Karen Pierre, MIHM, M.B.A., M.Sc., R.D.
Karen Pierre has over twenty-five (25) years of clinical and management training and experience, and has contributed in both areas at the operational and strategic levels of the Health Sector in Trinidad and Tobago. After eight years as a Clinical and Administrative Dietitian, she pursued post graduate management training and began a career in Hospital management and later, strategic management within the public Health Sector. As the local Hospital Administrator counterpart on the Trinidad and Tobago National Health Sector Reform programme, Ms Pierre helped pioneer the establishment of the Regional Health Authorities (RHAs). Her knowledge and experience as the first appointed CEO of an RHA has been a resource to the present.
In 1999 she joined the University of the West Indies (St Augustine), initially as a part-time Lecturer, before taking up a full time position of Lecturer and Coordinator of the Dietetics Internship programme within the Human Ecology programme. Her teaching responsibilities related to Nutrition, Dietetics and Management courses of the Human Ecology Programme. Before moving to her present position at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (2006), Ms Pierre was also instrumental in the development and delivery of a Jamaica based part-time BSc Human Ecology programme.
At the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) she worked with Hopkins Medicine International on a leadership and management training needs assessment for the public health sector. The initial outcomes of which have been leadership training for Managers in the Health Sector, and a Masters degree in Health Administration.
Ms Pierre was a recipient of a British Commonwealth Scholarship in 1990, and an IADB (Inter American Development Bank) fellowship in 1993 to pursue her MSc (Hospital and Health Service management) and MBA respectively. She is presently completing her PhD in Clinical Nutrition, but has a keen interest in spearheading collaborations for clinical and management research at the University of Trinidad and Tobago.
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