Karen Alexander, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Karen Alexander, PhD, RN, CCRN


130 South Ninth Street
Edison Building, Suite 844
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Email Karen Alexander

215-955-5674 fax

Karen Alexander, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Research & Clinical Interests

Care coordination, substance use in mothers, neonatal abstinence sydrome


PhD, Duquesne University (2018)
MSN, Thomas Jefferson University (2009)
BSN, Thomas Jefferson University (2005)
BA, French, Grove City College (2004)


Short, V. L., Cambareri, K., Gannon, M., Alexander, K., & Abatemarco, D. J. (2019). A Pilot Study to Assess Breastfeeding Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceptions of Individuals Who Work in Perinatal Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Settings. Breastfeeding Medicine.  Epub ahead of print, March 19th, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1089/bfm.2018.0257

Alexander, K., Kronk, R., Sekula, K., Short, V., Abatemarco, D. (2019).  Implementation of a mindfulness intervention with women in treatment for opioid use disorder.  Issues in Mental Health Nursing.  Epub ahead of print, May 17th, 2019.  https://doi.org/10.1080/01612840.2019.1585499 

Alexander, K. (2018).  Integrative review of the relationship between mindfulness-based parenting interventions and depression symptoms in parents.  Journal of Obstetric, Gynecology and Neonatal Nursing47(2): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jogn.2017.11.013

Alexander, K. (2017). A call to compassionate care.  Journal of Addictions Nursing,28(4):220-223

Bouchaud, M., Swan, B. A., Gerolamo, A., Black, K., Alexander, K.,Bellot, J., ... & Scherzer, R. (2016). Accelerating design and transforming baccalaureate nursing education to foster a culture of health.  Journal of Nursing Education and Practice6(11), 97-103

Alexander, K. (2015).  Hildegard Peplau: A theory critique.  Journal of Nursing Doctoral Students Scholarship3, 50-59. 

Alexander, K., Dawson-Jones, J., Grayem, K. (2014). Coaching and counseling of patients and families.  In Hass, S., Swan, B.A., Haines, T. (Eds.), Care Coordination and Transition Management Core Curriculum, American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses. 

Alexander, K. (2013). Social determinants of methadone in pregnancy: Violence, social capital, and mental health. Issues in Mental Health Nursing34(10), 747-751.

Professional Organizations


Society of Pediatric Nursing
Sigma Theta Tau



Alexander, K. (2017).  Podium.  The lived experience of mothers with infants diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome.  The 8th Annual McGinley-Rice Symposium Exploring Social Justice for Vulnerable Populations: The Face of the Person with an Addiction at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Alexander, K. Dawson-Jones, J., Grayem, K. (2014).  Online presentation (module), Coaching and counseling of patients and families. Care Coordination and Transition Management Online Course

Alexander, K. (2014).  Poster Presentation, Using technology to teach social determinants of health to undergraduate nursing students. Drexel Undergraduate Nursing Education Institute, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 

Alexander, K.  (2013). Poster Presentation.  A picture of interdisciplinary collaboration:  Homeless Youth in Philadelphia.,National Healthcare for the Homeless Conference and Policy Symposium,Washington, D.C.