Graphic Medicine; Graphic Design & Illustration for non-profits related to the environment, social justice and medical areas; Word& Image Sequential Narrative for Children and Young Adults.
Professor Roehr's design work has been featured in Rockport Books and Print Magazine. Her artwork and miniature books have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Gymratz©, an original comic strip she created, was published for sixteen years by International Gymnast Magazine.
Karen does pro-bono creative work for various non-profit groups and volunteered for over 17 years at Boston Children’s Hospital. She’s also creative director for Café Solar, a fair-trade coffee company that uses sustainable practices to grow and process coffee. Design clients have included: The Rockwell group, Harvard University, Rawlings, Simon & Schuster, Polaroid, Boston Children's Hospital.
Teaching initiatives include: integrating professional practice and engagement with social/environmental concerns and interdisciplinary projects with UML faculty. She teaches courses in graphic design, advertising, illustration, typography; and in the honors college Graphic Novels for Science and Medicine and Word&Image: Graphic Novels and Comics. In past years, she co-taught Tangible Interactive Design and Mobile App, with CS faculty and supervised numerous student senior projects. Karen created the AD lab, renamed UMLtimate Studio, that gives real world experience with clients to students.
Grants and Awards include: Creativity Show (NY), Art Director’s (MA), a Mulshoe Award (MO), the Kimberly Colen Grant (SCBWI), a Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Foundation grant and Co-PI for two NSF grants that integrated art and design with computer science. She previously produced the children's cable show Creative License for Arlington Cable Access Television that won a 3rd place Northeast Regional Alliance Award. She received a Pillars of Excellence award as part of team in transformational education and six individual teaching awards including Excellence in Art & Design Department.