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Karen Kalmakis

PhD, MPH, MS, FNP-BC
University of Massachusetts Amherst
School of Nursing
Skinner Hall
651 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel. 413 577-4763
kalmakis@nursing.umass.edu


Biography 

A tenured associate professor of nursing and a Center for Research on Families Scholar, Dr. Karen Kalmakis has focused her research on the health consequences of victimization and childhood adversity. She is currently investigating the persistent neurobiological stress response to childhood adversity among youth.  Additionally, Dr. Kalmakis is engaged in research to investigate nurse practitioner screening for adverse childhood experiences among adult primary care patients.  Dr. Kalmakis is a certified family nurse practitioner with special interest in public health.  She has had clinical experiences in acute care, community health, women’s health, corrections and college health. Dr. Kalmakis teaches in the both the graduate and undergraduate nursing programs.

Dr. Kalmakis serves as the Massachusetts State Representative to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau chapter counselor, a member of the University’s Research Library Council, a member of the Northwestern District Attorney Community Sexual Assault Response Team, and as a regular volunteer at the Pioneer Valley Free Health Service.

 

Education

PhD            University of Massachusetts Amherst, School of Nursing, Amherst, MA. (2008). Nursing
MPH           University of Massachusetts Amherst, School of Public Health, Amherst, MA. (2005). Public Health
MS              University of Massachusetts Amherst, School of Nursing, Amherst, MA. (1993). Nursing
BSN             Elms College, Chicopee, MA. (1986). Nursing

 

Research  Interests

Childhood adversity
Sexual assault
Bio behavioral research
Stress
Women’s health

 

Certifications and Licensure

Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center (1998-present)
Certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Registered Nurse, Massachusetts Board of Nursing Registration

 

Grants/Funding

2014 - 2015     Nurse practitioner screening for adverse childhood experiences among adult primary   care patients: A mixed-method study.  American Nurses Foundation (ANF). Principle Investigator, Funded $4,799.
2014 – 2015    Strengthening clinical and research capacity for cervical cancer screening, prevention, and treatment in Cameroon. UMass Center for Clinical & Translational Science Collaborator. Funded $50,000.
2012 - 2013     The Chronic Stress Response to Adverse Childhood Experiences. Faculty Research Grant (FRG). Principle Investigator. Funded $8096.
2012 – 2013     Center for Research on Families Scholar 2012-2013.  Principle Investigator. Funded   8,000.
2012 - 2013     Web-based education to improve follow-up care for victims of sexual assault. Sigma Theta Tau, Beta  Zeta Chapter. Principle Investigator.  Funded $1000.
2012 - 2013     MSP Research Support Fund. Principle Investigator.  Funded $500.
2012 - 2013     Flex Grant for Teaching/Faculty Development/MSP. (2012). Principle Investigator. Funded $500.
2012 - 2013     Exploratory trips intended for future faculty-led study abroad programs. Faculty and Staff Internationalization Grant program. Principle Investigator. Funded $4455.
2011 - 2012     Center for Research on Families Pre-award 2011-2012.  Principle Investigator. Funded $8,000.
2011 - 2012     The Relationship between Health Risk Behavior and Adverse Childhood Experiences Among Young Adults. University of Massachusetts School of Nursing Research Award.  Principle Investigator. Funded $3,440.           
2009 - 2010     Mentoring in the Tenure Track. Melon Mutual Mentoring Micro Grant, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA. Principle Investigator. Funded $1,200.
2008 - 2009     Website for Victim’s of Sexual Assault, Feasibility Study. University of Massachusetts School of Nursing.  Principle Investigator. Funded $3,000.
2007 -  2008    The Cycle of Substance Misuse and Victimization. Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Zeta-at-large Chapter.  Principle Investigator. Funded $1,500.
2002 – 2003     Establishment of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner site at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Principle Investigator. Funded $25,000.

 

Publications

Kalmakis, K.A. & Chandler, G. (in Press). Health consequences of adverse childhood experiences: A  systematic review.  Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (accepted April, 2014).

Kalmakis, K. A. & Chandler, G. (2014). Adverse childhood experiences: Toward a Clear Conceptual Meaning.  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70(6), 1447-1447. doi: 10.1111/jan.12415

Kalmakis, K. A. & L. J. Banning. (2012).Web-Based Follow-up information for and research on victims  of sexual assault. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics 16(1).   http://ojni.org/issues/?p=1272

Kalmakis, K (2011). Struggling to survive: The experiences of women sexually assaulted while intoxicated. The Journal of Forensic Nursing. 7(2), 60-67. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-3938.2011.01100.x

Kalmakis, K.A., Cunnigham, H., Lamoureux, E.T., Ahmed, E.M. (2010). Broadcasting Simulation Case Studies to the Didactic Classroom.  Nurse Educator, vol. 35 (6), 264-267.

Kalmakis, K. (2010). The Cycle of sexual assault and women’s alcohol misuse. The Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. 22(12), 661-667.  doi:10.1111/j.1745-  7599.2010.00557.x

Hayes, E., Kalmakis, K.A.  (2007).  From the sidelines: Coaching as a nurse practitioner strategy for improving health outcomes. The Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 19(11), 555-562.

Hayes, E., Allen, J., Gruen, S. Wilson, J., Kalmakis, K. (2001). Nurse Practitioners practice patterns, compensation, and professional organization participation: Western Massachusetts.  Clinical Excellence for Nurse Practitioners, 5(1), 52-60.

Book Chapters

Kalmakis, K. (2014). The Sexual Assault Victim and Intimate Partner Violence. In H. Carcio & M. Secor (Eds.), Advanced Health Assessment of Women. New York: Springer Publishing Co. (In Press January, 2014)

Kalmakis, K. (2009). The Sexual Assault Victim. In H. Carcio & M. Secor (Eds.), Advanced Health Assessment of Women (pp. 319-323). New York: Springer Publishing Co.

                       

Awards

Chancellor’s Junior Faculty Fellow. Selected. (2009-2012).

 

Honors

Inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (2005).

Cum Laude, Elms College, Chicopee, MA (1986).

 

Professional Association Memberships / Service

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) (2009-present)
  • Massachusetts State Representative to the AANP (2013-present)
Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (2011-present)
Eastern Nursing Research Society (2008-present)
  • Co-Chair Bio-behavioral Research Interest Group
Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (MCNP) (1995-present)
  • MCNP Political Action Committee Member (2012-present)
  • Continuing Education Committee Member, Pioneer Valley Chapter (1995-2000)
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (2011-present)
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Beta Zeta Chapter (2008-present)
  • Nurse Leader Review Committee (2013-present)
  • Beta Zeta-at-large Chapter Counselor (2012-present)