Karen Jennings Mathis, PhD, APRN-CNP, PMHNP-BC

  • Assistant Professor
  • College of Nursing
  • Phone: 401.874.5313
  • Email: k_jennings@uri.edu
  • Office Location: Nursing Education Center, 350 Eddy St., Providence, RI 02903


Dr. Karen Jennings Mathis (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island College of Nursing. She completed a NIMH T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Chicago under the mentorship of Dr. Jennifer Wildes and was adjunct Clinical Faculty at Rush University College of Nursing. Dr. Jennings Mathis received her B.A. in Psychology from Amherst College, and her MS and PhD in Nursing from Boston College. She is certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the specialty of Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. 

Based on clinical and research experiences, her program of research examines the prevalence and presentation of eating disorders within Black populations to enhance evidence-based assessments and interventions to integrate cultural factors. As an early career researcher, she is active in leadership positions on various committees for the Academy for Eating Disorders and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and has received several awards and recognition for her leadership and research including being a Rockefeller University Heilbrunn Scholar and a Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar.


Eating disorders, mental health, underrepresented populations, research practice integration


PhD, Nursing, Boston College

MS, Nursing, Boston College

BA, Psychology, Amherst College

Selected Publications

Haynos, A.F., Wang, S.B., LeMay-Russell, S., Lavender, J.M., Pearson, C.M., Mathis, K.J., . . . Crow, S.J. (2021). An empirical taxonomy of reward response patterns in a transdiagnostic eating disorder sample. Eating Behaviors, 42, 101531. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2021.101531

Marquez, F.D., Risica, P.M., Jennings Mathis, K., Sullivan, A., Gobin, A.P., & Tyrka, A.R. (2021). Early life adversity and dietary quality: Do measures of healthy eating differ in survivors of early adversity? Appetite 162, 105180. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2021.105180

Jennings Mathis, K., & Ali Charania, N. (2020). Black Lives Matter: Strategies through R.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv, 58(11), 2-3. doi:10.3928/02793695-20201013-01

Jennings Mathis, K., Anaya, C., Rambur, B., Bodell, L. P., Graham, A. K., Forney, K. J., Anam, S., & Wildes, J. E. (2020). Workforce Diversity in Eating Disorders: A Multi-Methods Study. Western journal of nursing research42(12), 1068–1077. https://doi.org/10.1177/0193945920912396 

Costa, C., Xandre, P., & Jennings Mathis, K. (2020). Treating individuals with eating disorders: Part 2. J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv, 58(4), 9-15. https://doi.org:10.3928/02793695-20200310-01

Jennings Mathis, K., Costa, C., & Xandre, P. E. (2020). Treating individuals with eating disorders as nurse practitioners: Part 1. J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv, 58, 7-13http://doi.org:10.3928/02793695-20200217-02

Jennings, K. M., Bodell, L. P., Crosby, R. D., Haynos, A. F., & Wildes, J. E. (2019). Mixture modeling to characterize anorexia nervosa: Integrating personality and eating disorder psychopathology. J Am Psychiatr Nurses Assoc. Advance online publication. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1078390319862029

Jennings, K. M., Loth, K. A., Tate, A. D., Miner, M. H., & Berge, J. M (2019). Application of latent profile analysis to define subgroups of parenting styles and food parenting practices. Appetite, 6(138), 8-18. https://doi.org:10.1016/j.appet.2019.04.001

Boyd, H. K., Bodell, L. P., Jennings, K. M., Kass, A. E., Crosby, R. D., & Wildes, J. E. (2018). Relationship between desired weight constructs and eating disorder severity following treatment for anorexia nervosa. Int J Eat Disord51, 870-878. https://doi.org:10.1002/eat.22879

Jennings, K. M., Gregas, M., & Wolfe, B. E. (2018). Trajectories of change in body weight during inpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa. J Am Psychiatr Nurses Assoc24, 306-313. https://doi.org:10.1177/1078390317726142

Kelly-Weeder, S., Kells, M., Jennings, K., Dunne, J., & Wolfe, B. (2018). Procedures and protocols for weight assessment during acute illness in individuals with anorexia nervosa: A national survey. J Am Psychiatr Nurses Assoc24, 241-246. https://doi.org:10.1177/1078390317717790

Jennings, K. M., (2017). The Roy Adaptation Model: A theoretical framework for nurses providing care to individuals with anorexia nervosa. Advances in Nursing Science, 40, 370–383.

Jennings, K. M., Coccaro, E., & Wildes, J. E. (2017). Intermittent explosive disorder and eating disorders: Analysis of national comorbidity and research samples. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 75, 62–67.

Jennings, K. M., Kelly-Weeder, S., & Wolfe, B. E. (2015). Binge eating among racial minority groups in the US: An integrative review. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 21, 117–125.

Kelly-Weeder, S., Jennings, K. M., & Wolfe, B. E. (2012). Gender differences in binge eating and behavioral correlates among college students. Eating and Weight Disorders, 17, e200–e202.