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miyamotoAssistant Professor Sheridan Miyamoto has received a $1.14 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to develop the Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Forensic Examination and Training (SAFE-T) Center.

Dr. Miyamoto’s project will use telemedicine technology to enhance access to sexual assault forensic exams in underserved populations, such as those living in rural areas and correctional facilities, by training registered nurses to be certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs).

“Access to qualified SANEs is challenging in underserved settings because they often practice in urban hospital settings,” Miyamoto said. “It is difficult for those working with underserved populations to obtain the required training and initial mentoring. As a result, victims often receive lower quality of care.”

Faculty members Janice Penrod and Lorah Dorn will be part of the project team, which also includes Daniel Perkins, professor of human development and family studies; Jennifer McCall-Hosenfeld, associate professor of medicine and public health sciences, College of Medicine; and Casey McClain, instructor in public service, Penn State Law.