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Scott B. Harpin, PhD, MPH, RN, APHN-BC, FSAHM

Associate Professor

Scott Harpin

Scott Harpin joined the CU College of Nursing as an assistant professor in 2011, and holds an affiliate faculty position in the Colorado School of Public Health. Harpin received dual masters degrees and PhD from the University of Minnesota and hold the advanced public health nursing certification from ANCC. He was awarded “Fellow” status in the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine in 2015. His research focuses on the health outcomes and mental health promotion 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, and public health nursing.

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 children entering the Hennepin County Child Protection System. 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. His research expertise extends to secondary data analyses of datasets, as well as using mixed methods for exploratory research to understand marginalized public health populations. 

Harpin is the co-director of the DNP/MPH “Dual Degree” and DNP-PHN programs in the College of Nursing. He also serves as co-chair of the Colorado Child Fatality Review Team (Governor’s appointment), is a College of Nursing representative to the CU Community-Campus Partnership Initiative, and volunteers with the Rocky Mountain Medical Reserve Corps. He lives with his wife and 2 daughters in southeast Denver.

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 SB, Brooks-Russell A, Ma M, James K, & Levinson A. (2017). Adolescent marijuana use and perceived ease of access before and after recreational marijuana implementation in Colorado. Substance Use & Misuse, 52, 1-6. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2017.1334069
  2. Harpin SB, Elliott, A., Auerswald, C. (2017). An moral case for universal healthcare for runaway and homeless youth. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, 10(3). 195-202. doi: 10.1108/IJHRH-03-2017-0009.
  3. Badillo-Urquiola K, Harpin SB, Wisniewski P. (2017). Abandoned but not forgotten: Providing access while protecting foster youth from online risks. In Proceedings of the 16th Interaction Design and Children 2017.
  4. Shaw K, Harpin SB, Steinke G, Stember M, & Krajicek M. (2017). Development of an innovative graduate education program to improve the public health nursing workforce: The University of Colorado DNP/MPH Dual Degree. Public Health Nursing, 34(2), 185-193. doi: 10.1111/phn.12300
  5. Harpin SB, Druck J, Schroeder, A, Favaro CW, McLean R, Wiler J, Jones CD, & Capp R. (2016). Transforming health care education to address social determinants of health: The 2014 Hot Spotters Student Program. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 5, 33-36. doi: 10.1016/j.xjep.2016.10.002
  6. Harpin SB, Rossi, AM†, Kim, AK, Swanson, LM. (2016). Behavioral impacts of Mindfulness with urban elementary students. Education, 137(2), 149-156.
  7. Shaw K, Harpin SB, Steinke G, Crane L, Krajicek M, & Stember M. (In press). Development of an innovative graduate education program to improve the public health nursing workforce: The University of Colorado DNP/MPH Dual Degree. Public Health Nursing.
  8. Harpin SB, Davis J, Low H, Gilroy C. (2016). Mobile phone and social media use of homeless youth in Denver CO. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 33(2), 90-97. DOI: 10.1080/07370016.2016.1159440
  9. Rogers HH, & Harpin SB. (2016). Increasing utilization of a college health office and improving exposure to preventative health services. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 12(4), 163-168. DOI: 10.1016/j.nurpra.2015.12.004
  10. Taussig H, Harpin SB, Betts W, Melnicoe L & Russo G. (2016). Foster Care Health Services, in L. Neinstein’s Adolescent Health Care: A Practical Guide (6th Ed.). Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins: Philadelphia, PA.
  11. Stover P. & Harpin SB. (2015) Decreasing Psychiatric Admission Wait Time in the Emergency Department by Facilitating Psychiatric Discharges. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 53(12), 20-27. DOI: 10.3928/02793695-20151020-02.
  12. Burchett P. Harpin SB, Peterson-Smith A., & Emery KD. (2015). Improving a urine culture callback follow-up system in a pediatric emergency department. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 29(6), 518-525. DOI: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2015.06.003.
  13. Edinburgh LD, Pape-Blabolil J, Harpin SB & Saewyc EM. (2015). Assessing exploitation experiences of girls and boys seen at a Child Advocacy Center. Child Abuse & Neglect, 39, 47-59. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.04.016.
  14. Francomano J.† & Harpin SB. (2015). Utilizing social networking sites to promote adolescents’ health: A pragmatic review of the literature. Computers, Informatics, and Nursing, 33(1). doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000113.
  15. Harpin SB, Ezeanochie N, & Bull S. (2014). Adolescent mobile phone use and health promotion. Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews, 25(3), 621-642.
  16. Sigal E, Harpin SB & Tung G. (2014). Increasing documentation and referral for youth at risk for violence through the primary health care setting. Clinical Pediatrics, 53(14), 1-7. doi: 10.1177/0009922814553431.
  17. Harpin SB, Sieving RE, Bernat D & Bearinger LH. (2014). Patterns of in-migration and out-migration of middle school adolescents. Health Behavior & Policy Review, 1(5), 351-361. doi: 10.14485/HBPR.1.5.1
  18. Edinburgh LD, Pape-Blabolil J, Harpin SB, & Saewyc EM. (2014). Multiple perpetrator rape among girls evaluated at a hospital-based Child Advocacy Center: Seven years of reviewed cases. Child Abuse & Neglect, 38(9), 1540-1551. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2014.05.008
  19. Mackelprang J, Harpin SB, Grubenhoff J, Rivera F. (2014). Adverse outcomes among homeless adolescents and young adults who report a history of traumatic brain injury. American Journal of Public Health, 104(10), 1986-1992. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2014.302087
  20. Taussig H, Harpin SB &. Maguire S. (2014). Suicidality among preadolescent maltreated children in foster care. Child Maltreatment, 19(1), 17-26. doi: 10.1177/1077559514525503
  21. Harpin SB, Kenyon DB, Kools S & Bearinger LH. (2013). Correlates of emotional distress in out‐of‐home youth. Journal of Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. 26(2), 110-118.
  22. Sigal E & Harpin SB. (2013). Primary care practitioners’ detection of youth violence involvement. Clinical Pediatrics. 52(5), 411-417.
  23. Edinburgh LD, Harpin SB, Garcia CP, & Saewyc EM. (2013). Differences in abuse and related risk and protective factors by runaway status for adolescents seen at a U.S. child advocacy centre. International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience. 1(1), 4-16.
  24. Harpin SB & 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.
  25. Bernat D, Harpin SB, Eisenberg M, Bearinger LH & Resnick MD. (2009). Parental support for the human papillomavirus vaccine. Journal of Adolescent Health, 45(5), 525-527.
  26. Widome R, Sieving RE, Harpin SB & Hearst MO. (2008). Measuring neighborhood connection and the association with violence in young adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 43(5), 482-489.
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."