Karen McKearney, DNP, CPNP, PMHS, BCB

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Karen McKearney, DNP, CPNP, PMHS, BCB is a pediatric nurse practitioner in the Division of Child Neurology. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany with a B.S. in Human Biology, holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Columbia University, as well as a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Chatham University. Karen is board certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner, pediatric primary health care mental health specialist, and biofeedback provider. Her clinical practice is comprised of collaborative care for neurological conditions with a focus on implementing lifestyle interventions and other effective evidence-based treatments at the Columbia/NYP Child Neurology Clinic. Karen’s research interests include the application of biofeedback and neurofeedback in children and adolescents.

Board Certifications:

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care (CPNP)

Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist (PMHS)

Biofeedback Certification International Alliance Board Certified in Biofeedback (BCB)

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Biofeedback Therapy
  • Developmental Disorder
  • Headache
  • Migraines
  • Seizures
  • Sleep Disorder

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing

Administrative Titles

  • Nurse Practitioner

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Female

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622 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MSN, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Columbia University School of Nursing
  • BS, 1994 Human Biology, State University of New York
  • BS, 1995 Nursing, Columbia University School of Nursing
  • DNP, 2011 Chatham College

Honors & Awards

2011 NewYork-Presbyterian Ambulatory Care Network Nursing Excellence Award Winner

2011 Advanced Practice Nurse. NewYork-Presbyterian Falcon Award for Excellence at Practice


Selected Publications

Breastfeed Med. 2014 Jul-Aug;9(6):301-7. doi: 10.1089/bfm.2014.0015. Epub 2014 Jun 5. Impact of breastfeeding self-efficacy and sociocultural factors on early breastfeeding in an urban, predominantly Dominican community.