Karen Stein, PhD, RN



Dr. Stein is the Brody Endowed Professor of Nursing at the University of Rochester. Dr. Stein’s clinical expertise is in the area of psychiatric and mental health nursing.

She was a Professor of Nursing at the University of Michigan School of Nursing from 1991-2011. Since assuming a faculty position at the University of Rochester in 2011, Dr. Stein has established a strong working relationship with the Mexican farmworker community in Western New York.

She completed a National Institute of Health funded project to extend measurement of health risk behaviors to populations with low literacy/health literacy. More specifically, she and her team developed an image and audio-based cell phone application to measure disordered eating and weight control behaviors, alcohol and tobacco use in low-acculturated women of Mexican origin living in rural farming communities. Within the context of that project, Dr. Stein developed expertise in the area of health literacy and is currently serving as a member of the University of Rochester Health Center Health Literacy Task Force – a group charged with implementing health literacy universal precautions throughout the Medical Center.

In addition to her research, Dr. Stein has been an active participant in the farmworker community, including serving on the PathStone Corporation Regional Program Action Advisory Committee, Migrant Ministry Annual Symposium Planning Committee, an invited speaker at the Annual Migrant and Women’s Conference and organizer of healthy eating workshops for women in the community.