Dr. Karen McQueen


Phone Number: 
+1 (807) 343-8010ext. 7124
Office Location: 
SN 1024
Office Hours: 
By appointment
Academic Qualifications: 

PhD in Nursing, University of Toronto, 2009

MA(N), College of St. Scholastica, 2004

HBScN, Lakehead University, 1992

Nursing Diploma, Confederation College, 1987

Date joined Lakehead: 
Full-time faculty since 2005
Previous Teaching/Work: 

Dr. McQueen has extensive teaching experience in the areas of maternal-infant health, quantitative research methods and systematic reviews.

Research Interests: 

Dr. McQueen's research interests include: 1) breastfeeding promotion and interventions to improve breastfeeding outcomes, 2) breastfeeding as an intervention for infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), 3) the early identification and treatment of women with postpartum depression, 4) unfounded sexual assault, and 5) the preceptorship model for clinical education in nursing. Dr. McQueen has several peer-reviewed publications in the area of breastfeeding interventions, breastfeeding self-efficacy, postpartum depression, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and breastfeeding and sexual assault. Additionally, Dr. McQueen has been a panel member in the development of RNAO Best Practice Guidelines. 

Refereed Journal Publications

Murphy-Oikonen, J., Chambers, L., McQueen, K. & Miller, A. (2022). Police officer perspectives on the challenges of investigating sexual assault. Police Practice and Research: An International Journalhttps://doi.org/10.1080/15614263.2022.2154210

Murphy-Oikonen, J., Chambers, L., Miller, A. & McQueen, K. (2022). Sexual assault case attrition: The voices of survivors. Sage Open12(4), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1177/21582440221144612

Murphy-Oikonen, J., McQueen, K., Chambers, L. & Miller, A. (2022). Gatekeepers of Justice: Police experiences with investigating sexual assault. Crime and Delinquency, 1-27. https://doi.org/10.1177/00111287221143944

Marcellus, L., Cleveland, L., Maguire, D., Blythe, S., Goodman, D., Buus-Frank, M. & McQueen, K. (2022). Developments in nursing practice to address substance use in the perinatal period. Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Neonatal Nursing, 51(4), 361-376. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jogn.2022.03.004

McQueen, K., Murphy-Oikonen, J., Miller, M. & Chambers, L. (2021). Sexual assault: Women’s voices on the health impacts of not being believed by Police. BMC Women’s Health, 21, 217. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12905-021-01358-6

Murphy-Oikonen, J, Chambers, L, McQueen, K., Hiebert, A., & Miller, A. (2021). Sexual assault: Indigenous women’s experiences of not being believed by the police. Violence Against Women, 1-22.https://doi.org/10.1177/10778012211013903 

Murphy-Oikonen, J, McQueen, K., Miller, A., Chambers, L., & Hiebert, A. (2020). Unfounded Sexual Assault: Women’s experiences of not being believed by the Police. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 088626052097819. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260520978190

McQueen, K. Taylor, C. & Murphy-Oikonen, J. (2019). Systematic review of newborn feeding outcomes related to neonatal abstinence syndrome. Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Neonatal Nursing, 48(4), 398-407. DOI: 10.1016/j.jogn.2019.03.004

McQueen, K. (2018). “Rooming-in” could be an effective non-pharmacological treatment for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Evidence-Based Nursing, doi:10.1136/eg-2018-102948. Commentary on: MacMillan, KDL. et al. Association of rooming-in with outcomes for neonatal abstinence syndrome: A systematic review with meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatrics. 2018: 172: 345-351.

Murphy-Oikonen, J. & McQueen, K. (2018). Outpatient pharmacologic weaning for neonatal abstinence syndrome. Primary Health Care Research & Development, 9, 1-9. doi: 10.1017/S1463423618000270  (Impact factor 1.147).

Araban, M., Karimian, Z., Kokolaki, Z., McQueen, K. & Dennis, C-L. (2018). Randomized controlled trial of a prenatal breastfeeding self-efficacy intervention in primiparous women in Iran. Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Neonatal Nursing 47(2), 173-183. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2018.01.005 (Impact factor 1.261).

McQueen, K., Poole, K., Raynak, A., & McQueen, A. (2017). Preceptorship in a Nurse Practitioner program. The student perspective. Nurse Educator, 43(6), 302-306. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000498 (Impact factor 1.372)

Legere, L., Wallace, K., Bowen, A., McQueen, K., Montgomery, P. & Evans, M. (2017). Approaches to health care provider education and professional development in perinatal depression: A systematic review. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 17:239. doi: 10.1186/s12884-017-1431-4

Corbin van Willenswaard, K., Lynn, F., McNeill, J., McQueen, K., Dennis,C-L., Lobel, M. & Alderdice, F. (2017). Music interventions to reduce stress and anxiety in pregnancy: A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Psychiatry, 17:271. doi 10.1186/s12888-017-1432-x

McQueen, K. & Murphy-Oikonen, J. (2016). Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. New England Journal of Medicine, 375, 2469-2479. doi: 10.1056/NEJMra1600879

McQueen, K., Murphy-Oikonen, J. & Desaulniers, L. (2015). Maternal substance use and neonatal abstinence syndrome: A descriptive study. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 19(8), 1756-1765. doi: 10.1007/s10995-015-1689-y

McQueen, K., Sieswerda, L., Montelpare, W. & Dennis, C-L. (2015). Prevalence and factors affecting breastfeeding among Aboriginal women in Northwestern Ontario. Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, 44(1), 51-68. doi: 10.1111/1552-6909.12526

McQueen, K., Montelpare, W. & Dennis, C-L. (2013). Breastfeeding and Aboriginal women: Validation of the breastfeeding self-efficacy- short form. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 45(2), 58-75

Dennis, C-L., Schottle, N., Hodnett, E. & McQueen, K. (2012). An all-purpose nipple ointment versus lanolin in treating painful damaged nipples in breastfeeding mothers: A randomized controlled trial. Breastfeeding Medicine, 7(6), 473-479. doi: 10.1089/bfm.2011.0121

McQueen, K., Oikonen-Murphy, J., Gerlach, K. & Montelpare, W. (2011). The impact of infant feeding method on neonatal abstinence scores of methadone exposed infants. Advances in Neonatal Care, 11(4), 282-290. doi: 10.1097/ANC.0b013e318225a30c

McQueen, K., Dennis, C-L., Stremler, R. & Norman, C. (2011). A pilot randomized controlled trial of a breastfeeding self-efficacy intervention with primiparous mothers. Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, 40, 35-46.doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2010.01210.x

Ross, L., McQueen, K., Vigod, S. & Dennis, C-L. (2010). Risk for postpartum depression associated with reproductive technologies and multiple births: A systematic review. Human Reproduction Update, 17(1), 96-106. doi: 10.1093/humupd/dmq025

Dennis, C-L. & McQueen, K. (2009). The relationship between infant feeding outcomes and postpartum depression: A qualitative systematic review. Pediatrics, 123, 736-751. doi: 10.1542/peds.2008-1629

McQueen, K., Montgomery, P., Lappan-Gracon, S., Evans, M. & Hunter, J. (2008). Evidence-based recommendations for depressive symptoms in postpartum women. Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, 37(2),127-136. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2008.00215.x

Dennis, C-L. & McQueen, K.  (2007). Does maternal postpartum depressive symptomatology influence infant feeding outcomes? Acta Paediatrica, 96(4), 590-594. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2007.00184.x

McQueen, K. & Dennis, C-L.). (2007). Development of a postpartum depression best practice guideline: A review of the systematic process. The Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 22(3), 199-204. doi: 10.1097/01.NCQ.0000277774.12524.ab