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Idaho State University

Karen S. Neill, Ph.D., R.N., SANE-A, DF-IAFN

A picture of the Interim Dean and Associate Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Karen Neill

Interim Dean and Professor

College of Nursing
Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Ave Stop 8101
Pocatello, ID 83209-8101

Office: Beckley 247 – Pocatello Campus
Phone: 208-282-2102


  • B.S. in Nursing, Idaho State University
  • M.S. in Nursing, Idaho State University
  • Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Idaho State University


Dr. Karen Neill is the Interim Dean and Professor of Nursing, College of Nursing, in the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences. Dr. Neill is currently the President of Nurse Leaders of Idaho, of the Idaho Center for Nursing.  As President of Nurse Leaders of Idaho, Dr. Neill has contributed to leadership and workforce development in the state of Idaho, in collaboration with nurse leaders across the state to advance nursing for a healthy Idaho.  Dr. Neill is an alumna of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN] Leaders in Academic Nursing program, and an alumna of the Wharton Executive Leadership program of the University of Pennsylvania offered in conjunction with AACN.

Dr. Neill specializes in forensic nursing practice and trauma informed care, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Association of Forensic Nursing [IAFN]. She has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Forensic Nursing, the premier journal of the IAFN, and has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals in the area of violence prevention and effective response. Dr. Neill has been an invited speaker nationally and internationally on forensic nursing practice and has served as an expert witness and consultant in forensic nursing for over twenty-five years. Dr. Neill is an approved Domestic Assault/Battery Evaluator through the Idaho Supreme Court. Research and scholarship emphases include forensic nursing practice, outcome measurement, evidence based and interprofessional approaches, and leadership as these relate to program development and evaluation, collaborative service delivery, and informed response.