Karen Robinson

Office Phone

(414) 288-4535


Nurse-Midwifery; Certified Nurse Midwife 2002- present

Brief Statement of Scholarly Interests

African American women's infant feeding decisions; Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy; Nursing interventions to help increase breastfeeding rates among African American women; Infant mortality; Nursing Workforce Diversity

Titles of Courses Recently Taught

Undergraduate Courses:
NURS 1001   Nursing & Health in Jesuit Tradition
NURS 1002   Dimensions of the Nursing Profession in the Jesuit Tradition
NURS 3800   Maternity Nursing and Women’s Health

Graduate Courses:
NURS 5803   Maternity Nursing and Women’s Health
NURS 6742   Advanced Concepts in Antepartum Management
NURS 6744   Advanced Concepts in Postpartum and Newborn Management

Selected Publications

(in press)  Robinson, K., Perinatal Nurses: Key to Increasing African American Breastfeeding Rates. Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing.

K. Robinson, L. VandeVusse, J. Foster. (2016). Low-income African American women’s reactions to breastfeeding peer counselors. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 45, 62-70. . http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jogn.2015.10.011

K. Robinson, L. Piancientine, L. Waltke, J. Tjoe, & A. Ng. (2015). Survivors speaks: A qualitative analysis of motivational factors influencing breast cancer survivors’ participation in a sprint-distance triathlon. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25, 247-256. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13067

N. Johnson, A. Bekhet, K. Robinson, & D. Rodriguez. (2014). Attributed meanings and strategies to prevent challenging behaviors of hospitalized children with autism: Two perspectives. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 28(5), 386-393, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2013.10.001

Tjoe, J. A., Waltke, L. J., Engel, A., Cybulski, A., Robinson, K., Piacentine, L., Papanek, P., & Ng, A. (2014). Surgery‑chemotherapy‑radiation,followed by a different kind of triathlon: Medically directed group exercise program is unique and effective among overweight and obese breast cancer survivors. Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews, 1(3), 150-151.

K. Robinson & L. VandeVusse. (2011). African American Women’s infant feeding choices: Prenatal breastfeeding self-efficacy and narratives from a Black Feminist perspective. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing.

K. Robinson. (2010). Neither White nor male: Female faculty of color [Review of the book, Neither White nor male: Female faculty of color, by K. G. Hendrix]. The ABNF Journal, 21(3), 66-67.

K. Robinson & L. VandeVusse. (2009). Exploration of African American women’s infant feeding choices. Journal of National Black Nurses Association. 20(2), 32-37.

K. Robinson. (2009). A pilot study of African American women’s narratives about their newborn feeding choices [Abstract]. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 31(8), 1082-1083. doi: 10.1177/0193945909342527 African American Women’s infant feeding Choices: Prenatal breastfeeding self-efficacy and narratives from a Black Feminist perspective. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing.

Grant or Awards

2011-Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) Childbearing Related Research Section New Investigator Award.

2011-2012- Marquette University Regular Research Grant: “Infant Feeding Decision Making Among African American Women.”

2010- NBNA Leadership Institute Fellow

2009-Midwest Nursing Research Society Student Poster Winner: Doctoral Category

2009-National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations, Inc. Poster Presentation Excellence Award

2007-Recipient of the Richard Frenn, Sr. and Freda Frenn Service Award. Awarded: $1,000 by Marquette University College of Nursing

Supplemental subsidy for federally funded Creating Nursing Workforce Diversity grant

Professional Memberships



College of Nursing Mission Statement

Through a transformational Catholic, Jesuit education, Marquette University College of Nursing prepares nurse leaders to promote health, healing and social justice for all people through clinical practice and development of nursing knowledge.