Quinnipiac University
Karen Ragaisis is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing in the QU School of Nursing. Her teaching focus includes psychiatric nursing, psychopharmacology, health promotion, and community health. She works with undergraduate and graduate students.

Prior to joining Quinnipiac, Karen worked as an nurse practitioner in hospital based psychiatric emergency services. She also has systems expertise via working as a psychiatric consultation-liaison clinical nurse specialist, and has a background in critical care nursing. While not a primary researcher, she is a peer reviewer for several nursing journals, and has published and presented her clinical work at national conferences.

Karen has been recognized and received awards from the International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) for her board membership and practice excellence. She is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), and from 2017-2019 was a part of a work group which created an online behavioral health teaching module. Karen is also the current President of the Connecticut Chapter of the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA). She is a volunteer for an assistance program which addresses the health and well-being of healthcare professionals. She is also a member of the International Family Nurses Association and is co-chair of the Simulation, Techonology, and Informatics Committee.


  • BSN, University of Bridgeport
  • MA, Saint Joseph College
  • MSN, Saint Joseph College
  • DNP, University of Massachusetts Boston

Areas of Expertise

  • Emergency Psychiatry and Addictions
  • Psychiatric Nursing: Inpatient


  • Nursing

Office Location

  • Medicine, Nursing, Health Sci

Mail Drop

  • NH-HSC



Clincal Assistant Professor

Hamden, CT USA

2015 - Present

University of Massachusetts Boston


Boston, MA USA

2014 - 2014

Bristol Hospital

Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison Clinical Nurse Specialist

Bristol, CT USA

1986 - 2006

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Article

Qualtity improvement and models of behaivoral healthcare integration: Position paper #2

Shell, L., Newton,M., Soltis-Jarrett,V., Ragaisis, K., & Shea, J.


Professional Designation