Karen Robinson, Ph.D., RN, CNM

Karen Robinson
Karen Robinson, Ph.D., RN, CNMMarquette University

Clark Hall, 367

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-4535

Associate Professor

Highest Degree and Institution

Ph.D., Marquette University

Courses 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 6700:  Maternity Nursing and Women’s Health

NURS 6742:  Advanced Concepts in Antepartum Management

NURS 6744:  Advanced Concepts in Postpartum and Newborn Management

Research Interests

African American women's infant feeding decisions

Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy

Infant mortality

Breast Cancer among pre-menopausal women

Nursing Workforce Diversity.

Professional Affiliations

American College of Nurse Midwives

Midwest Nursing Research Society

Sigma Theta Tau International- Delta Gamma Chapter




Certified Nurse Midwife: American Midwifery Certification Board (CNM) 2002-present


Ohlendorf, J., Robinson, K., & M. Garnier-Villarreal. (2019). The impact of maternal BMI, gestational weight gain, and breastfeeding on early childhood weight: Analysis of a statewide WIC dataset. Preventive Medicine, 118, 210-215. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.11.001

Piacentine, L. B., Robinson, K.M., Waltke, L.J., Tjoe, J. A., & Ng, A.V. (2018). Promoting team-based exercise among African American breast cancer survivors. Western Journal of Nursing Research (MNRS Award Winning Paper). https://doi.org/10.1177/0193945918795313

Robinson ,K., Garnier-Villarreal, M., & Hanson, L. (2018). The effectiveness CenteringPregnancy to promote breastfeeding initiation among African American women: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing, 32 (2), 116- 126.

Robinson, K., VandeVusse, L., Foster, J. (2016). Low-income African American women’s reactions to breastfeeding peer counselors. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 45, 62-70.

Robinson, K.  (2016). Perinatal nurses: Key to increasing African American breastfeeding rates.       Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 30(1), 3-5. 

Honors and Awards

2019 ACNM Excellence in Teaching Award

2018 Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) /Western Journal of Nursing Research Best Faculty Paper Award

2016 Wallace Faculty Fellow Award


2016, Regular Research Grant/ Summer Faculty Funds (Marquette University): In-home Peer Counseling to Increase Breastfeeding Rates among African American Women Who Participate in WIC

2016, Wallace Faculty Fellow Scholar Award (Marquette University): The Impact of Maternal Pregnancy Weight Gain and Infant Feeding Choices on Childhood Weight Status:  Secondary Analysis of a Statewide WIC Data Set

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