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The UW School of Nursing has a national and international reputation for excellence. An unusually fertile environment for nursing research guides and shapes its baccalaureate and graduate educational programs. It also builds practice that emphasizes leadership skills for the health care needs of a multicultural world.


Box 357260
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-8736

Karen A. Thomas, PhD
The Ellery and Kirby Cramer Endowed Professor in Nursing

Family and Child Nursing
Box 357262
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7262

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Research: Dr. Thomas’ research interests involve effects of NICU environment on infant outcomes, thermoregulation, development of infant sleep-wake pattern and circadian rhythm, and parent-infant sleep interaction. Dr. Thomas is Co-Director of the Biotools Core for the Center for Research in the Management of Sleep Disturbances.
Teaching: Dr. Thomas has taught extensively in the undergraduate nursing program and mentored graduate students with interests in family and child nursing.
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