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Shelley Summers-karn

Contributing Faculty

College of Health Professions

School of Health Sciences

Degree Program Ph.D. Health Education and Promotion

Shelley Karn, EdD is the Project Director for the Tobacco Research and Evaluation Team with the University of Texas at Austin, Kinesiology and Health Education Department and contributing faculty for Walden University. The projects include community coalition evaluation as well as clinical interventions for systems change for tobacco cessation. Dr. Karn also directs the development and implementation for a statewide college initiative focused on reducing life-long initiation for tobacco use. Dr. Karn has more than 20 years of experience in prevention initiatives including tobacco cessation, cancer control initiatives, comprehensive pregnancy prevention programs, nutrition education and school health projects. Dr. Karn is a Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist and works to incorporate simple solutions to adhere to the requirements of the new reform policy.

Courses Taught

HLTH 8110 - Exploring Health Education

HLTH 6510 - US Healthcare and Population Health

HLTH 6540 - Population Health Management Applications

HLTH 8205 - Assessing Community Needs


EdD, University of Phoenix

MEd, Baylor University

BS, Lamar University

Post-master's Certificate, Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist


Karn, S., Fernandez, A., Grossberg, L., Robertson, T., Sharp, B., Huang, P., Loukas, A. (2016). Systematically Improving Tobacco Cessation Patient Services thtough Electronic Medical Record Integration. Journal of Health Promotion Practice.

Summers-karn, S. L., Fernandez, A., Latimer, L. A., Seymour, M., Loukas, A., Sharp, B. (2017). Texas College Campus Tobacco Policies: Examining the Comprehensiveness of College Tobacco Policies. Health Behavior and Policy Review.

Loukas, A., Batanova, M., Velazquez, C., Karn, S., Lang, W., Robertson, T., Sneden, G., Summers-karn, S. L. (2011). Who uses snus? A study of Texas adolescents. Nicotine & Tobacco Research.


K, S. (2014). Leveraging Electronic Health Records to Help Identify and Assist Tobacco Users to Quit Tobacco. .

Karn, S., Fernandez, A., Summers-karn, S. L. (2013). Partnering with healthcare settings to establish critical workflow modification for integration of a successful electronic referral process to the Quitline.

Sharp, B., Karn, S. (2015). Tobacco Data: The art of being curious. Presented at the Community Transformation Grant Action Institute..

Fernandez, A., Seymour, M., Latimer, L., Karn, S., Loukas, A., Sharp, B. (2016). Assessment of College College Tobacco Policies in Texas..