Karen B. Lasater, PhD, RN is a health outcomes and policy researcher. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research. Dr. Lasater received her BSN from Quinnipiac University. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also completed her postdoctoral training. Dr. Lasater's scholarship includes examining relationships between patient outcomes and the organizational features of nursing. Her research addresses a range of healthcare challenges (e.g., readmissions, patient satisfaction, end-of-life care) that are salient to patients and families, as well as the systems in which healthcare is delivered. Her study findings can be found in interdisciplinary journals including, Medical Care, British Medical Journal Quality and Safety, and Health Care Management Review.