Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center
200 Retreat Avenue
Whitehall Building - Institute of Living
Hartford CT 06106
Phone: (860) 545-7776
Karen graduated in 1996 with a B.A. in Psychology and a
minor in Criminal Justice from CCSU. In 2002 she earned an M.S. in Research
from SSCU, where she completed her masterís thesis on Protective Factors in
Adolescent Substance Use. She began working as a Research Assistant in 1997
and has gained experience working on a variety of projects that included
developing mental health screening measures, conducting program evaluations,
and studying the epidemiology of mental illness in the prison population.
Karen joined the Olin Center in July 2010 as a Clinical Research Coordinator
for the REACH project, which is centered on enhancing clinical services
through the use of supportive clinical tools studying mood disorders in
children & adolescents.
Karen works in the Child & Adolescent Outpatient
clinics managing the REACH project under the direction of Dr. Michael
Stevens. Her responsibilities include clinical interviewing, data
management, protocol development, and tracking treatment outcomes. She is
responsible for the organization of all project activities with the goal of
attaining a sustainable clinical-research infrastructure within the IOL.
Kesten, K., Leavitt-Smith, E., Rau, D.R., Shelton, D., Zhang, W.,
Wagner, J. & Trestman, R.L. (in press).
Recidivism rates among mentally ill inmates: Impact of the
Connecticut Offender Re-Entry Program (CORP). Journal of
Correctional Health Care.
Shelton, D., Kesten, K., Zhang, W., & Trestman, R.L. (2011). Impact
of a dialectical behavior therapy-corrections modified (DBT-CM) upon
behaviorally challenged incarcerated male adolescents. Journal of Child
and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. 24: 105-113.
Shelton, D., Sampl,
Kesten, K., Zhang, W., & Trestman, R.L. (2009). Treatment of
impulsive aggression in correctional settings. Behavioral Sciences and
the Law. 27: 787-800.
J., Temporini, H.D., Quarti, S., Zhang, W., Pagano, K., Demartinis,
N., & Trestman, R.L. (2007). Psychiatric use & utility of Divalproex Sodium
in Connecticut prisons. International Journal of Offender Therapy &