The National Palliative Care Research Center

Curing suffering through palliative care research.


Karen Steinhauser PhD

Duke University

Karen Steinhauser, PhD, is Health Scientist with the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, VA Medical Center, Durham and Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center and Senior Fellow with the Duke University Center for Aging,. Her research focuses on improving patient and family quality of life in serious illness. She has developed tools to assess both patient and family quality of life and psychosocial interventions to improve the experience of serious illness. She also is interested in improving quality of provider experience in serious illness by studying new approaches to resiliency.