As a researcher Karen Jean Matsko Hood places her focus on child abuse and neglect and domestic violence. She also researches to find possible solutions to these growing social problems. Hood has incorporated the studies and findings of research and drug abuse with families in her writings. Hood’s research topics include such diverse topics as education, attachment disorder, attachment disorder therapy and treatment, the foster care system, human development, parenting, adoption, health, and historical topics. She is also interested in food and nutrition research, which she uses for her epicurean writing. Hood uses her B.S. Degree in Natural Science along with her research training in her Ph.D. program to conduct research on various plants and animal topics including equine, canine, and botanical research.