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Karen Larimer

  • Assistant Professor, Nursing
  • ​PhD, ACNP-BC, FAHA       ​
  • School of Nursing
  • (773) 325-8105
  • ​990 W. F​ullerton, room 3005D
Specialization and Interests
  • Cardiac device utilization and management
  • Cardiovascular risk assessment and reduction in vulnerable/underserved populations; past focus on Mexican Americans​
  • Community capacity building to improve social and physical health determinants of cardiovascular health and disease​
  • Community engagement and community-based service learning pedagogy​
  • Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative
Awards and Honors
  • 2011: CVD Prevention Graduation Award, Preventive Cardiology Nurses Association
  • 2007: Community Stewards Fellowship Loyola University Chicago
  • 2007: Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, Loyola University Chicago
  • 2007: Outstanding Faculty Manuscript Award  Western Journal of Nursing Research, Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • 2007: Sigma Theta Tau (Iota) Nursing Honor Society, Loyola University Chicago
  • 2006-2007: Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Chicago
  • 1991: Sigma Theta Tau (Alpha Beta) Nursing Honor Society, Vanderbilt University 
Funded Grants
  • Randomized trial of magnet vs programmer suspended therapies; A prospective multi-center randomized study (2011-2012: $180,000)
  • DePaul Public Service Council, Community-based Service Learning in the MENP Program. (Funded 2015, $5,000)
  • ​Medtronic, Inc., Boston Scientific, ICD ON Registry. (Funded 2013, $157,333)
DePaul Affiliations
  • Coordinator of Community Engagement, School of Nursing, MENP Program
Professional Activities
  • American Heart Association
    • ​President-elect, Chicago Board  2014 –current​
    • Member, Chicago Board of Directors​
    • Executive Leadership Team, Heart Walk, Innovation Forum​
    • Member, Illinois, Advocacy Committee​
    • Member, National Connected Heart Initiative, Cardiovascular Nursing Council​
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society​
  • Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Chicago​
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Latino Advisory Committee, Health Council​
  • Preventive Cardiology Nurses’ Association​
  • Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing​
  • Albert Schweitzer Fellow for Life
  • Heart Failure Society of American​​
  • American Association of Heart Failure Nurses​
  • ​Rauner YMCA Board Member​
Select Publications
Moser, D and Riegel, B (Eds):  Improving Outcomes in Heart Failure: An Interdisciplinary Approach.  Wilson JR, Chomsky DB, Dahle KL  Exercise in Heart Failure.  Gaithersburg:   Aspen Publishers, 2001.​
Larimer, K., Durmus, J., Flores, E. (2015).  Experiences of Young Adults with Pacemakers and/or ICDs.  Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2015. DOI: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000280​

Gifford, J, Larimer, K, Thomas, C, May, P, Stanhope, S, Gami, A.  Randomized Controlled Trial of Perioperative ICD Management: Magnet Application versus Reprogramming. Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology. 2014.doi: 10.1111/pace.12417

Devon, H., Penckofer, S. Larimer, K. Absence of Chest Pain during Acute Coronary Syndromes is Associated with Diabetes and Older Age.  Western Journal of Nursing Research. 2008; 30:  130-144.
Wilson JR, Smith JS, Dahle KL, Ingersoll GL.  Impact of Home Health Care Costs and Hospitalization Frequency in Patients with Heart Failure.  The American Journal of Cardiology.   1999;83:  615-617.
Dahle KL, Smith J, Ingersoll GL, Wilson JR.  Management of Patients with Heart Failure by a Nurse Practitioner; Impact on Hospital Costs.  The American Journal of Cardiology. 1998;82:  686-688.
Gifford, J. (Author & Presenter), Thomas, C. (Author), Larimer, K. A. (Author), Heart Rythm
Society Annual Scientific Sessions, "Effects of Electrosurgery on Subcutaneous ICD," Heart
Rhythm Society, Boston MA. (May 2015).​

Gifford, J. (Author & Presenter), Larimer, K. A. (Author), Heart Rythm Society Annual Scientific
Sessions, "ICD-ON Protocol: Perioperative management of Cardiac Implanted Electronic
Devices.," Heart Rhythm Society, Boston MA. (May 2015).​

Gifford J., Larimer K., Thomas C., May P., Stanhope S., Gami A. Randomized controlled trial of magnet application vs reprogramming for perioperative ICD management – preliminary results. Accepted for oral presentation to Heart Rhythm 2013 Scientific Session, May 2013.​

Larimer, K., Gulanick, M., Hackbarth, D., Penckofer, S.  CVD Risk in a Mexican Community of Chicago:  Beliefs, Prevalence and Environment.  Accepted at St. Albert’s Day, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, October, 2011.
Penckofer, S., Larimer, K., Ferrans, C., Lustman, P.  Study of Women’s Emotions & Evaluation of a Psychoeduational Program. Loyola University School of Nursing, Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium.  Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Medical Center, March   15, 2007.