Dr. Karen Moss’ program of research focuses on the neuroscience of pain, advance care planning, healthcare decision-making, and quality-of-life outcomes for patients living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and other serious chronic illness and their families. She examines factors that influence pain and end-of-life decision-making processes for African American older adults living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their family caregivers. Dr. Moss also seeks to better understand family caregiver stress.
- Brewster, G., Bonds, K., McLennon, S., Moss, K. O., Epps, F., & Palan Lopez, R. (in press). Missing the Mark: The Complexity of African American Dementia Family Caregiving. Journal of Family Nursing
- Moss, K. O., Guerin, R., Dwyer, O., Wills, C., & Daly, B. (2020). On Best Interests: A Case for Clinical Ethics Consultation. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. 22(1) e1-e2. DOI: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000625. PubMed PMCID: PMID: 31804280
- Bose-Brill, S., Prater, L., Goldstein, E., Xu, W., Moss, K. O., Retchin, S. M., & White, S. (2020). Primary care physician and beneficiary characteristics associated with billing for advance care planning. The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 00:1-2. DOI: 10.1111/jgs.16389
- Brill, S., Moss, K. O., & Prater, L. Transformation of the Doctor-Patient Relationship: Big Data, Accountable Care, and Predictive Health Analytics. (2019). Healthcare Ethics Committee Forum. Doi: 10.1007/s10730-019-09377-5. Epub June 21, 2019. PubMed PMID: 31209679
- Moss, K. O., Douglas, S. L., Baum, E., & Daly, B. (2019). Family surrogate decision making in chronic critical illness: A qualitative analysis. Critical Care Nurse. 39(3) e18-e26. doi: 10.4037/ccn2019176. PubMed PMID:31154339
- Moss, K. O., Kurzawa, C., Daly, B., & Prince-Paul, M. (2019). Identifying and addressing family caregiver anxiety. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. 21(1),14-20. doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000489. PMID: 30608354
- Moss, K. O., Harmon Still, C., & Jones, L. M., Blackshire, G., & Wright, K. D. (2019). Hypertension self-management perspectives from African American older adults. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 41(5), 667-684. https://doi.org/10.1177/0193945918780331. Epub June 28, 2018. PubMed PMID: 29954259
- Harmon Still, C., Jones, L., Moss, K. O., Variath, M., & Wright, K. (2018). African American older adults’ perceived use of technology for hypertension self-management. Research in Gerontological Nursing. 11(5), 249-256. doi:10.3928/19404921-20180809-02. PMID:30230518
- Moss, K. O., & Douglas, S. L. (2018). Family caregiver satisfaction with end-of-life care following advanced cancer. Oncology Nursing News. http://www.oncnursingnews.com/publications/oncology-nurse/2018/march-2018/family-caregiver-satisfaction-with-endoflife-care-following-advanced-cancer
Reprinted with permission by request from Buffalo Hospice in In Touch: Hospice and Palliative Care News Brief. Quarter 3, August 21-23, 2018. https://www.flipsnack.com/HBMarketing/quarter-3-2018_final.html
- Wright, K., Harmon Still, C., Jones, L. M., & Moss, K. O., (2018). Designing a co-created intervention with African American older adults for hypertension self-management. International Journal of Hypertension. Volume 2018, Article ID 7591289, 7 pages. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/7591289 - Epub June 3, 2018. PubMed PMID: 29971159.
- Moss, K. O., Deutsch, N., Hollen, P., Rovnyak, V., Williams, I., & Rose, K. (2018). End-of-life plans for African American older adults with dementia. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 35(10) 1314-1322. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049909118761094 - Epub March 14th 2018. PubMed PMID: 29540073.
- Jones, L. M., Moss, K. O., Wright, K. D., Rosemberg, M. S., & Killion, C. M. (2018). “Maybe this generation here could help the next generation:” Older African American women's perceptions on information sharing to improve health in younger generations. Research in Gerontological Nursing. 11(1) 39-47. https://doi.org/10.3928/19404921-20171129-01. PubMed PMID: 29370445.
- Moss, K. O., Deutsch, N., Hollen, P., Rovnyak, V., Williams, I., & Rose, K. (2018). Understanding end-of-life terminology among older African Americans. Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 44(2) 33-40. doi:https:10.3928/00989134-20171002-02. - Epub ahead of print October 9th 2017. PubMed PMID: 5884144.
- Peterson, N., Moss, K., Milbrath, G., von Gaudecker, J., Park, E., & Chung, M. (2015). Qualitative analysis of student perceptions of bachelor of science-to-doctor of philosophy in nursing programs. Journal of Nursing Education, 54(10) 542-549. doi:10.3928/01484834-20150916-01. PubMed PMID: 26431513.
- Moss, K. O., & Williams, I. C. (2014). End-of-life preferences in Afro-Caribbean older adults: A systematic literature review. Omega: Journal of Death & Dying, 69(3), 271-282. doi:10.2190/OM.69.3. PubMed PMID: 25273681
- Funded Research Grants
- 2019-2021 Differences in Pain Among Blacks and Whites Living with Alzheimer’s Disease: A Diversity Supplement Research and Training Program. Diversity Supplement to Sex Differences in Pain Reports and Brain Activation in Older Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease. Diversity Supplement, National Institute on Aging (R01AG059861; Monroe, T). $73,694. Role: Applicant
- 2019-2021 Pain in Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Their Caregivers. College of Nursing Seed Grant. The Ohio State University. $9844. Role: PI
- 2020-2021 Family Caregiver Community Research Study. College of Nursing Seed Award. Co-I: Dr. Celia Wills. Role: PI
- 2016-2018 National Institutes of Nursing Research T32 Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Symptom Management and Palliative Care Research in Adults with Advanced Disease (T32 NR014213). Role: Awardee
- 2015-2016 Skinner Scholarship Foundation Award, St. Paul’s Memorial Episcopal Church, Charlottesville, VA. Role: Awardee
- 2015 School of Nursing Alumni Association Award, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. Role: Awardee
- 2014-2016 Jonas Nurse Leader Scholarship Fellowship Program, Jonas Philanthropies, New York, NY. Role: Awardee
- 2011-2014 Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Fellowship, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. Role: Awardee
- Invited Affiliate, 2019 BRAINS (Broadening the Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroScience). NIH R25-funded National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). University of Washington
- Invited Participant, 2018 Huffman Splane Emerging Nurse Scholarship Forum, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada (selected via application process)
- 2018 Emerging Scholar Award, Decision-Making Research Interest Group, Midwest Nursing Research Society
- 2017 PhD Dissertation Award, Gerontological Nursing Science Research Interest Group, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Minneapolis, MN
- 2015 The Raven Society, Honor Society of University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
- 2014 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, School of Nursing, University of Virginia
- 2013-2015 Scholars to Advance Research Seminar Series: Doctoral Student Mentor – BSN Group Mentee Program, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
- 2013 Winner, Student Paper Award, Southern Gerontological Society, Charlotte, NC
- Professional Society Memberships
- American Society for Pain Management Nursing
- Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education
- International Association for the Study of Pain
- National Black Nurses Association
- Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
- Midwest Nursing Research Society
- International Dementia Scholars Collaborative
- Gerontological Society of America
- Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society for Nursing, member since 2012
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