Karen P. Black, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Karen P. Black, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Karen P. Black, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Karen P. Black, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Assistant Professor

earned her an associate of science nursing degree and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Kentucky University.  Having worked in critical care areas (ICU, CCU, Open Heart PACU, ED) for many years, Ms. Black joined the faculty at the University of Louisville after receiving her MSN in nursing education from Bellarmine University. She taught the Complex Adult Health (critical care) course for many years as well as coordinating and teaching the Senior Capstone Clinical course.  She now teaches pharmacology to undergraduate students and teaches Leadership and Management and Patho-Pharm in the RN-BSN online program.  As the School of Nursing is expanding their development of and participation in other interprofessional activities, she is now serving as the Coordinator for Interprofessional Education for Nursing.  Besides her full time work with the UofL School of Nursing, Ms. Black also practices part-time as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  She is also pursuing her DNP at the University of Louisville.  Her DNP project will address screening and referral of patients presenting to Emergency Departments who may be high risk for suicide.


  • DNP Student, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Post-Masters Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
  • MSN, Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky
  • BA in Psychology, Western Kentucky University
  • ADN, Western Kentucky University
  • BA: Biology, St. Louis University, 1989

Educational Interests:

Critical Care


  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Nursing Honor Society
  • 1990-2005: Lambda Psi Chapter (charter member)
  • 2005-present: Iota Zeta Chapter, University of Louisville
  • 2007-present: Kappa Delta Pi, Education Honor Society, University of Louisville Chapter
  • 2007-present: Golden Key International Honour Society
  • 1974-present: Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society
  • 2006-2007: Human Patient Simulator Fellow, University of Louisville, School of Nursing
  • 2006-2007: Assessor, University General Education Program, University of Louisville
  • 1983-1993, 2001-present: American Nurses Association
  • 1983-1993, 2001-present: Kentucky Nurses Association
  • 1986-1992, 2007-present: American Association of Critical Care Nurses/Greater Louisville Chapter

Recent Publications:

*Hines-Martin, V. P., Black, K. P., & Singleton, K. A., (2016).  Cultural, ethical and spiritual concepts, in J. S. Jones, J. J. Fitzpatrick, & V. L. Rogers (Eds.), Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: An Interpersonal Approach, 2nd Ed.  NY: Springer.

 *Hermann, C. P., Head, B. A., Black, K. P. & Singleton, K. A., (2015).  Preparing Nursing Students for Interprofessional Practice: The Interdisciplinary Curriculum for Oncology Palliative Care Education.   Journal of Professional Nursing.

Recent Presentations:

Black, K. "Essentials of Clinical Instruction: Counseling the Student with Professional Behavior Issues", University of Louisville School of Nursing, January 6, 2011

Black, K., Owens, H., Wilding, M.  "Leveling Simulation for Students in a Baccalaureate Curriculum", Poster Presentation at the 8th Annual International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Centers Conference, St. Louis, MO, June 9, 2009

Black, K. "Providing Meaningful Feedback on Student Writing", Delphi Center Celebration for Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Louisville, October 14, 2004

Grigutis, E., Black, K., Kern, N. "Using a Standardized Patient Program to Promote Leadership Skills in Baccalaureate Nursing Students." 1. Podium presentation, American Association of Colleges of Nursing National Education Conference, San Antonio, Texas, November 2003. 2. Poster Presentation, National Nursing Education Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, November 2003.

Research Interests:

Behavioral health: domestic violence, suicide prevention.  Interprofessional education in secondary and post-secondary academia

Research Activity:

Co-Investigator, “Interprofessional Curriculum for the Care Of Older Adults”.  NIH Grant through the Institute for Sustainable Health and Optimal Aging.  2015-present

Co-Facilitator, “National Dissemination of an Interdisciplinary Oncology Palliative Care Program”: submitted to the National Cancer Institute, R25 mechanism, for $1,500,000.  Dr. Mark Pfeifer PI. Submitted May 2015.  

2012- 2015:  Pat Martin, MSN, RN, Karen Singleton, MSN, RN, Karen Black, MSN, PhDc, RN, Alona Pack, MA, MSN, RN, Karen Turner, DNP, ARPN.  “Creating a Collaborative Learning Community to Enhance the Health Needs of Vulnerable Populations”.  Internal SUN Grant, University of Louisville, $7500.  

2011- 2015: University of Louisville program for palliative care and chronic illness. “Developing an Interdisciplinary Curriculum for Oncology Palliative Care Education (iCOPE)”. Inter-professional Project Team: University of Louisville Schools of Nursing, Medicine, Social Work, and Clinical Pastoral Education Program.  Mark Pfeifer, MD, Primary Investigator.  $1.5 million NIH/NCI Grant #1R25CA148005.   iCOPE Council member facilitating nursing participation in the grant project.



Masters Program Outstanding Graduate for Contributions to Healthcare, University of Louisville

2005, 2009, 2015

Faculty Favorite, Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Louisville


Senior Students' Outstanding Faculty Award, University of Louisville


Ruth Voignier Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Louisville, School of Nursing