Karen S. Kauffman, PhD, CRNP, RN, FAAN

Karen KauffmanChair and Associate Professor, FCH
Address: 616C
Phone Number: 410-706-0795
Fax Number: 410-706-0253


  • BSN, Nursing, Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales, Allentown, PA, 1984
  • MS, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1987
  • PhD, Nursing/Gerontology/Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1992


  • 2014-Present: PI/Consultant, IMPAQ, International, Inc.: Evaluation of Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration Program – Phase 2. Funded by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 
  • 2013-2018: Co-investigator: Patient-Centered Involvement in Evaluating the Effectiveness of Treatments (PATIENTS). (PI) C. Daniel Mullins. Funded by AHRQ.
    Sub-project: Methods for selecting comparator interventions using PATIENTS. (PI) Dr. Susan dosReis. 2015 – 2017.
    Sub-project: Patient perspectives on hospital discharge planning and transitions of care. (PI) Dr. Ebere Onukwugha. 2016 - 2017.
  • 2011-2012: Co-investigator: Expert Stakeholder Interviews to Identify Evidence for Eliciting the Patient’s Perspective in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. PI: Dr. C. Daniel Mullins; Funded by Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
  • 2005-2006: Co-investigator: Health of Female Mexican Crab Pickers. PI: Dr. Jane Lipscomb; Funded by Johns Hopkins NIOSH/Education and Research Center.
  • 2004-2010: Consultant: SBIR with LightBridge Healthcare Research, Inc. Translating Dementia Care Research. PI: Thomas B. Elin; Funded by NIA.
  • 2004-2006: Co-investigator: Blood Exposure and Primary Prevention in the Home Care Workplace. PI: Dr. Jane Lipscomb; Funded by NIOSH.
  • 2004: Consultant: SBIR with DANYA: Senior Alcohol Abuse: The Hidden Epidemic. PI: Dr. Susie Nemes; Funded by NIA.
  • 2003: Consultant: Workplace Violence IN Home and Community Health; PI: Dr. Jane Lipscomb; Funded by NIOSH.
  • 1999-2001: Co-PI: Decision Support for Neonatal Intensive Nursing. PI: Dr. Teresa L. Panniers; Funded by NYU
  • 1996-1998: PI: Urban Fear Syndrome among Elderly Black Women: An ethnographic pilot in a Baltimore community known for dangerous public spaces. Competitive grant funded by University of Maryland Internal Faculty Development Award. $5000.00
  • 1994: PI: The Role of the Village Health Volunteer in Primary Health Care: An Ethnographic Field Study. Conducted in Srithan Village, Khon Kaen, Thailand during USAID-sponsored Visiting Professor Exchange program between Case Western Reserve University and Khon Khan University.


  • Kauffman, K. S., Doede, M., Diaz-Abad, M., Scharf, S. M., Bell-Farell, W., Rogers, V. E., Geiger-Brown, J. Experience of insomnia, symptom attribution and treatment preferences in individuals with moderate to server COPD: A qualitative study. (2014). Patient Preference and Adherence, 2014(8), 1699-1704. http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/PPA.S71666
  • Kauffman, K. S., dosReis, S., Ross, M., Barnet, B., Onukwugha, E. & Mullins, C. D. Engaging hard-to-reach patients in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. (2013). Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research2(3), 313-324.
  • Kauffman, K.S. (2010). Making sense of health care reform. The Faculty Voice, University of Maryland, 23 (4).
  • McPhaul, K. M., Rosen, J., Bobb, S. H., Okechukwu, C., Geiger-Brown, J., Kauffman, K., Johnson, J. V., Lipscomb, J. (2007). An exploratory study of mandated safety measures for home visiting case managers. Ethics, Values, and Decision-Making, 39(4), 173-189.
  • Zanoni, J., Kauffman, K., McPhaul, K., Nickels, L., Hayden, M., Glassman, M., Vega, L., Sokas, R., & Lipscomb, J. (2007). Personal care assistants and blood exposure in the home environment: Focus group findings. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 1(2), 125 – 131.
  • Kauffman, K. S., & Douglas, M. (2005). Alzheimer's Disease and Public Policy. Geriatric Care Management Journal, 14(1), 15-18.
  • Kauffman, K. S., & Barlow. (1997). Planning health for populations: A new role for nurse practitioners? Nurse Practitioner Forum, 34(4), 249-255.
  • Kauffman, K.S. & Myers, D. (1997). The changing role of village health volunteers in Northeast Thailand: an ethnographic field study. International Journal for Nursing Studies, 34(4), 249-255.
  • Kauffman, K.S. (1995). Center as haven: Findings of an urban ethnography. Nursing Research, 44(4), 231-236.
  • Kauffman, K. (1995). Qualitative nursing research: The value for nursing. Mondo Infermieristico: Nursing World, (4)2-3, 2-3. (The official journal of the Instituto Italiano Ricerca Infermieristica, the Italian Health Sciences Research Center.)
  • Kauffman, K.S. (1994). The insider/outsider dilemma: Field experience of a white researcher “getting in” a poor black community. Nursing Research, 43(3), 179-183.
  • Strumpf, N.E., & Kauffman, K.S. (1994). Long-term care: Meeting obligations to the elderly. In J.C. McCloskey & H.K. Grace (Eds.), Current issues in nursing (4th ed.) St. Louis: C. W. Mosby.
  • Kauffman, K.S. (1992). A center as haven: Ethnography of elders in an underclass community. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
  • Strumpf, N.E. & Kauffman-Knibbe, K.S. (1990). Long-term care: Fulfilling promises to the old among us. In J. C. McCloskey & H.K. Grace (Eds.), Current issues in nursing (pp. 217-225). St. Louis: C.W. Mosby.

Academic & Professional Activities

  • 2015: Member, UMB Council for the Arts and Culture
  • 2013–Present: Governor-appointed member, Virginia I. Jones Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Council
  • 2013: Inducted as Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing
  • 2012: Featured in The Alzheimer Caregiver, a series of online learning guides and educational resources for professional and family caregivers, created by LightBridge Health Care Research, Inc. to be aired on an In Focus segment for 200+ Public Television affiliates across the country until February 2014. NIH/NIA SBIR Funding; PI: Thomas B. Elin.
  • 2012: Maryland Circle of Excellence of Top 100 Women 2013 (for sustained achievement and women who have been named Top 100 Women two times prior)
  • 2012: University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Service (National and Chapter Board member of the Alzheimer’s Association)
  • 2011: Chair, National Alzheimer’s Disease Advocacy Forum, Washington, DC where more than 625 activists from 45 states attended; over 400 visits to Congressional offices were made.
  • 2009-Present: Director on the Board of The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Maryland Chapter; Member of the Public Policy Committee; Member of the Medical Science Committee; Member of the Compensation Committee
  • 2009: One  of Maryland’s Top 100 Women for 2009
  • 2008: Moderator for The Alzheimer Caregiver, a series  of online learning guides and educational resources (on DVD) for professional and family caregivers created by LightBridge Health Care Research, Inc.; NIH/NIA SBIR funding; PI: Thomas B. Elin.
  • 2007: Expert Witness, United States District Court for the District of Delaware: ‘318 PATENT INFRINGEMENT LITIGATION; JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICA N.V., JANSSEN L.P., and SYNAPTECH, INC. (holding patent for galantamine, an FDA approved drug for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease) v. TEVA PHARMACEUTICALS USA, INC. and TEVA PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES, LTD, MYLAN PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. and MYLAN LABORATORIES, INC., DR. REDDY’S LABORATORIES, INC. and DR. REDDY’S LABORATORIES, LTD., BARR LABORATORIES, INC., PUREPAC PHARMACEUTICAL CO. and ACTAVIS GROUP, ALPHAPAHARM PTY LTD. Expert Witness for the plaintiff represented by Covington & Burling LLP, of Washington, DC.
  • 2005-2013: Director on the Board of the National Alzheimer’s Association, Chicago, IL; Member of Public Policy Committee; Member of Program Committee; Member of 501©(4) Task Force (2008); Member of Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee (2009-present); Member, Internal Standard Review Committee (2010-present); Chair, Task Force to update Alzheimer’s Association Ethic Statement (2010-11); Member of  Governance and Nominating (2011-present); Chair, 23rd Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum (2011); Mentor to Board Members with Young-Onset Alzheimer’s disease (2009-present)
  • 2005–2007: Governor-appointed member, Advisory Committee for CommunityChoice, a proposed mandated managed care program for dual eligibles in Maryland; member of Care Coordination subcommittee
  • 2004-2012: Director on the Board of LightBridge Health Care Research, Inc., (an NIH/NIA funded SBIR to translate Alzheimer’s disease research)
  • 2004: One of Maryland’s Top 100 Women for 2004
  • 2002-Present: Governor-appointed member, State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life
  • 2001-2003: Member, U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Workgroup on Assisted Living - representing National Conference of Gerontological Nurse Practitioners
  • 2000–2008: Director on the Board of the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Maryland Chapter – Chair, State Public Policy Committee, 2000 to 2005
  • 1999–2005: Director on the Board of Memorial Apartments (HUD-assisted housing for low-income seniors in Baltimore)
  • 1994: Visiting Professor - Khon Kaen University, Thailand: Conducted a 6-week nursing practicum on Primary Health Care, completed an ethnographic field study in a rural village undergoing rapid urbanization, taught seminars, and planned for ongoing collaboration between Khon Kaen University and Case Western Reserve University in education, research, and practice. Funded by USAID
  • 1991: December: Citation from the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Awarded for “outstanding service to the poor and needy citizens of North Philadelphia,” an economically disadvantaged community