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Karen Alexander, PhD, RN, CCRN

Karen Alexander, PhD, RN, CCRN

Contact Dr.  Alexander

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

(215) 503-7796
(215) 955-5674 fax


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

University Appointment

Assistant Professor

Research & Clinical Interests

Care coordination, substance use in mothers, neonatal abstinence sydrome

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.

Additional Publications

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.
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.
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):
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.