Karen R. Crowley, DNP, APRN-BC, WHNP, ANP, CNE

Karen R. Crowley, DNP, APRN-BC, WHNP, ANP, CNE

Associate Professor, Graduate Online Nursing

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Dr. Crowley’s career began in the labor and delivery/postpartum division where she worked as a registered nurse for eight years. She then earned her master’s degree in nursing along with her Adult and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner certification. For more than 20 years Dr. Crowley has continued to practice in this role while actively precepting nurse practitioner students. She is responsible for recruiting and selecting scholars, matching faculty advisors and mentors, advising, reporting, and coordinating leadership opportunities and presentations for scholars.

She joined Regis College in 1998 in the adjunct faculty role and now serves as associate professor. Dr. Crowley’s passion for the nursing field led her to receive a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and take on a leadership role as co-coordinator of the nurse practitioner (NP) program. Soon after that she assumed the directorship of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, and then she stepped into the associate dean of graduate nursing position. For the past year she was functioning as the associate dean of online graduate nursing.

Dr. Crowley has been instrumental in developing programs and increasing the rigor of current programs to support Regis’ strategic plan and the School of Nursing’s priorities. She designed and implemented the women’s health nurse practitioner track at Regis while also developing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctorate of Nursing Practice (BSN-DNP) program, and is currently leading the newly launched online graduate nursing programs. Dr. Crowley was recently awarded full tenure status, earned national certification as a nurse educator, and completed a Quality Matters online teaching certificate.

She’s applying what she learned by earning this certificate by prioritizing technology use in her classroom and championing web-based preceptor/mentor tracking systems in the NP and DNP programs, web-based patient simulation in the NP program, and conversion of face-to-face classes to virtual, hybrid classes.


  • Diploma – Lawrence Memorial School of Nursing/Regis College
  • BSN – Salem State, Salem, MA
  • MSN – Simmons College, Boston, MA
  • DNP – Regis College, Weston, MA


  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners

Work Experience:  

  • Associate Dean for Online Graduate Nursing at Regis College (2017-present)
  • Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing program at Regis College (2016-2017)
  • Project Director for Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar and Veterans Healthcare Scholar Cohort IV (2014-2016) and Cohort V (2016-2018)
  • Director of the Nurse Practitioner program at Regis College (2014-2016)
  • Fellow for the Leadership for Academic Nursing Programs with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in Washington, D.C. (2013-2014)
  • Project Director of Nursing Faculty Loan Program (2012-present)
  • Program Evaluator for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing in Atlanta, GA (2012-present)
  • Director of Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at Regis College (2012-2016)
  • Executive Appointment to the Special Commission Relative to Postpartum Depression for the State of Massachusetts, 2011-present
  • Associate Professor at Regis College (2010-present; tenured 2018)
  • Co-Coordinator of Nurse Practitioner Program at Regis College (2010-2012)
  • Assistant Professor at Regis College (2006-2010)
  • Nurse Practitioner at Hallmark Health Medical Associates in Malden, MA (1999-present)
  • Adjunct Faculty at Regis College (1998-2006)
  • Nurse Practitioner at OB/GYN Associates of Malden in Malden, MA (1995-1999)
  • Registered Nurse at Malden Hospital in Malden, MA (1987-1995)
  • Registered Nurse at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford, MA (1986-1987)

Peer reviewed publications or manuscripts in process:

  • Buttaro, T. et al. (1999). Primary Care: A Collaborative Practice. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby. Gynecology Chapter Reviewer.
  • February, 2012 National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty: reviewer for Population Focus Competencies for Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.
  • Younkin, E.Q., & Davis, M.C., Shadewald, D., & Juve, C. (2012). Women’s Health: A   Primary Care Clinical Guide (4th Ed.). New Jersey: Prentice Hall. Text reviewer.
  • Crowley, K. (2012). Treatment of Eating Disorders. In Rhoads, J, & Murphy, P.J. Nurse Clinical Consult to Psychopharmacology. New York: Springer Publishing Company.
  • Crowley, K., Nadarajah. S., Pratt, A. (2014). Endocrine System Drugs. In Smith, B. (Ed.) Pharmacology for Nurses. Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.