Karen (Kim) E. Innes
Karen (Kim) E. Innes, PhD, MSPH, is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the University of Virginia School of Nursing and Associate Professor in the Department of Community Medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Innes earned her doctoral degree in Psychology and Behavioral Biology at Cornell University in 1992. Following the completion of a Master's in Public Health at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC) in 1997, she joined the epidemiology faculty of the UCHSC Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, where she maintains an active appointment. She joined the Nursing School clinical faculty at the University of Virginia in 2001, and completed a two-year post-doctoral NIMH fellowship with the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services, and the Rural Mental Health Research Center at the University of Virginia in 2003.
Dr. Innes' current clinical research interests lie in holistic, non-invasive interventions that address the dynamic links between mental and physical health, specifically with regard to chronic and pregnancy-related insulin resistance conditions in women. During her CAM fellowship, she conducted a pilot study of the psychological and physiological effects of yoga in a population of non-pregnant, reproductive-aged women. Her long-term goal is to develop a successful research program on mind-body interactions underlying specific pregnancy complications and related chronic insulin resistance conditions in women, and on the effects of yoga therapies on the physical, biological, and psychological indices of these disorders. Dr. Innes has traveled to Southeast Asia on numerous occasions to present research findings related to yogic interventions in clinical research.