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Associate Professor
PhD Division
School of Nursing

Supported by NINR, AHRQ, and the CDC, the goal of Dr. Kneipp’s research is to reduce chronic disease morbidity in, and improve employment-related and other functioning for socioeconomically disadvantaged populations. To date, most of this work has focused on the relationship between health and employment among women making the transition from ‘welfare-to-work.’ Across studies, Dr. Kneipp has conducted secondary analyses of large, state- and nationally-representative data sets; been the principal investigator (PI) on three large randomized controlled trials; used mixed methods designs; and grounded the majority of her work in community-based participatory research (CBPR), and interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary team science approaches. She has more recently extended this work to examine the effect of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs (CDSMP) offered in community-based settings on the health and employment functioning of lower-to-middle wage workers. Currently, she is testing a multi-level intervention to prevent chronic disease and improve employer supports for socioeconomically disadvantaged, unemployed populations receiving job training services in the community. Pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and undergraduate students in both nursing and public health programs have engaged in various stages of the intervention development, efficacy testing, and dissemination trajectory of her research.

Dr. Kneipp earned her PhD from the University of Washington School of Nursing; her Master of Science degree in Community Health from the University of Michigan which prepared her to practice as an adult primary care nurse practitioner; and her Bachelor of Nursing Science degree from the University of Michigan. She currently serves as Chair-Elect of the American Public Health Association Public Health Nursing Section, and will serve as Chair from 2019-2021.