Karen Crowley head shot

Associate Professor and Associate Dean

College Hall 121
Department Nursing Grad Instruction

Mailing Address

Regis College box 10

235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493


Prior to becoming a women’s health nurse practitioner, Dr. Karen Crowley worked in labor and delivery/postpartum for eight years as a registered nurse. She received her master’s degree in nursing from Simmons College and was certified as an Adult and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner in 1995. She has maintained current practice in this advance practice role for over 20 years, during which time she actively precepts nurse practitioner students. Since 1998, Dr. Crowley has been employed at Regis College, beginning in the adjunct faculty role to now serving as an Associate Professor. After receiving a Doctor in Nursing Practice Degree in 2010, Dr. Crowley began in a leadership role as co-coordinator of the nurse practitioner (NP) program. In 2012 she assumed the directorship of the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program, in 2016 she stepped into the Associate Dean of Graduate Nursing position and for the past year has been functioning as the Associate Dean of online Graduate Nursing.

During Dr. Crowley’s time at Regis, she has been instrumental in developing programs and increasing the rigor of current programs consistent with Regis’ strategic plan and the School of Nursing’s priorities. Dr. Crowley has developed and implemented the women’s health nurse practitioner track at Regis and is one of the lead faculty within the Nurse Practitioner Program. Dr. Crowley led the development of the Nurse Practitioner Bachelor of Science in nursing to doctorate of nursing practice (BSN-DNP) program, and is currently leading the newly launched online graduate nursing programs. In addition, Dr. Crowley has been actively involved in incorporating technology in the classroom as evidenced by championing utilization of web-based preceptor/mentor tracking systems in the NP and DNP programs, web-based patient simulation in the NP program, and conversion of face-to-face classes to virtual, hybrid classes and online. In the past year, Dr. Crowley was awarded full tenure status, earned national certification as a nurse educator and completed Quality Matters online teaching certificate.

Dr. Crowley was one of the primary investigators for the national annual evaluation of DNP programs and outcomes, for which data were presented at the national conference in 2010-13. Her research thesis was a quantitative correlational study investigating health care providers’ knowledge of HPV and the HPV vaccine, and whether or not this knowledge correlated with vaccine recommendation and administration practices. Dr. Crowley has also presented nationally both podium and poster presentations on her clinical expertise and academic innovations. She is a member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Crowley also serves on the Special Commission for an Act Relative to Post-Partum Depression, appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Dr. Crowley completed a Fellowship in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Leadership of Academic Nursing Program. She is the Project Director of the Jonas Center Scholars program (Cohorts IV and V) at Regis. The Jonas Nurse Leaders and Veterans Healthcare Scholars Program’s goal is to increase the number of doctoral-prepared faculty and advanced practice nurses focusing their practice and research on veterans’ healthcare. Dr. Crowley’s responsibilities include recruiting and selecting scholars, matching faculty advisor and mentors, advising, reporting, and coordinating leadership opportunities and presentations for scholars.


DNP in Nursing Education, Regis College

MSN in Health and Adult Nurse Practitioner Program, Simmons College

BSN in Nursing, Salem State

Diploma in Nursing, Lawrence Memorial School of Nursing/Regis College

Awards Honors

 Positions and Honors 

  • Registered Nurse, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Medford, MA, 1986-1987
  • Registered Nurse, Malden Hospital, Malden, MA, 1987-1995
  • Nurse Practitioner, OB/GYN Associates of Malden, Malden, MA, 1995-1999
  • Adjunct Faculty, Regis College, Weston, MA, 1998-2006
  • Nurse Practitioner, Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Malden, MA, 1999-present
  • Assistant Professor, Regis College, Weston, MA, 2006-2010
  • Co-Coordinator, Nurse Practitioner Program, Regis College, Weston, MA, 2010-2012 
  • Associate Professor, Regis College, Weston, MA, 2010-present (tenured 2018)
  • Executive Appointment to the Special Commission Relative to Postpartum Depression for the State of Massachusetts, 2011-present
  • Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, Regis College, Weston, MA, 2012-2016
  • Program Evaluator, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Atlanta, GA, 2012-present
  • Project Director: Nursing Faculty Loan Program 2012-present
  • Fellow, Leadership for Academic Nursing Programs, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC, 2013-2014
  • Director, Nurse Practitioner program, Regis College, Weston, MA 2014-2016
  • Project Director: Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar and Veterans Healthcare Scholar Cohort IV, 20142016; Cohort V 2016-2018
  • Associate Dean, Graduate Nursing, Regis College, Weston, MA, 2016-2017
  • Associate Dean, Online Graduate Nursing, Regis College, Weston, MA 2017-present

Buttaro, T. et al. (1999). Primary Care: A Collaborative Practice. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby. Gynecology Chapter Reviewer.

February, 2012 National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty: reviewer for Population Focus Competencies for Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.

Younkin, E.Q., and Davis, M.C., Shadewald, D., and Juve, C. (2012). Women's Health: A Primary Care Clinical Guide (4th Ed.). New Jersey: Prentice Hall. Text reviewer.

Crowley, K. (2012). Treatment of Eating Disorders. In Rhoads, J, and; Murphy, P.J. Nurse Clinical Consult to Psychopharmacology. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Crowley, K., Nadarajah. S., Pratt, A. (2014). Endocrine System Drugs. In Smith, B. (Ed.) Pharmacology for Nurses. Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.