Karen Outzen
Study Coordinator

Karen Outzen developed an interest in neurological research as an Administrative Assistant and fMRI Course Coordinator for the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Functional Imaging Research Center in 2006, under the direction of Steve Rao, PhD. In 2010, she became a Study Coordinator for Dr. J. Carson Smith’s project, “The Effects of Exercise in Mild Cognitive Impairment,” at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (UWM). When that study ended, she became the Lab Manager/Study Coordinator for Krista Lisdahl, PhD, in The Department of Psychology at UWM. She assists in a number of current projects, including “The Effects of Physical Activity and Marijuana Use on Frontolimbic Functioning During Adolescence: An fMRI Study” and the IDEAA Consortium Project. 

Karen manages the research team, handles administrative details, oversees advertising for subjects and staff, recruits study participants and conducts various portions of the research project. She monitors subject progress and ensures strict protocol compliance to Institutional Review Board standards. 

Karen earned a bachelor of arts in Spanish from Texas A&M University; she graduated magna cum laude.