Faculty and Staff
Karen L. Saban, PhD, RN, APRN, CNRN
Title/s: Associate Professor
Office #: Building 125 Room 2524, HSD
PhD, Loyola University Chicago, School of Nursing 2006
Edward Hines Jr. VA Postdoctoral Fellowship 2007-2010
NIH/NINR Summer Genetics Institute 2013
Dr. Saban’s research seeks to integrate social context and inflammation with epigenetic signature to explain disparities in cardiovascular disease/stroke in disadvantaged women and to examine interventions that may ameliorate stress-related inflammation in vulnerable populations.
- Social Context and Inflammatory Risk of Stroke in African American Women, PI, 2012-2015 (NIH/NINR K01 Project # NR013478)
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in Women at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease, PI, 2013-2017 (VA HSR&D NRI-12-413)
Recently Completed Funded Research:
- Stress and Inflammation in Women Caring for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury, PI, 2010-2011 (VA HSR&D Project # NRI 10-123-1)
- Stress and Inflammation in Informal Caregivers of Stroke Survivors, PI , 2010-2011, (Loyola Multidisciplinary Award, Palmer Award, Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Beta Chapter)
Professional & Community Affiliations
International Society of Nurses in Genetics, member 2013 to present
AHA State of the Science Stroke Nursing Symposium Committee, Vice Chair 2013-present
American Heart Association, Multicultural Leadership Committee, Member 2012- present
Counselor, Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Beta Chapter 2012-present
Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society, member 2010-present
American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, member 1996-present
- MNRS Physiology, Behavior, Genomics, & Society Research Section Early Investigator Award, 2013
- Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University Chicago, Dissertation Distinction Award, 2006.
Saban, K.L., Hoppenstead, D., Bryant, F.B & DeVon, H.A. (2013, June). Social Predictors of Inflammatory Biomarkers Among African American and Non-Hispanic White Women with Cardiovascular Disease: A Pilot Study. Biological Research for Nursing [epub ahead of print].
Saban, K. L. Hogan, T.P., Defrino, D., Evans, C.T., Bauer, E., Pape, T.L., Steiner, M., Proescher, E., Vlasses, F.R., & Smith, B.M.. (2013). Burnout and Coping Strategies of Polytrauma Team Members Caring for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury. Brain Injury, 27 (3) 301-9.
Saban, K.L, Mathews, H., O’Brien, T., Bryant, F. B. & Witek Janusek, L. (2012). Depressive Symptoms and Diurnal Salivary Cortisol Patterns Among Female Caregivers of Stroke Survivors. Biological Research for Nursing, 14, 396-404.
Saban, K.L. & Hogan, N.S. (2012). Women Caregivers of Stroke Survivors: Coping and Adapting to a Life That Once Was. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing.44 (1) 2-14.
Hynes, D.M, Stroupe, K.T., Kaufman, J.S., Reda, D.J., Browning, M.M., Huo, S., Fischer, M., Saban, K.L., Manning, W. (2012). Comparing VA and Private Sector Healthcare Costs for End Stage Renal Disease. Medical Care, 50 (2), 161-170.
Saban, K.L., Smith, B., Collins, E. & Pape, T.L. (2011). Gender Differences in Life Satisfaction and Functional Status One-Year after Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Women’s Health.20 (2), 179-186. doi: 10.1089.
DeVon, H., Saban, K.L. & Garrett, D.K. (2011). For Women Only: Recognizing and Responding to Symptoms of Heart Attack and Stroke. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing. 40 (3), 372-82. Awarded 2011 Council on Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Article of the Year Award.
Saban, K.L., Bryant, F.B., Stroupe, K., Reda, D. & Hynes, D.M. (2010). Measurement Invariance of the Kidney Disease and Quality of Life Instrument (KDQOL-SF) across Veterans and Non-Veterans. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 8:120 (25 October 2010 doi: 10.1186/1477-7525-8-120.
Kostovich, C., Saban, K.L. & Collins, E. (2010). Becoming a Nurse Researcher: The Importance of Mentorship. Nursing Science Quarterly, 23, 281-286. doi: 10.1177/0894318410380260.
Saban, K.L., Sherwood, P.R., DeVon, H.A. & Hynes, D. M. (2010). Measurement of Psychological Stress and Physical Health in Caregivers of Stroke Survivors: A Literature Review. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 42 (3).
DeVon, H.A. & Saban, K.L. (2012). Psychosocial and biological stressors and the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease. In V. Hill Rice (Ed). Handbook of Stress, Coping, and Health. (pp. 381-408). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.