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Assistant Director, Training Resource Center
Coldstream Research Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Foster & Adoptive Parenting
  • Foster/Adoptive Parent Training & Support
  • Program Development & Implementation
  • Community Engagement
  • Child Welfare

Highlighted Publications

  • Miller, J.J., Cooley, M., Niu, C., Segress, M., Fletcher, J., Bowman, K., & Pachner, T.M. (2021). Assessing the impact of a virtual support group on adoptive parent stress and competence: Results from an urban/rural pilot study. Child & Family Social Work, 2021;1–8.
  • Miller, J., Cooley, M., Niu, C., Segress, M., Fletcher, F., Bowman, K., & Littrell, L. (2019). Support, information seeking, and homophily in a virtual support group for adoptive parents: Impact on perceived empathy. Children and Youth Services Review, 101, 151-156.
  • Miller, J., Cooley, M., Niu, C., Segress, M., Fletcher, F., Bowman, K., & Littrell, L. (2019). Virtual support groups among adoptive parents: Ideal for information seeking?, Journal of Technology in Human Services, 37(4), 347-361.
  • Miller, J., Sauer, C., Bowman, K., Thrasher, S., Benner, K., Segress, M., & Niu, C. (2018). Conceptualizing adoptive parent support groups: A mixed-method process. Adoption Quarterly, 21(1), 41-57.
  • Miller, J., Niu, C., Sauer, C., Bowman, K., Segress, M., & Benner, K. (2018). Foster parents’ knowledge of child trauma: An exploratory study. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma.

Current Projects

  • Adoption Support for Kentucky
  • Foster Parent Training Program
  • Foster Parent Mentor Program
  • Kentucky Kinship Resource Center
  • Medically Complex Training Program

Alma Mater

  • Murray State University – Master of Science in Human Development and Leadership
  • University of Evansville – Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Get to Know Karen

Karen’s hobbies include cooking, travel, reading, church, hanging out with her husband and three daughters, and running an Airbnb.