Dr Karen Sheffield-Abdullah
Dr. Sheffield-Abdullah’s research focuses on the utilization of holistic, integrative, multi-sector strategies to promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being for individuals and communities. She is particularly interested in developing strategies to reduce the long-term health effects of psychological trauma, anxiety, and depression on women’s health and birth outcomes. Her interests include the bio-psycho-social benefits of self-compassion, mindfulness, and other mind-body therapies as adjuncts to conventional treatment modalities. Her program of research will help to facilitate the development of culturally-relevant interventions to reduce disparities in stress-related adverse outcomes during the perinatal period and provide a platform to guide successful models for women’s health care provision that incorporate stress management and improve wellness across the lifespan.
Dr. Sheffield-Abdullah has a doctoral degree in nursing from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing and a master of science in nursing degree from Yale University. Her postdoctoral fellowship is supported by The University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Program on Integrative Medicine, through an NIH T-32 Fellowship Training Grant for Research in Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Sheffield-Abdullah is also a postdoctoral fellow with the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity. Dr. Sheffield-Abdullah is also currently pursuing MBSR teacher training through the Brown University Mindfulness Center.