Dr. Karen Ippolito has taught pre-licensure registered nursing for twenty years at both the community college and university levels, teaching in medical-surgical and psychiatric nursing specialties. Her education includes an Associate Degree in Nursing from Modesto Junior College, Bachelors of Nursing from CSU Stanislaus, Master's of Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner from UC San Francisco, and a Doctor of Education degree from University of the Pacific. She has prior experience as a Dean and Director for two programs where she led curriculum revision and program evaluation. She has authored pharmacology text chapters and NCLEX preparation test items for private authors. She currently serves and an Item Writer and Consultant for NCSBN NCLEX Review courses. She is an active member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and has presented at their annual meeting on assessment of cognitive development in nursing students. Her current research centers on instructional methods and the acquisition of complex cognitive skills in nursing. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at CSU Stanislaus, Turlock, CA where she teaches mental health nursing and pharmacology.