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 of Nursing

Highest Degree

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 5803   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


  • Nurse-Midwifery


Certified Nurse Midwife 2002-present

Selected Publications

Robinson, K.,(2016) Perinatal Nurses: Key to Increasing African American Breastfeeding Rates. Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing, 30(1), 3-5.doi:10.1097/JPN.0000000000000157

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.

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.

Honors and Awards

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


  • 2011-2012- Marquette University Regular Research Grant: “Infant Feeding Decision Making Among African American Women.”
  • Supplemental subsidy for federally funded Creating Nursing Workforce Diversity grant