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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

ORS Leadership and Mission

Nursing research powers nursing practice

Karen H. Sousa, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship

Dr. Sousa (a) develops/applies advanced statistical methods (e.g., structural equation modeling [SEM]), (b) develops/tests conceptual models of complex health-care systems, and (c) advocates use of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) as a productive evaluative measure of nursing-care outcomes. Her teaching interests include nursing theory/conceptualization and psychometrics.

Dr. Sousa has been a member of the Academy of Nursing since 2009. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the International Society for Quality of Life Research. Dr. Sousa was recognized in 2009 as a University of Colorado Emerging Leader.

Read more about the ORS and its leadership team in the 2013-2014 Annual Report.

ORS Mission

The mission of the Office of Research and Scholarship is to champion College of Nursing faculty and students in converting empirical research to nursing knowledge.

This mission is carried out through (a) consultation on/about faculty research, (b) facilitation of intramural grants for pilot studies, (c) identification of resources to support projects, (d) development of grant applications, (e) management of sponsored projects, (f) analysis of data, (g) assistance with dissemination of results, and (h) publication of research activities.