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Karen Pounds

Associate Professor of the Practice


Dr. Karen Pounds’ specialty is psychiatric mental health nursing. She has 15 years of teaching experience, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Her area of research is focused on the therapeutic relationship and communication between patient and nurse. Dr. Pounds has been a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist for 40 years and her practice has been in just about every setting. She holds a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island, a Master of Science degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Boston College and a Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island.

Selected Publications

  • Andrews, J., Pounds, K., & Horowitz, J. (2022). The Therapeutic Relationship. In C. L. Edelman, & E. C. Kudzma (Eds.), Health Promotion throughout the Lifespan (10th ed., pp. 96–120). Elsevier.
  • Etchin, A. G., Fonda, J. R., Howard, E. P., Fortier, C. B., Milberg, W. P., Pounds, K., & McGlinchey, R. E. (2022). Childhood Trauma Differentially Impacts Depression and Stress Associations with Reintegration Challenges among Post-9/11 U.S. Veterans. Nursing Outlook, 70(2), 323–336. DOI: 10.1016/j.outlook.2021.10.008

Selected Presentations

  • Pounds, K. (2023). Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Novel IDEAS Moving Whole Health Forward. [Poster]. American Psychiatric Nurses Association's 37th Annual Conference. Lake Buena Vista, FL
  • Pounds, K., & Newton, M. (2022, October). Patient Centered Care: Development and Application of the New AACN Domain #2 in Graduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Education. 36th Annual Conference, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Long Beach, CA.
  • Pounds, K. (2022, October). Rethinking the Therapeutic Nurse-Patient Relationship in a Telepsychiatry Environment. 36th Annual Conference, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Long Beach, CA.