Karyn Roberts, PhD, RN, CHSE
Dr. Roberts been a pediatric nurse for over 25 years working in a variety of areas, including neurosurgery, general pediatrics, and in the pediatric emergency department. Dr. Roberts has spent several years overseas in Russia and Central Asia in the late 90s early 2000’s which have informed her views on nursing, healthcare delivery systems, and the role of culture as it impacts access to care and disparities among underserved populations. Dr. Roberts research interest is pediatric obesity from infancy to adolescence. Her interest encompasses the physiological, psychosocial, environmental, and social determinants which impact the prevalence and subsequent sequelae of severe obesity in children. Her current research focuses on children with severe obesity and their families exploring how families manage recommended treatment and using these data to inform future interventions. Dr. Roberts is an expert teacher and advocate for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels effectively using evidence-based simulation techniques to improve students’ critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills and is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator.
Awards and Honors
Daisy Faculty Award, UIC-College of Nursing 2013
Seth and Denise Rosen Memorial Award, UIC-College of Nursing 2019
Research Award, Sigma Theta Tau-Alpha Lambda Chapter, 2019
Giness Advance Practice Scholarship Recipient-Emergency Nurses Association, 2011
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, 1994-Present
Experiences of Families with Children Attending a Clinic-Based Weight Management Program- Ann and Robert E. Lurie’s Children’s Hospital
Experiences of Families with Children Attending a Clinic-Based Weight ManagementProbram: A Qualitative Study
Sigma Theta Tau International-Small Grants- PI
Roberts, K.J., Vincent, C., Gallo, A.M, Patil, C.L., Binns, H.J., & Koenig, M.D. Postcard Presentation “Family Management of Severe Obesity in Adolescents”. Midwest Nursing Research Society 44th Annual Research Conference: Advancing Nursing Research With Diverse Populations. Virtual Conference April 3, 2020.
Roberts, K. J., & Gallo, A.M. Poster Presentation “Experiences of Families with Children Attending a Clinic-Based Weight Management Program: A Qualitative Study.” 14th International Family Nursing Conference (IFNC14). Washington DC, August 14, 2019.
Johnson, A., Corte, C., Roberts, K.J. (2018). Poster Presentation “Possible Selves, Psychological Well-Being, and Substance Use in Young Men Post-Incarceration”. Midwest Nursing Research Society 42nd Annual Research Conference: The Future of Nursing Research: Economic Realities and Creative Solutions. Cleveland, OH April 14, 2018.
Roberts, K.J., O’Rourke, J. Poster Presentation “Using Multiple Hybrid Patient Simulation to Teach Prioritization, Safety and Communication.” INACSL (International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning) Conference 2016. Grapevine, TX June 16, 2016.
Kendrick, A., Roberts, K. J. Poster Presentation “Utilizing Simulation to Bridge Gaps in Clinical Nursing Education”. 40th Annual March of Dimes Perinatal Conference: Improving Perinatal Outcomes: 40 Years of Success! Westin, Lombard, IL March 9 & 10, 2015.
Roberts, K.J., Duback, K., Sava, K. & Obrecht, J.(2014). Poster Presentation “Integrating Nursing Education and Practice: Utilizing Clinical Partnerships To Provide Simulation Experiences to Nursing Students.” 9th Annual NLN/Elsevier Technology Conference: What’s Happening Now? Nashville, TN. October 25, 2014.
Roberts, K.J., Duback, K., Sava, K. & Obrecht, J.(2014). Podium Presentation
“Integrating Nursing Education and Practice: Utilizing Clinical Partnerships
To Provide Simulation Experiences to Nursing Students.” 2nd Annual Advocate
Healthcare Nursing Research Symposium. Chicago, IL. April 9, 2014.
Roberts, K.J., Reidinger, G., & Koran, Z. (2011) Poster Presentation: Cultural
Competence: Nurses’ Perceptions Regarding the Culturally Diverse Patient
Exemplary Professional Practice in Action: Research and Education: Advocate
Christ Medical Center, Oaklawn, IL, April 12, 2011.