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Karen Thomas PhD, RN

The Ellery and Kirby Cramer Endowed Professor of Nursing
Research Nurse, Seattle Children's Hospital

My career has centered in interest in developmental physiology, particularly related to infants and young children, and emphasis on “children are different”. This focus is the basis for individualizing nursing care based on chronological and developmental age. My dissertation and early research on thermoregulation led to appreciation of biorhythm and investigations of the development of activity circadian rhythm and examination of the establishment of synchrony between mother and infant rhythm and sleep-wake pattern.

What classes do you teach?

NURS590 Human Health Ecology

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

My greatest delight is working in an intellectually stimulating environment with scholarly colleagues who share a love of nursing science.


Family and Child Nursing

Research Areas

  • Symptom Science
  • Lifespan Health

Research Centers

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University of Washington School of Nursing
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Seattle, WA 98195

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