Faculty and Staff
Karen L. Saban, PhD, RN, APRN, CNRN, FAHA
Title/s: Associate Professor
Associate Dean for Research
Office #: Center for Translational Research and Education, HSC
|BSN||Loyola University of Chicago||1986|
|MSN||Loyola University of Chicago||1990|
|PhD||Loyola University of Chicago||2006|
Dr. Saban currently teaches GNUR 401: Nursing Concepts and Theories. Dr. Saban has over twenty years of experience as a critical care and neuroscience nurse caring for patients with stroke, cardiovascular disease, and traumatic brain injury.
Courses Taught, 2015-2016
GNUR 401 - Nursing Concepts and Theories
Research/Scholarly Interests and Selected Publications
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. The findings of her research have the potential to significantly improve the health of women at risk for stroke and to reduce cardiovascular health disparities.
Research Funding (2012-current)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Women at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease (PI: K. Saban), Funding: VA HSR&D NRI 12-413, $1,098,706
The Effects of Mindfulness on Sleep and Cognition in Women Veterans (PI: K. Saban), Funding: VA Office of Nursing Services, XVA 42-025, $70,347
Social Context and Inflammatory Risk of Stroke in African American Women (PI: K. Saban), Funding: NIH/NINR K01, $277,989
Advancing Clinical Outcomes, Biomarkers, and Treatments for Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: MiRNA and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (PI: T. Pape, Co-I: K. Saban), Funding: Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program, Department of Defense, $3,014,625
Mindfulness Approaches for Low-Income, Ethnic Minority Preschoolers (PI: C. Li-Grining, Co-I: K. Saban), Funding: Loyola University Multidisciplinary Grant, $30,000
Use of Complementary and Alternative Therapies for African American Women: A Focus Group Approach (PI: S. Tenfelde, Co-I: K.Saban). Funding: Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Beta Chapter, $1000
Saban, K. L. Griffin, JM, Urban, A., Janusek, M., Pape, TL. & Collins, EG. (2016). Perceived Health, Caregiver Burden, and Quality of Life in Women Partners Providing Care to Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury. JRRD (in press).
Saban, K. L., Mathews, H.L., Collins, E.G., Hogan, N.S., Tell, D., Bryant, F.B., Pape, T.L. Griffin, J .& Witek Janusek, L. (2016). The Man I Once Knew: Grief and Inflammation in Female Partners of Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury. Biological Research for Nursing. Jan;18(1):50-9. doi: 10.1177/1099800414568661. Epub 2015 Jan 30.
Brennan-Olsen, SL, Page, RS., Berk, M., Riancho, JA., Leslie, WD., Saban, K. L., Pasco, J., Janusek, L., Quirk, SE., Hyde, NK., Hosking, SM., & Williams, LJ., (2015). DNA methylation and the social gradient of osteoporotic fracture: A conceptual model. Bone. 2015 Dec 23 ;84:204-212. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2015.12.015. [Epub ahead of print].
Saban, K. L., Hogan, N. S., Hogan, T. P. and Pape, T. L.-B. (2015), He Looks Normal But … Challenges of Family Caregivers of Veterans Diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury. Rehabilitation Nursing. doi: 10.1002/rnj.182
Saban, K. L, Mathews, H.K., DeVon, H., and Janusek, L.W. (2014). Epigenetics and Social Context: Implications for Disparity in Cardiovascular Disease. Aging & Disease. 5(5), 346-355.
Rogers, T.J., Smith, B.M., Weaver, F.M., Ganesh, S., Saban, K. L., Stroupe, K.T., Martinez, R. N., Evans, C.T., and Pape, T.L. (2014). Healthcare Utilization following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Women Veterans. Brain Injury. 28 (11):1406-1412.
Saban, K. L., Hoppenstead, D., Bryant, F.B & DeVon, H.A. (2014). Social Determinants and Heat Shock Protein 70 Among African American and Non-Hispanic White Women with Atherosclerosis: A Pilot Study. Biological Research for Nursing. 16 (3), 258 - 265.
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.
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.
Professional & Community Affiliations
In addition to serving as a Research Health Scientist at the Edward Hines Jr. VA, Dr. Saban is actively engaged in professional organizations including the American Heart Association State-of-the Science Stroke Nursing Symposium Planning Committee. She is an active member of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG), Midwest Nursing Research Society, and Sigma Theta Tau International.