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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Scott B. Harpin, PhD, MPH, RN

Assistant Professor

Scott Harpin


Dr. Harpin joined the CU Denver Informatics, Health Systems, and Leadership division in 2011 after having been at the University of Minnesota since 2004. Dr. Harpin’s research focuses on the health outcomes of vulnerable adolescent and young-adult populations. Areas of teaching include nursing research, community-health nursing, leadership/advocacy, and the professional role of nurses.

Dr. Harpin has worked as an advanced-practice public health nurse since the early 2000s. His long-time practice was at St. Joseph’s Home for Children in Minneapolis, which served as the central intake site for all children entering the Hennepin County Child Protection System. His consulting has included task-force work addressing (a) the health needs of homeless adolescents and foster care youth and (b) the mental health needs of vulnerable youth. He has been a grant reader for the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education for Family-Planning Special-Project Grants (Title X), STD/STI community grants, and Out-of-School Time community grants. He has served on the University of Minnesota Medical Reserve Corps leadership team, addressing crises subsequent to hurricane landfall (Louisiana, 2005), flood (Brainard, MN, 2009) and TB outbreak (Hennepin County, MN, 2008). He has served on the Boards of Directors for the Minnesota Public Health Association and the Nokomis Healthy Seniors Block Nursing Program, and he has held leadership positions in the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine.

Degree Awarding Institution Field of Study Graduation Date
PHD University of Minnesota
Twin Cities, Minnesota
Nursing 2010
MS University of Minnesota
Twin Cities, Minnesota
Adolescent Nursing
Public Health Nursing
MPH University of Minnesota
Twin Cities, Minnesota
School of Public Health
Maternal-child health 2003
BS Edgewood College
Madison, Wisconsin
Psychology (minor)


  1. Harpin, S., Kenyon, D. B., Kools, S., Bearinger, L. H., & Ireland, M. (2013). Correlates of emotional distress in out-of-home youth. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 26(2), 110-118.
  2. Edinburgh, L. D., Harpin, S. B., Garcia, C. P., & Saewyc, E. M., (2013). Characteristics of runaway youth being examined in a hospital-based Child Advocacy Center: Implications for treatment. International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience, 1(1).
  3. Sigal, E. & Harpin, S. B. (2013). Primary-care practitioners' detection of youth violence involvement. Clinical Pediatrics, 52(5), 411-417.
  4. Harpin, S. B. & Gilmore-Bykovskyi, A. (2012). Bringing students to the table: The value of student involvement in MNRS. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 34(3), 287-288 (invited editorial).
  5. Bernat, D., Harpin, S.B., Eisenberg, M., Bearinger, L.H. & Resnick, M.D. (2009). Parental support of HPV. Journal of Adolescent Health, 45, 525-527.
  6. Widome, R., Sieving, R.E., Harpin, S.A. & Hearst, M.O. (2008). Measuring neighborhood connection and the association with youth violence in young adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 43(5), 482-489.
  7. Harpin, S.A. , Bearinger, L.H. & Ireland, M. (2003). “The Mental Health of Youth in Out-of-Home Placement: The Role of Protective Factors Offsetting Risk”. Unpublished master’s thesis. University of Minnesota- Twin Cities.


Title Organization Year
Fellow Colorado Clinical Translational Sciences Institute, Clinical Faculty Scholars Program 2012-2014
Fellow (R25) Building Careers for Research in Child Maltreatment and Intimate Partner Violence: Early Career Scholar Interdisciplinary Training Program. NICHD, Washington University, Brown School of Social Work 2012
Adolescent Health Prevention and Research Trainee Award (T01) Center for Disease Control, Center for Adolescent Nursing, Post-doctoral Training Fellowship 2010
University of Minnesota Presidential Student Leadership Award University of Minnesota 2008
Delta Sigma Honor Society Inductee, 2006 cohort, honoring community work of alumni.
University of Minnesota,
School of Public Health
Excellence in Nursing Education Award, Nominee.
University of Minnesota,
School of Nursing Alumni Society
Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society Inductee,
2004 community member cohort.
University of Minnesota,
School of Nursing
Betty Hallstrom Memorial Award University of Minnesota,
School of Public Health