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Current Role: Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, UNC- CH

Fellowship Tenure: July 2019 – July 2021

Academic Research Interests

  • Utilization of holistic
  • Integrative, multi-sector strategies to promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being for individuals and communities.
  • Developing strategies to reduce the long-term health effects of psychological trauma, anxiety, and depression on women’s health and birth outcomes.
  • Bio-psycho-social benefits of self-compassion, mindfulness, and other mind-body therapies as adjuncts to conventional treatment modalities.

Current Research Projects

  • The development of culturally relevant interventions to reduce disparities in stress-related adverse outcomes during the perinatal period and provide a platform to guide successful models for women’s health care providers that incorporate stress management and improve wellness across the lifespan.


  • Karen has a doctorate in nursing from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing and a master of science in nursing degree from Yale University.