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Areas of Excellence - Pain, Palliative Care and Symptom Management

Pain and its associated symptoms are common and often devastating to patients.

UI College of Nursing faculty are leaders in understanding and developing interventions to manage the biological, psychological, and behavioral aspects of illness symptoms that inhibit quality of life, including pain, fatigue, depression, insomnia and chronic wounds.

Michael Anderson
Michael Anderson
Associate Professor (Clinical)
Research Focus:
  • Infection control
  • Neuroanesthesia
  • The evolution of teaching and continuing education
  • Evidence-based practice and quality assurance research
Heather Bair
Heather Bair
Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Research Focus:
  • Simulation in education and health care
  • Use of cognitive aids and safety checklists to improve patient safety
  • Outpatient anesthesia
Catherine Cherwin
Catherine Cherwin
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Cancer symptom science
  • Gastrointestinal microbiome
  • Non-pharmacologic management of syptoms
Nai-Ching Chi
Nai-Ching (Allison) Chi
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Pain management and family caregiving
  • Palliative and hospice care
  • Technology-based interventions
Karen Dunn Lopez
Karen Dunn Lopez
Associate Professor, Director, Center for Nursing Classification and Clinical Effectiveness
Research Focus:
  • Use of nursing standardized languages to generate new knowledge
  • Information technologies to augment health decision making 
  • Usability of health information technologies
Sue E. Gardner
Sue Gardner
Professor
Research Focus:
  • Wound healing
  • Wound infection
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Chronic wound microbiome
  • Wound pain
  • Multimorbidity
  • Cancer survivorship
Stephanie Gilbertson-White
Stephanie Gilbertson-White
Associate Professor, Director, PhD Program
Research Focus:
  • Cancer symptom science
  • Palliative care
  • e-Health technologies and interventions
Mila Grady
Mila Grady
Instructional Track Lecturer
Research Focus:
Ruth Grossmann
Ruth Grossmann
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Impact of vitamin D supplementation on clinical outcomes in cystic fibrosis
  • Impact of nutrient dense diet on clinical outcomes in primary and secondary progressive multiple sclerosis
Kirsten Hanrahan
Kirsten Hanrahan
Director, Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice at UI Hospitals & Clinics
Research Focus:
Keela Herr
Keela Herr
Kelting Professor in Nursing, Associate Dean for Faculty, Co-Director of the Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence
Research Focus:
  • Pain in older adult -- assessment, treatment, and caregiver support
  • End-of-life and palliative care
  • Promoting evidence-based practice and translation science
Charmaine Kleiber
Charmaine Kleiber
Associate Professor Emeritus
Research Focus:
Ann Marie McCarthy
Ann Marie McCarthy
Professor
Research Focus:
  • Children with chronic health conditions
  • Cognitive-behavioral interventions to alleviate child distress during painful procedure
  • School health/school nursing
Chooza Moon
Chooza Moon
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Sleep and circadian rhythms in aging
  • Lifestyle factors contribute to Alzheimer's disease and dementia
  • Sleep and cognitive impairment in cardiovascular disease
Cormac O'Sullivan
Cormac O'Sullivan
Associate Professor (Clinical), Director, Anesthesia Nursing Program
Research Focus:
  • Perioperative crisis simulation and team dynamics
  • Leadership development for CRNAs
  • Health services; health economics; and cost effectiveness
  • Quality and safety of perioperative care
Barbara Rakel
Barbara Rakel
Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship
Research Focus:
  • Evaluating efficacy of non-pharmacologic pain management strategies
  • Movement-evoked pain versus resting (or overall) pain
  • Risk factors and prevention of acute to chronic postsurgical pain
Sandra Ramey
Sandra Ramey
Associate Professor (Instructional)
Research Focus:
  • Biological markers of stress
  • CVD risk and morbidity
  • Health promotion and resilience intervention development
Barbara St. Marie
Barbara St. Marie
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Acute pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Coexistence of chronic pain and substance use disorder
Julie Stanik-Hutt
Julie Stanik-Hutt
Professor (Clinical) and Director, AG-ACNP Program
Research Focus:
  • Pain and critical care
  • Acute care of older adults
  • Advanced practice nursing -- practice and policy