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Karol Richardson, PhD, MPH, APRN

Graduate Entry Program in Nursing Interim Co-Director & Associate Professor

University of Hawaii at Manoa
School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 413
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: 808-956-5226
Fax: 808-956-3257

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The focus of Dr. Richardson’s work has been development and teaching the maternal-newborn nursing course and clinical lab for the undergraduate generic and accelerated BS nursing programs. Health promotion and maintenance for the childbearing family is examined through multiple aspects (physiologic, cultural, environmental, and behavioral). To provide depth to the experience, each student is mentored while developing a community teaching project for an individual client/family whose delivery due date falls during the semester.

She currently provides service to the university as the elected representative from the Department of Nursing to the University of Hawai‘i Manoa Faculty Senate (2007-2009). She serves on the Department of Nursing, undergraduate curriculum committee representing the maternal-newborn course.

In 2007, Dr. Richardson was presented with the Education Award by Sigma Theta Tau Gamma Psi Chapter-At-Large. She received a Travel Award from Research & Training for a Podium Presentation at the Western Institute for Nursing in 2007. In 2004, she was recognized for 20 years of service with the State of Hawai`i. The Western Institute of Nursing recognized Dr. Richardson with Outstanding Service on the Board for her role as a PhD student Representative to the Board of Governors in 2002.


PhD, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
MPH, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
MS, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
BS, San Diego State University

Clinical Practice

Maternal-Newborn & Child and Adolescent Health

Teaching Focus

Maternal Newborn Nursing, Maternal Newborn Nursing Lab, and Disciplinary Knowledge

Research Focus

Adolescent Pregnancy and its Impact on the Family and Intimate Partner Violence

Recent Publications

Magnussen, L., Shoultz, J., Richardson, K., Oneha, M., Campbell, J., Matsunaga, D., Selifis, S., Sapolu, M., Samifua, M., Manzano, H., Spencer, C., & Arias, C. (in press). Responding to the needs of culturally diverse women who experience Intimate Partner Violence. Hawai‘i Medical Journal.

Funded Grants

Coping Mechanisms of Pregnant Adolescents and Their Parents
SONDH and The Queen Emma Nursing Institute (QENI) Cooperative Research Partnership
Funded 2009 to 2011 for $25,000
Co-Principal Investigator

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