Dr. Karen Jennings Mathis is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 15 years of clinical experience. She completed a NIMH T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at The University of Chicago under the mentorship of Dr. Jennifer Wildes. Jennings Mathis currently serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, and co-chairs the Academy for Eating Disorders’ Research Practice Committee and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s Research Council Steering Committee.
Jennings Mathis’ primary research interests include the synergistic relationship between research and practice and promotion of mental health among young adults, specifically nursing students who identify as African American and Latinx. Her current research is focused on integrating evidence-based practices and interventions into nursing education and academic clinical settings to promote mental health and decrease risky behaviors such as disordered eating and eating disorders. Jennings Mathis is a Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar, a Fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson New Careers in Nursing Scholarship, a Heilbrunn Scholar, and a recipient of the 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader Awards.