Karen A. Thornton, PhD, RN
Dr. Karen A. Thornton is a native Floridian. She obtained the Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida A&M University, Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from the University of Michigan, and was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Thornton completed a post-doctorate in nursing systems at the University of Washington, and was awarded an American Nurses Foundation research grant for the study of African American parents’ use of mental health services. She is a former director of nursing quality and research, and magnet project director at Mercy Hospital. Under her leadership, Mercy Hospital was awarded Magnet designation in 2006. Her current research interest is family mental health. Currently, Dr. Thornton is an associate professor in the Division of Nursing at Barry University and also represents the College of Health Sciences as a member of the Barry University Institutional Review Board.