karen romani

Karen Romani, PhD


    Karen Romani obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Walden University in 2019. Her research focused on the effect of therapeutic yoga and mindfulness on depression, anxiety, pain and quality of life. She has been a certified yoga therapy instructor since 2000 and a certified reiki master since 2008. Naturally, her interest in mindfulness, meditation and healing supported her studies and dissertation research in complementary and alternative health modalities, and strengthened her approach to mental health. She also attended Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, earning her master’s degree in psychology in 2012 after returning to academia more than a decade after earning a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Humboldt State University as an undergrad in 1994. She then joined the Peace Corps where she taught English and supported female literacy while living in Senegal and Guinea, West Africa.

    Karen has remained involved in alternative health and education, working with children and adults with learning disabilities. She has directed a non-profit after-school care and summer program for at-risk youth and low-income families for several years, conducting restorative yoga classes for individuals living with HIV, immunodeficiency, along with related affective disorders, addiction and stress. Karen is currently providing services under the license and supervision of Chris Laviola, PsyD until she completes licensure.