Dr. Karen Jennings Mathis is an Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island College of Nursing. She recently completed a NIMH T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at The University of Chicago and was adjunct Clinical Faculty at Rush University College of Nursing. Jennings Mathis received her B.A. in Psychology from Amherst College, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Nursing from Boston College. She is certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the specialty of Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing.
Based on clinical and research experiences, her program of research examines the prevalence and presentation of eating disorders within Black populations to hopefully enhance evidence-based interventions to integrate cultural factors. As an early career researcher, she has received several awards and recognition for her leadership and research, and is active in leadership positions on various committees for the Academy of Eating Disorders and American Psychiatric Nurses Association.