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Karen Skemp

Associate Professor
Public/Community Health Edu
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Karen Skemp

Associate Professor

Public/Community Health Edu

Specialty area(s)

Nutrition and performance, Alternative Nutrition, Nutrition education, Body Image and eating patterns across various populations, Fitness Across the Lifespan.


Ph.D. (Kinesiology), University of Minnesota
M.Ed. (Physical Education/Athletic Administration), North Dakota State University
B.A. (Education/Sociology), University of San Diego



Patrick Barlow, Institutional Research, Assessment & Planning; and Michele Pettit and Karen Skemp, both Public Health & Community Health Education; presented "Coping with a crisis: The intersection of spirituality and social media" at American Public Health Association 2023 Annual Meeting & Expo: on Nov. 13 in Atlanta, GA. Spirituality includes a sense of connection to something bigger than oneself and may become prominent when an individual confronts emotional stress, physical ailments or mortality. Resilience refers to the ability to bounce back when presented with challenging situations. COVID-19 presented a challenging situation for people across the globe. To that end, the purpose of this study was to examine spiritual coping in relation to social media use, resilience, stress, depression, and anxiety among a campus community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Submitted on: Nov. 20, 2023


Addie M. Berens, Department of Anesthesiology, Children’s Hospital, Milwaukee, WI and Karen Skemp, Public Health and Community Health Education, co-authored the article "Examining the Prevalence of Disordered Eating among Menopausal and Post-Menopausal Women" in Archives of Women Health and Care published on May 8 by Archives of Women Health and Care.

Submitted on: May 12, 2023