Karen E. Coyne

Assistant Professor
Health Promotion & Development


Dr. Karen Coyne has been an educator for over 10 years in various pre-licensure educational programs, including practical nurse, diploma, associate, bachelor, accelerated bachelor and masters. In 2020, she was awarded The Cameo of Caring Award and Daisy Award for Extraordinary Teachers. In 2018, she began the “Boost Girls in Care” foundation, which provides new bras for girls in foster care, independent living, and new mothers through the Allegheny County Health Department.

Dr. Coyne received her diploma of nursing from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing as well as her BSN from California University of Pa.  She received her MSN with a nursing education concentration from Waynesburg University.  Most recently, she received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Carlow University, where her scholarly project “Nurses caring for pregnant women with substance use disorder: Exploring emotional intelligence and attitudes” has been presented at several conferences as a poster and podium presentation.

Dr. Coyne has taught across the lifespan in nursing with her focus on maternity, pediatrics, and community.

Clinical Emphasis

School Nursing

Scholarly Emphasis

The impact of knowledge, emotional intelligence and attitudes on substance use in pregnancy. Additionally, further research into increasing emotional intelligence and attitudes in pre-licensure nursing students prior to entering the workforce is ongoing. 


Maternity (ABSN) clinical
Pediatric (Traditional) clinical
School Nursing Seminar and Practicum