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Ainat Koren
Dr. Ainat KorenAssociate Professor
  • College
    Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
  • Department
    Susan and Alan Solomont School of Nursing
  • Phone
    (978) 934-4429
  • Office
    Health and Social Sciences Building - 283
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Research Interests

Maternal and child health, childhood obesity. Reproductive health including family planning, STI prevention , unintended pregnancies and men reproductive health, program evaluation Ecological model as an evaluation tool for health outcome Disparities in health care among health care workers The use of technology in health care

Education

  • Ph D: Nursing: Concentration on Health Promotion Studies., (2004), University of Massachusetts Lowell - Lowell, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Unintended pregnancy among married women: An ecological exploration
  • Other: Nurse specialist in public health, (1999), Wolfson Hospital, Ministry of Health - Israel.
  • MA: Demography, (1996), Department of Human Science, Hebrew University Jerusalem - Israel
  • Other: Nursing, (1989), Hebrew University - Jerusalem, Israel

Biography

Dr. Ainat Koren, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She earned her PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in 2004, where she focused her studies on health promotion. She received her Master of Science degree in Demography from the Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel in 1998. Dr. Koren’s major research focuses on family planning, especially on unintended pregnancy and STD prevention among high-risk populations. She is currently funded by the USDHHS, OPA on a cooperative 5-year study to provide men with reproductive health services in collaboration with Montachusett Opportunity Council in Fitchburg MA and other five sites across the country. Other Research interests are prevention of childhood obesity focusing on the infancy stage, integration technology into nursing education, and occupational health and safety. Dr Koren was a CoInvestigator on a 5-year, $3.5M National Institutes of Health, NIOSH-funded study on “Health Disparities Among Healthcare Workers” where she was active in the qualitative case study research effort. Dr. Koren has a number of peer-reviewed publications and is a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of the Environmental Health, the Journal of the American Journal of Men’s Health Journal of Sexual and Reproductive Health Care. She is a member of nursing and public health organizations at the local and national levels, including the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses (MARN), Eta Omega Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the American Public Health Associations.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Nominated students council faculty teaching award (2010), Teaching
  • Faculty Teaching Award (2008), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell, MA
  • Honorable Mention Poster Award (2008), Scholarship/Research - University of Massachusetts Instructional Technology Conference
  • Honor Society of Nursing (2003), Service, Professional - Sigma Theta Tau International

Selected Publications

  • Koren, A., Giannetti, M., Haynes, R., Favre, M. (2017) "Integrating Male Reproductive Health Services: One University Clinic Story," Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy 43:1 pp. 15-23
  • Koren, A., Jones, S.M., Zlotnick, C., Peters, A.B., Saffer, C.F., Torsvik, M., Wilhelm, D. (2016) "Development of a Tool to Assess Clinical Educator Role Perceptions,"
  • Koren, A., Giannetti, M., Haynes, R., Favre, M. (2015) "Integrating Male Reproductive Health Services: One University Clinic Story.," Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy
  • Brewin, D.A., Koren, A., Fortenbacher, A.L., Laskey, A., Priestly, M. (2012) "A Parent Focus Group to Inform Improving access to Adolescent Reproductive Health Services and the Prevention of Teen Pregnancy: A Community Participation Study,"
  • Koren, A. (2011) "Authors' Reply," Journal of Pediatric Health Care 25:3 pp. 143
  • Koren, A., Reece, S., Kahn-D’Angelo, L., Medeiros, D. (2011) "Response to letter to the editor about parental information and provider practices related to back to sleep.," Journal of Pediatric Health Care 25:11
  • Koren, A., Mawn, B. (2010) "The Context of Unintended Pregnancy among Married Women in the USA.," The journal of family planning and reproductive health care / Faculty of Family Planning & Reproductive Health Care, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists 36:3 pp. 150-8
  • Mawn, B., Koren, A., Siqueira, E., Slatin, C., Devereaux Melillo, K., Pearce, C., Hoff, L.A. (2010) "Health Disparities among Health Care Workers.," Qualitative health research 20:1 pp. 68-80

Selected Presentations

  • Photovoice Empowerment Activity: Engaging High-risk Youth in Civic Engagement and Leadership Program - Sigma Theta Tau International’s 28th International Nursing Research Congress, July 2017 - Dublin, Ireland
  • Difference Maker: Developing Entrepreneurial Thinking Across Campus - Umass Academic Innovation Conference , April 2017 - Boston
  • Development of a Tool to Assess Clinical Educator Role Perceptions - National League of Nursing, Nurse Educator Research Conference, 2015 - Washington, DC
  • Behind Closed Doors: School Nursing and Sexual Education - 139th APHA Annual Meeting, 2011 - Washington, DC
  • From Ideas to Research. - Endicot College Graduate Program, 2011
  • Development Early in Life: Explorations and Recommendations. - SHE faculty research symposium, 2011 - University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • Infant Positioning :Information Practice and Behavior. - University of Massachusetts Lowell, Faculty Research Day, 2011
  • Reproductive Health Research. - University of Massachusetts, School of Health and Environment Research Day, 2011
  • Back to Sleep Campaign: What did we forget? - American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, 2009 - San Diego, CA
  • Integrating PDA's in nursing clinical practice: Changing the Teaching Paradigm. - Educators in the Practice Setting and In School of Nursing 16th Annual Conference, May 2008 - Salem, NH
  • Technology in Nursing Education. - 2nd Annual Educator Symposium, April 2008 - Burlington, MA
  • Palm Perspectives: The Use of Personal Digital Assistants in Nursing Clinical Education. - University of Massachusetts Faculty research day Inauguration Week, April 2008
  • Bridging the Gap between the PDA and Tablet in Healthcare: The Mobile Portable Computer at the Bedside - University of Massachusetts Instructional Technology Conference, April 2008
  • Integrating PDA's in nursing clinical practice: Changing the Teaching Paradigm. - 4th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge & Society, January 2008 - Boston, MA
  • Palm Perspectives: The Use of Personal Digital Assistants in Nursing Clinical Education. - 2007 University of Massachusetts Instructional Technology Conference, 2007
  • Contextual Analysis of Unintended Pregnancy among Married Women: Policy Implications. - American Public Health Association annual meeting, 2007 - Washington, DC
  • Tablets At the Bedside: Accuracy Testing of Secure Wireless-Based Data Entry in a Nursing Education Laboratory. - University of Massachusetts Instructional Technology Conference, 2007
  • Palm Perspectives: The Use of Personal Digital Assistants in Nursing Clinical Education. - First University of Massachusetts, Lowell, School of health and Environment Research and Practice Poster Day, November 2007
  • Palm Perspectives: The Use of Personal Digital Assistants in Nursing Clinical Education. A Qualitative Study. - 5th annual Trends in Clinical Informatics: A Nursing Perspective symposium, June 2007 - Waltham, MA
  • Reporting of occupational injuries in healthcare facilities: Findings from hospital, long term care, and other settings. - Work Place Hazards to Nurses and Other Health Care workers conference (MNA), June 2007 - Burlington, MA
  • Palm Perspectives: The use of personal digital assistants Nursing Clinical Education: Qualitative study. - 15th Annual Conference for Nurse Educators, May 2007 - Wentworth-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
  • Utilizing PDA's in Clinical Practice. - Annual New England Nursing Lab Coordinator Peer Group Meeting, May 2007
  • Culture of Nursing: A Factor in Nurses' Health and Safety. - American Public Health Association annual meeting, 2006 - Boston, MA
  • Impact of Health Care Restructuring in Massachusetts on the Health and Safety of Health Care Workers. - American Public Health Association annual meeting, 2006 - Boston, MA
  • Men Family Planning/Reproductive Health Counseling: Recruitment, Retention and Accomplishments. - American Public Health Association annual meeting, 2006 - Boston, MA
  • Reporting of Occupational Injuries in Healthcare Facilities: Findings from Hospital, Long Term Care, and other Settings. - American Public Health Association annual meeting, 2006 - Boston, MA
  • Violence and Abuse in Health Care Workplace: The Context for Health Disparities. - American Public Health Association annual meeting, 2006 - Boston, MA
  • Palm Perspectives: The Use of Personal Digital Assistants in Nursing Clinical Education: Qualitative Research. - International Computer and Technology Conference, 2006 - Toronto, Canada
  • It's Part of the Job: How Health Care Restructuring and the Culture of Health Care Contribute to the Detriment of the Health and Safety of Workers in Community Hospitals and Nursing Homes. - Organizational Behavior in Health Care 5TH International Conference, 2006 - Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Health and Safety of Health Care Workers: A Hospital Case Study. - American Public Health Association Conference, 2005 - Philadelphia, PA
  • Unintended Pregnancy Among Married Women: An Ecological Exploration. - Public Health Head nurse meeting, 2004 - Central District, Ministry of Health, Israel
  • Improving Knowledge, Attitude, and Behavior of Maternity Nurses in the Preventive Care, Central District in Israel. - Second International Congress on Pediatrics in the Community, 1999 - Jerusalem, Israel

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Integrating the Difference Makers Principles into the Nursing Curriculum UMass Lowell Transformational Education Student Success Mini-Grant (2017), Grant -
    Koren, A., ElGhaziri, M.
  • North Central Massachusetts United Way grant (2010), Contract - North Central Massachusetts.
    Koren, A. (Supporting)
  • The Path to Unintended Pregnancy: A Couple's Perspective" (2010), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Koren, A. (Principal)
  • subcontracted for 3000 (2009), Contract - Lalor Foundation Grant
    Koren, A. (Other)
  • Childhood obesity: can Infant positioning and activity predict rapid weight gain and delayed gross motor development? (2009), Grant - SHE Creativity Grant
    Koren, A. (Principal)
  • Development and Pilot Testing of Supervised Tummy Time Educational Package. (2009), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell Public Service Grant
  • SimBaby: A Nursing Simulation (2009), Grant - Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Higher Education
    Koren, A. (Supporting)
  • Male Family Planning Research Cooperative Grant (2008), Contract - Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Population Affairs and the Office of Family Planning
    Koren, A. (Co-Investigator)
  • "The Path to Unintended Pregnancy: A Couple's Perspective" (2007), Grant - Family Planning Service Delivery Improvement Research
    Koren, A. (Principal)
  • Bridging the Gap between the PDA and Tablet in Health Care. (2007), Grant - 2007 Information Technology Council Strategic Grant
    Koren, A. (Co-Principal)
  • SBIR grant application "The Miniature Activity and Position Monitor," (2007), Grant - SBIR
    Koren, A. (Co-Principal)
  • SBIR grant application "The Miniature Activity and Position Monitor," (2007), Grant - SBIR, Reviewed not funded
    Koren, A. (Co-Principal)
  • An Exploratory Study on Parental Behavior and Health Care Provider Perceptions Related to Infant Positioning, Activity, and Subsequent Growth Patterns (2006), Grant - SHE Seed Grant
    Koren, A. (Principal)
  • Exploring the Relationships among Prenatal Weight Gain, Maternal Weight Retention, and Infant/Childhood Growth in a Diverse Sample Representing the Lowell Community. (2006), Grant - Council on Diversity and Pluralism grant
    Koren, A. (Co-Investigator)
  • Strategic Initiative Grant Tablets at the Bedside: Accuracy Testing of secure Wireless-Based Data Entry in Nursing Education Laboratory. (2006), Grant - Information Technology Council
    Koren, A. (Co-Principal)
  • Palm Perspectives: The Use of Personal Digital Assistants in Nursing Clinical Education. (2005), Grant - Eta Omega research grant
    Koren, A. (Principal)
  • Contracted as consultant and program evaluation: Men's Reproductive Health Research grant (2004), Contract - Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Office of Population Affairs
  • Promoting Healthy And Safe Employment in health care (2004), Grant - NIOS
    Koren, A. (Co-Investigator)
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Evaluation, Southeastern MA (Fall River, Taunton) for DPH (2016), Contract - Citizen for Citizens, DPH
    Koren, A.
  • MOA Fully Executed 3/28/14 (2014), -
    Koren, A. (Principal)
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Evaluation (2013), -
    Koren, A. (Principal)
  • Male Family Planning Research Cooperative (2008), Grant - U.S. DEPT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
    Koren, A. (Principal)
  • Evaluation of Teen Pregnancy Program (2012), Grant - MA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
    Koren, A. (Principal)
  • Yo tengo Una Opportunidad (2009), -
    Koren, A. (Principal)
  • Family Planning/Male Reproductive Health (2007), Grant -
    Koren, A. (Principal)