Karen G. Schepp, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN

Karen G. Schepp, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Chair, PCH
Psychosocial & Community Health
Box 357263
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7263


My research involves studying the effectiveness of a symptom management program for families who have a mentally ill child or adolescent who has schizophrenia. My focus is on the youth and their family members including siblings and parents and helping them cope with the illness and manage the symptoms. My research is interesting and unique in that I include all family members. It is particularly timely because most families are extremely challenged when they learn they are the primary caregivers for their mentally ill youth. They often have little knowledge of how to provide the care or what to expect. I am a psychiatric nurse and board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (PMHCNS-BC). I am continuing to analyze the data from my research and disseminate the findings.


The course content I have taught include undergraduate content such as basic psychiatric nursing and therapeutic communication. The graduate courses I have taught include family nursing, family research methods, basic research methods, and advanced research methods such as instrument development and causal modeling. I mentor students in their research.

Practice, Service, Community Involvement

I am a member of several professional nursing organizations: American Nurses Association, American Academy for Nursing, International Society for Psychiatric Nursing, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Western Institute for Nursing. I serve as a manuscript reviewer for several professional nursing journals. I serve on advisory boards and volunteer in fund drives for organizations in the community.

Current Publications

  • *Schepp, K.G., Kim, H.J. (2013). Family interpretation and management of mental illness across cultures. Western Institute for Nursing, 2013 Conference, Anaheim, CA. *Buckland, H.T., Schepp, K.G., &Crusoe, K. (2013). Defining happiness for young adults with schizophrenia: A building block for recovery. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 27, 235-240.
  • *Schepp, K.G., & Kim, E. (2012). Chapter 11. Perceptual alterations disorders. In E.L. Yearwood, G.S. Pearson, & J.A. Newland (Eds.) Child & adolescent behavioral health: A resource for advanced practice psychiatric & primary care practitioners in nursing. Ames, Iowa: ISUP, a Division of John Wiley & Sons.
  • *Lee, H.Y., & Schepp, K.G. (2011). Multiple informants in assessing stress & symptoms in adolescents with schizophrenia. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 25(2), 120-128.
  • *Lee, H.Y., & Schepp, K.G. (2010). Ways of coping in adolescents with schizophrenia. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, 18(2), 158-65. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2010.01643.x

Refereed (Databased*)

Current Research Projects

  • 2013-2015 Principal Investigator. Public Sector Project. State of Washington mental health contract, $150,000 per biennium. Funded.
  • 2011-2013 Principal Investigator. Public Sector Project. State of Washington mental health contract, $150,000 per biennium plus $20,000 supplement. Funded.
  • 2011-2014 Co-Investigator. Advanced practice education: Collaborative mental health. PI: Elaine Walsh; Co-Investigators: Karen Schepp & Rica O’Connor. HRSA D09HP22640; $969,447. Funded.
  • 2011-2014 Co-Investigator. Advanced nursing in women’s mental health: Pregnancy & post-partum. PI: Yoriko Kozuki; Co-Investigator: Karen Schepp. HRSA D09HP22624; $988,728. Funded.
  • 1998-2005. Principal Investigator. Self-management therapy for youth with schizophrenia. Randomized Clinical Trial (Co-PIs: Rica O’Connor, Michael Kennedy). National Institute for Mental Health, 1R01MH56580-01A2, $1,649,374.
Research Interests: 
Coping efforts of families with hospitalized children, family, child, and adolescent psychiatric nursing
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