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Karen Weis

PhD, RNC-OB, FAAN

Professor

Brigadier General Lillian Dunlap Professional Chair in Nursing

Nursing Building Office #117

e-mail: weis@uiwtx.edu

office phone: (210) 829-3987

  • Educational Degrees

    PhD in Nursing Science – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Masters in Nursing Science (Acute Care Nurse Practitioner) – University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

    Bachelors in Nursing Science – Wichita State University

     

  • Brief Academic and Teaching History

    2015 – Present:  University of the Incarnate Word

    2013-2015:  Dean, Medical Education and Training Campus, Joint Base-Ft Sam, Texas

    2011-2013: Director of Nursing Research, 59th Medical Wing, Joint Base-Lackland, Texas

    2008-2011:  Dean, United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks City-Base, Texas

  • Coursesd Taught

    Nursing Research

    Health Policy

    Principles of Evidence-Based Practice

    Concepts of Evaluation and Dissemination

 

  • Research Interests

    Prenatal maternal anxiety and birth outcomes

    Maternal prenatal and postnatal depression

    Military pregnancy and the family

  • Recent Intellectual Contributions

    Publications

    Weis, K. L., Lederman, R. P., Walker, K. C., & Chan, W. (2017). Mentors offering maternal support reduces prenatal, pregnancy-specific anxiety in a sample of military women. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 46(5), 669-685.

     

    Thiam, M. A., & Weis, K. L. (2017). Overview of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. In M. Thiam (Ed.), Perinatal mental health and the military family: Identifying and treating mood and anxiety disorders (pp. 14-31). New York: Routledge.

     

    Thiam, M. A., & Weis, K. L. (2017). Introduction to military service and the military family. In M. Thiam (Ed.), Perinatal mental health and the military family: Identifying and treating mood and anxiety disorders (pp. 69-81). New York: Routledge.

     

    Thiam, M. A., Hodson, D., & Weis, K. L. (2017). Future directions. In M.

    Thiam (Ed.), Perinatal mental health and the military family: Identifying and treating mood and anxiety disorders (pp. 218-221). New York: Routledge.

     

    Weis, K. L. & Elmore, K. O. (2017). Current military perinatal mental health treatment models. In M. Thiam (Ed.), Perinatal mental health and the military family: Identifying and treating mood and anxiety disorders (pp. 151-165). New York: Routledge.

     

    Weis, K. L., & Ryan, T. W. (2012). Mentors offering maternal support: A support intervention for military mothers. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 41, 303-313.

    Weis, K., & Ledermen, R. (2010). Prenatal spousal military deployment and maternal prenatal adaptation as predictors of postpartum maternal-infant attachment. SOJNR: Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research, 10(3), http://snrs.org/publications/SOJNR_articles2/Vol10Num03Main.htm

     

    Lederman, R. P., Weis, K. L. (2009). Psychosocial adaptation to pregnancy: Assessment of seven dimensions of maternal role development (3rd ed.). New York: Springer.

     

    Presentations

     

    Weis, K. L., Lederman, R. P., Walker, K. C., & Chan, W. (2017, July). Longitudinal evaluation of a

    prenatal mentoring program for decreasing maternal anxiety in a military sample. Paper presentation at the Sigma Theta Tau 28th International Nursing Research Congress, Dublin, Ireland.

     

    Weis, K., Lederman, R., Walker, K., Paden, R., & Chan, W. (2017, March). Predictors of increased prenatal maternal anxiety, self-esteem, and resilience in a sample of military women. In K. Weis (Chair), Prevalence and predictors of depression and stress in diverse samples of pregnant women. Symposium conducted at the Society of Behavioral

     

    Weis, K., Lederman, R., Morgan, B., & Chan, W. (2016, March). Mentors offering maternal support (M-O-M-STM): Findings from a randomized control trial. A poster presentation, Society of Behavioral Medicine 37th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions, Washington, D.C.

     

    Lederman, R. P., Weis, K., & Roberts-Gray, C. (2015, February). Preterm birth and anxiety in low and high-risk women:  Selecting anxiety measures and interventions. In C. R. France (Ed.), Society of Behavioral Medicine, 36th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, 49(S1), S54

     

    Weis, K. (2015, March 27). Building a theory-based intervention. Plenary Address at the Sigma Theta Tau Epsilon Nu Chapter Dr. Linda Corson Jones Scholarship Day, New Orleans, LA.

     

    Weis, K., Greene, E., & Thiam, M. A. (May, 2014). Perinatal mental health and the military family. Panel           presentation at the American Psychiatric Association’s 167th Annual Meeting, New York.

     

     

     

  • Awards and Accomplishments

    Principle Investigator. “Mentors Offering Maternal Support (M-O-M-S): A Prenatal Program Building Maternal Self-Esteem, Coping, and Resilience and Decreasing Depression.” Joint Program Committee-5, Congressionally funded program, FA8650-17-6817, September 15, 2017 – December 15, 2020.

     

    Principle Investigator. “Linking Pregnancy Stress to Specific Biomarkers: Testing a Military Intervention.” TriService Nursing Research Program Grant, HU0001-11-1-TS13 (N11-C11), August 1, 2011 – July 31, 2016.

     

    Principle Investigator. “Mentors Offering Maternal Support (MOMS): Building Resilient Families.” TriService Nursing Research Program Grant, HU0001-11-1-TS13 (N11-C11), August 1, 2011 – July 31, 2014.

     

    Principal Investigator. “Mentor’s Offering Maternal Support (M.O.M.S.).” Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, Modernization Directorate award, October 1, 2007- September 31, 2008.

     

    Principal Investigator. “Military Families: Psychosocial Adaptation to Pregnancy.” TriService Nursing Research Program Award, July 2002 – June 2005.

     

    2012 – Clinical Researcher of the Year – Air Education and Training Command

     

    2012 – The Rebecca Sealy Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

     

    2010 – Inducted into the American Academy of Nursing

     

    2009 – Inducted in the University of Texas School of Nursing Hall of Fame