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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
Assistant 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:
Catherine Cherwin
Catherine Cherwin
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Cancer symptom management
  • Symptom clusters, gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Non-pharmacologic interventions
Nai-Ching Chi
Nai-Ching (Allison) Chi
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Family caregiving
  • End-of-life care
  • Pain management
  • Healthy aging technologies
Sue E. Gardner
Sue Gardner
Professor
Research Focus:
  • Wound healing
  • Wound infection
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Chronic wound microbiome
  • Wound pain
Stephanie Gilbertson-White
Stephanie Gilbertson-White
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Stress response, cognitive and emotional appraisals, and coping in patients with advanced cancer.
  • Genotype-to-phenotype associations of pain and associated symptoms in cancer.
  • Timely introduction of palliative and supportive care in patients with chronic, life-limiting diseases.
Mila Grady
Mila Grady
Instructional Track Lecturer
Research Focus:
Ruth Grossmann
Ruth Grossmann
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 Services
Research Focus:
Keela Herr
Keela Herr
Kelting Professor in Nursing, Associate Dean for Faculty
Research Focus:
  • Pain in older adults
  • End of life care
  • Promoting evidence-based practice
  • Translation science
Charmaine Kleiber
Charmaine Kleiber
Associate Professor Emeritus
Research Focus:
Ann Marie McCarthy
Ann Marie McCarthy
Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship
Research Focus:
  • Pediatric psychology, children with chronic conditions, school health/school nursing
  • Cognitive-behavioral interventions to alleviate child distress during painful procedure
Chooza Moon
Chooza Moon
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
Cormac O'Sullivan
Cormac O'Sullivan
Associate Professor (Clinical), Director, Anesthesia Nursing Program
Research Focus:
  • Anesthesia and pain management
  • Health services; health economics; practitioner and provider preferences
  • Quality and safety of surgical services and outcomes
Barbara Rakel
Barbara Rakel
Professor
Research Focus:
  • Pain management in older adults
  • Hyperalgesia
  • Nonpharmacologic pain interventions
  • Acute care
  • Evidence-based practice
Sandra Ramey
Sandra Ramey
Associate Professor of Instruction
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
  • Substance use disorder
  • Coexistence of chronic pain and substance use disorder
  • Prescription opioid misuse
  • Palliative care
  • Primary care
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
Judy Verger
Judy Verger
Professor (Clinical), Director, PNP-AC Program
Research Focus: