Karen J. Aroian, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Aroian is the Chatlos Foundation Endowed Chair in Nursing. Her research focuses on immigrant and minority health and includes the following topics: stress, coping, and psychosocial adaptation; health beliefs and health promotion, health care use, and symptom management; and methods for conducting research with culturally and linguistically diverse groups.

Over the course of 30 years, her research has spanned different age groups (i.e., children, adults, and elderly), units of analysis (i.e., individuals, families, communities), cultural groups (i.e., Polish, Russians, Latin Americans, Chinese, Arabs, African Americans, Muslims), and research methods (e.g., various qualitative and quantitative approaches as well as mixed methods). Her methodological expertise includes recruitment and gaining entry with difficult to reach populations as well as developing and adapting reliable and valid measures for use with diverse groups that vary culturally and linguistically.


Funded Research

  • A Crowdsourced Social Media Portal for Parents of Very Young Children with Type 1 Diabetes, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Co-Investigator ($1,589,730).

  • Mother-Child Adjustment in Arab Immigrants and Refugees, R01 NR 008504, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research, Principal Investigator ($2,351,719), 2004-09.

  • Hypertension Prevention Beliefs among African Americans. R15NR, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research, Co-investigator ($150,000), 2003-04.

  • Immigrant Stressors and Psycho-Social Adaptation, R29 NR 02866, National Institute of Health, National Center for Nursing Research, Principal Investigator ($314,986), 1992-97.

Selected Publications

  • Aroian, K.J., Templin, T.N., & Hough, E.E. (2016). Daily hassles, mother-child relationship, and behavior problems in Muslim Arab American adolescents in immigrant families. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Advance online publication.

  • Wu, Y.P., Thompson, D., Aroian, K.J., McQuaid, E.L., & Deatrick, J. (2016). Writing and evaluating qualitative research reports. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 41(5), 493-505.

  • Aroian, K.J., Uddin, N. & Ullah, D. (2015). Social support and depression in Arab Muslim immigrant women in the U.S. In N. Khanlou & B. Pilkington (Eds.) Women’s mental health: Resistance and resilience in community and society (pp. 69-82). New York, NY: Springer.

  • Aroian, K.J. (2016). Research considerations: Minimizing mistrust and maximizing participation. In M.M. Amer & G.H. Awad (Eds.), Handbook of Arab American psychology. New York, NY: Routledge.

  • Ladores, S. & Aroian, K.A. (2015). First-time mothers with a history of infertility: Their internized pressure to breastfeed. Journal of Human Lactation, 31(3), 504-510.

  • Ladores, S. & Aroian, K.A. (2015). The early postpartum experience of previously infertile mothers. Journal of Obstretric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 44, 370-379.

  • Aroian, K.J., Templin, T.N., & Hough, E.E. (2014). Substantive application of cross lagged SEM for testing diathesis stress theory. Nursing Outlook, 63(1), 103.

  • Aroian, K.J., Templin, T.N., & Hough, E.E. (2014). Longitudinal study of daily hassles in adolescents in Arab Muslim immigrant families. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 16(5), 831-838.

  • Aroian, K.J., (2013). Adapting a large battery of research measures for immigrants. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 15(3) 636-645
  • Loerzel, V. & Aroian, K.J. (2013). A bump in the road: Older women’s views on surviving breast cancer. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 31(1), 65-82.

Editorial Board

  • Journal of Transcultural Nursing, Associate Editor

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Nursing

  • American Nurses’ Association

  • Sigma Theta Tau, International

  • Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science

  • Transcultural Nursing Society

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  • Chatlos Foundation Endowed Chair in Nursing
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