The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Faculty & Staff

Karen Giuliano

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BS in Nursing, Boston College, 1983; MSN, University of Rhode Island, 1989; PhD Nursing, Boston College, 2005. MBA, Global Management, Babson College, 2009. Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Karen Giuliano has over 25 years of experience in critical care nursing, medical product development and innovation, and patient-centered clinical outcomes research. Her primary focus is in general acute and critical care with a special interest in using human-centered design to better understand how clinical needs, medical technology use, product development and innovation intersect to improve the process of care for clinicians and the experience of care for patients. 

Prior to joining the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Karen spent many years working on medical product development from an industry perspective, including 12 years with Philips Healthcare. Karen actively contributes to many professional organizations and continues to work with small, medium and large companies on medical product development and innovation.  In addition, her own interdisciplinary program of research is focused in two main areas: non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia prevention and IV smart pump safety and usability. 

As Co-Director of the Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation, Giuliano hopes to unleash the largely untapped potential of nurses and other frontline clinicians as healthcare innovation leaders by supporting the power of the nurse-engineer team.  The Center will use design-thinking, human-factors principles, and rapid iterative prototyping/usability testing to create healthcare products and services that specifically address needs at the point of care.

Karen Giuliano is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), a six-sigma green belt, and holds a BSN and PhD in nursing from Boston College, nurse practitioner from the University of Massachusetts, an MBA (Global Management Concentration) from Babson College and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship on IV infusion device safety at Yale University.




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