Karen Trister Grace

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Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Contact Information

Email: kgrace@gmu.edu
Phone: 703-993-1932

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Dr. Karen Trister Grace is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University in the School of Nursing. Her research interests are in reproductive coercion, pregnancy intention and health disparities. She is the lead editor of the 3rd edition of the “Prenatal & Postnatal Care: A Person-Centered Approach” textbook. Before coming to Mason, Grace completed her PhD at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has been a practicing midwife since 2000 and has taught in nursing education since 2007. 


Research Interests

  • Reproductive coercion
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Pregnancy intention
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Health disparities
  • Health equity

Select Publications

Decker, M. R., Grace, K.T., Holliday, C. N., Bevilacqua, K. G., Kaur, A., & Miller, J. (2022). Safe and Stable Housing for Intimate Partner Violence Survivors, Maryland, 2019-2020. American Journal of Public Health, epub ahead of print. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2022.306728

Grace, K. T., Holliday, C. N., Bevilacqua, K. G., Kaur, A., Miller, J., & Decker, M. R. (2022). Sexual and reproductive health and reproductive coercion in women victim/survivors receiving housing support. Journal of Family Violence. doi: 10.1007/s10896-022-00362-0 

Grace, K.T., Perrin, N.A., Clough, A., Miller, E., & Glass, N.E. (2020). Correlates of reproductive coercion among college women in abusive relationships: baseline data from the college safety study. Journal of American College Health, 1-8. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2020.1790570

Grace, K.T., Decker, M.R., Alexander, K.A., Campbell, J., Miller, E. Perrin, N. & Glass, N.  (2020). Reproductive coercion, intimate partner violence and unintended pregnancy among Latina women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, epub ahead of print, 1-33. doi: 10.1177/0886260520922363

Grace, K. T., Alexander, K. A., Jeffers, N. K., Miller, E., Decker, M. R., Campbell, J., & Glass, N. (2020). Experiences of reproductive coercion among Latina women and strategies for minimizing harm:  “The path makes us strong”. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 65(2): 248-256. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.13061

Grace, K.T. & Fleming, C. (2016). A systematic review of reproductive coercion in international settings. World Medical & Health Policy, 8(4), 382-408. doi: 10.1002/wmh3.209 PMCID: PMC5423714

Grace, K.T. & Anderson, J.C. (2016). Reproductive coercion: A systematic review. Journal of Trauma, Violence & Abuse, 19(4), 371-390. doi: 10.1177/1524838016663935 PMCID: PMC5577387

Jordan, R.G., Farley, C.L. & Grace, K.T. (Eds.), (2019). Prenatal and Postnatal Care: A Woman-Centered Approach, 2nd ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Affiliations and Memberships

Survey Committee Chair, Division of Research, American College of Nurse Midwives https://www.midwife.org/volunteer?bid=3035#DC  

Certificate Maintenance Program Committee Member, American Midwifery Certification Board https://www.amcbmidwife.org

JMWH Best Research Article Award Selection Committee Member, American College of Nurse Midwives https://www.midwife.org

Scholarship reviewer, ACNM Foundation https://www.midwife.org/ACNM-Foundation


  • PhD, Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, 2019
  • MSN, Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, 2000
  • BSN, Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, 1998
  • BA, Sociology, Barnard College, 1991