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School of Nursing Personnel - Karen J. Foli

Karen J. Foli, MSN, PhD, RN
Associate Professor
Director, PhD Program Development
Phone: 765-494-4023
Fax: 765-494-6339

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Specialization: Transitions in Adoptive and Kinship Families


BSN, Indiana State University
MSN, Indiana University
PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign

Research: Transitions in Adoptive and Kinship Families

Dr. Foli’s research is focused on the mental health, transitions, and challenges faced by non-traditional families (adoptive and kinship) in community settings. Her work seeks to elucidate the risks and buffers to these challenges through longitudinal data, and test interventions to improve family functioning. Her mid-range theory and subsequent research findings describe post-adoption depression faced by parents after placement of a child. Other projects include teaching/learning strategies, and quality improvement through LEAN healthcare techniques.  Her research methods include qualitative (e.g., grounded theory, phenomenology, and content analysis), quantitative, and mixed methods. She actively mentors students in a wide variety of projects, with special emphasis on mental health and families.  She brings years of clinical, research, and publication experience to each project.  Dr. Foli is a Fellow in the Teaching Academy and past Service Learning Faculty Fellow, as well as Lean Yellow Belt Certified and a Master Trainer in Team STEPPS.


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