Karen Weis

PhD, RNC-OB, FAAN

Professor/Brigadier General Lillian Dunlap Professional Chair in Nursing

Office: Nursing Building #117
E-mail: weis@uiwtx.edu
Phone: (210) 829-3987

  • Educational Degrees

    • PhD in Nursing Science - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Masters in Nursing Science (Acute Care Nurse Practitioner) - University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
    • Bachelors in Nursing Science - Wichita State University
  • Brief Academic and Teaching History

    • 2015 - Present: University of the Incarnate Word
    • 2013-2015: Dean, Medical Education and Training Campus, Joint Base-Ft Sam, Texas
    • 2011-2013: Director of Nursing Research, 59th Medical Wing, Joint Base-Lackland, Texas
    • 2008-2011: Dean, United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks City-Base, Texas
  • Courses Taught

    • Nursing Research
    • Health Policy
    • Principles of Evidence-Based Practice
    • Concepts of Evaluation and Dissemination
  • Research Interests

    • Prenatal Maternal Anxiety and Birth Outcomes
    • Maternal Prenatal and Postnatal Depression
    • Military Pregnancy and the Family
  • Recent Intellectual Contributions

    Publications

    1. Weis, K. L., Lederman, R. P., Walker, K. C., and Chan, W. (2017). Mentors offering maternal support reduces prenatal, pregnancy-specific anxiety in a sample of military women. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, 46(5), 669-685.
    2. Thiam, M. A., and Weis, K. L. (2017). Overview of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. In M. Thiam (Ed.), Perinatal mental health and the military family: Identifying and treating mood and anxiety disorders (pp. 14-31). New York: Routledge.
    3. Thiam, M. A., and Weis, K. L. (2017). Introduction to military service and the military family. In M. Thiam (Ed.), Perinatal mental health and the military family: Identifying and treating mood and anxiety disorders (pp. 69-81). New York: Routledge.
    4. Thiam, M. A., Hodson, D., and Weis, K. L. (2017). Future directions. In M.
    5. Thiam (Ed.), Perinatal mental health and the military family: Identifying and treating mood and anxiety disorders (pp. 218-221). New York: Routledge.
    6. Weis, K. L. and Elmore, K. O. (2017). Current military perinatal mental health treatment models. In M. Thiam (Ed.), Perinatal mental health and the military family: Identifying and treating mood and anxiety disorders (pp. 151-165). New York: Routledge.
    7. Weis, K. L., and Ryan, T. W. (2012). Mentors offering maternal support: A support intervention for military mothers. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, 41, 303-313.
    8. Weis, K., and Ledermen, R. (2010). Prenatal spousal military deployment and maternal prenatal adaptation as predictors of postpartum maternal-infant attachment. SOJNR: Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research, 10(3), http://snrs.org/publications/SOJNR_articles2/Vol10Num03Main.htm
    9. Lederman, R. P., Weis, K. L. (2009). Psychosocial adaptation to pregnancy: Assessment of seven dimensions of maternal role development (3rd ed.). New York: Springer.

    Presentations

    1. Weis, K. L., Lederman, R. P., Walker, K. C., and Chan, W. (2017, July). Longitudinal evaluation of a
    2. prenatal mentoring program for decreasing maternal anxiety in a military sample. Paper presentation at the Sigma Theta Tau 28th International Nursing Research Congress, Dublin, Ireland.
    3. Weis, K., Lederman, R., Walker, K., Paden, R., and Chan, W. (2017, March). Predictors of increased prenatal maternal anxiety, self-esteem, and resilience in a sample of military women. In K. Weis (Chair), Prevalence and predictors of depression and stress in diverse samples of pregnant women. Symposium conducted at the Society of Behavioral
    4. Weis, K., Lederman, R., Morgan, B., and Chan, W. (2016, March). Mentors offering maternal support (M-O-M-STM): Findings from a randomized control trial. A poster presentation, Society of Behavioral Medicine 37th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, Washington, D.C.
    5. Lederman, R. P., Weis, K., and Roberts-Gray, C. (2015, February). Preterm birth and anxiety in low and high-risk women: Selecting anxiety measures and interventions. In C. R. France (Ed.), Society of Behavioral Medicine, 36th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, 49(S1), S54
    6. Weis, K. (2015, March 27). Building a theory-based intervention. Plenary Address at the Sigma Theta Tau Epsilon Nu Chapter Dr. Linda Corson Jones Scholarship Day, New Orleans, LA.
    7. Weis, K., Greene, E., and Thiam, M. A. (May, 2014). Perinatal mental health and the military family. Panel presentation at the American Psychiatric Association's 167th Annual Meeting, New York.
  • Awards and Accomplishments

    • September 15, 2017 - December 15, 2020: Principle Investigator. "Mentors Offering Maternal Support (M-O-M-S): A Prenatal Program Building Maternal Self-Esteem, Coping, and Resilience and Decreasing Depression." Joint Program Committee-5, Congressionally funded program, FA8650-17-6817
    • August 1, 2011 - July 31, 2016: Principle Investigator. "Linking Pregnancy Stress to Specific Biomarkers: Testing a Military Intervention." TriService Nursing Research Program Grant, HU0001-11-1-TS13 (N11-C11)
    • August 1, 2011 - July 31, 2014: Principle Investigator. "Mentors Offering Maternal Support (MOMS): Building Resilient Families." TriService Nursing Research Program Grant, HU0001-11-1-TS13 (N11-C11)
    • October 1, 2007- September 31, 2008: Principal Investigator. "Mentor's Offering Maternal Support (M.O.M.S.)." Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, Modernization Directorate Award
    • July 2002 - June 2005: Principal Investigator. "Military Families: Psychosocial Adaptation to Pregnancy." TriService Nursing Research Program Award
    • 2012 - Clinical Researcher of the Year - Air Education and Training Command
    • 2012 - The Rebecca Sealy Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
    • 2010 - Inducted into the American Academy of Nursing
    • 2009 - Inducted in the University of Texas School of Nursing Hall of Fame