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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Scott B. Harpin, PhD, MPH, RN

Assistant Professor

Scott Harpin

Scott Harpin joined the CU College of Nursing in 2011. His research focuses on the health outcomes of vulnerable adolescent and young-adult populations, specifically runaway/homeless youth and those transitioning out of foster care. Areas of teaching include epidemiology, health promotion, nursing research, public health nursing and the professional role of nurses.

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. While in Minnesota, he was 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).

Since joining the faculty at CU, Harpin has partnered with Urban Peak (Denver, CO) to investigate health utilization patterns of homeless youth and the effectiveness of a tailored screening and brief intervention for newly homeless youth. He continues to work with Kempe Center and child maltreatment partners at Children's Hospital of St. Paul to study mental health and physical/sexual violence against children. Very recently, his team of public health nursing faculty was awarded a HRSA Bureau of Health Professions grant to develop a dual degree DNP/MPH program with the CU School of Public Health.

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. Francomano, J, & Harpin, S. B. (in press). Utilizing social networking sites to promote the health of adolescents. Computers, Informatics, and Nursing. Mentored student project, CU AMC Public Health Award winner, December 2012.
  2. Sigal, E., Harpin, S. B., & Tung, G. (in press). Implementing youth violence risk screening in the primary care setting. Clinical Pediatrics.
  3. Harpin, S. B., Sieving, R. E., Bernat, D., & Bearinger, L. H. (2014). Attrition and missingness in a longitudinal sample of urban middle school adolescents. Health Behavior & Policy Review, 1(5), 351-361. doi:
  4. Harpin, S. B., Ezeanochie, N., & Bull, S. (in press). Adolescent mobile phone use and health promotion. Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews.
  5. Taussig, H., Harpin, S. B., Betts, W., Melnicoe, L., & Russo, G. (in press). Foster care health services. In L. Neinstein (Ed.), Adolescent health care: A practical guide (6th Ed.).
  6. Edinburgh, L. D., Pape-Blabolil, J., Harpin, S. B., & Saewyc, E. M. (2014). Forensic examinations for adolescents who have been gang-raped or sexually exploited: A mixed-methods study. Child Abuse & Neglect, 38(9), 1540-1551. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2014.05.008. Available as open access from the journal website.
  7. Mackelprang, J., Harpin, S. B., Grubenhoff, J., & Rivera, F. (2014). Traumatic brain injury among runaway/homeless youth. American Journal of Public Health, 104(10), 1986-1992. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2014.302087
  8. Taussig, H., Harpin, S. B., & Maguire, S. (2014). Suicidality among preadolescent children in foster care. Child Maltreatment, 19(1), 17-26. doi: 10.1177/1077559514525503
  9. 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.
  10. 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).
  11. Sigal, E. & Harpin, S. B. (2013). Primary-care practitioners' detection of youth violence involvement. Clinical Pediatrics, 52(5), 411-417.
  12. 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).
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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

​Colorado Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) Community Engagement Grant (role: PI). August 2014-July 2015. "Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral for Runaway/Homeless Youth."

CU College of Nursing Intramural Grant (role: PI). August 2013-July 2014. "Exploring Health Utilization Patterns of Runaway and Homeless Youth."

HRSA, Bureau of Health Professions, Advanced Nursing Education Program Grant (role: faculty lead). August 2013-July 2016. "Developing DNP-prepared Public Health Nurse Leaders: Managing Chronic Condition Populations."

Children's Hospital of St. Paul Intramural Grant (role: Co-I). October 2012-September 2013. "Gang-raped versus Sexually-exploited Girls' Experiences of Victimization, Risk Behaviors, Resiliency Attributes, and Legal Outcomes."

HRSA, Maternal-Child Health Bureau, MCH Nursing Graduate Education (role: project faculty). August 2011-July 2013. "Nursing Leadership: Pediatric Special Needs Program."