-A, CP-SANE, is an associate professor for the Forensic Nursing Program at the Texas A&M College of Nursing. She conducts research focused on improving forensic health care, including co-investigator on a National Institute of Justice study on alternate light sources in improving bruise visibility, and two Texas A&M internally funded grants examining factors associated with PTSD after sexual assault.

Dr. Downing currently practices as a forensic nurse at Baylor, Scott and White Hospital in College Station and Temple, providing care to patients across the lifespan who are impacted by violence. She was appointed by Governor Abbott on November 30, 2016, to serve on the Texas Forensic Science Commission through September 2018. The purpose of the Forensic Science Commission is to protect the integrity of forensic science in Texas.

Dr. Downing received her Bachelor of Science in nursing, Master of Science in nursing and Doctor of Philosophy in nursing from the University of Iowa with an emphasis on clinical genetics and forensic nursing. She has been a certified sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE-A) since 2004.

Dr. Downing is actively involved in the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) and was recently elected to the IAFN Board of Directors as a Director-At-Large serving a two-year term from 2018-2020. She is a former founder and President of IAFN Iowa and former chair of the IAFN Title IX and Campus Sexual Assault Committee. She currently serves on the IAFN Title IX and Campus Sexual Assault and Research Committees.

Vital Record news coverage

Downing appointed to Texas Forensic Science Commission

December 16, 2016

Forensic nursing: Giving back control to victims of abuse

How the Texas A&M College of Nursing is pioneering education in forensic nursing

September 28, 2016