Marian Wilson

The WSU College of Nursing’s Dr. Marian Wilson, PhD, MPH, RN-BC, will present results at Research First Friday from a randomized, controlled trial that used an online program to manage chronic pain in people with opioid addiction. She’ll be joined by research coordinator Michael Orr in the presentation, Engaging Adults with Chronic Pain and Opioid Addiction in Online Pain Self-management.

Subjects in opioid addiction treatment programs used an online program that guided them in relaxation, positive thinking and exercise, Dr. Wilson said. The research was conducted under the auspices of the College of Nursing’s Program of Excellence in Addictions Research.

Dr. Wilson’s team will be presenting results of the trial at conferences this spring. WSU College of Nursing PhD candidate Mary Lee Roberts will attend the 36th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to present her poster, “Receptivity to an online pain self-management program among people with persistent pain in opioid addiction treatment.” Myles Finlay, a research assistant and psychology student at Gonzaga University, will present his poster, “Pain and affective symptoms in chronic pain patients in opioid addiction treatment recruited to test an online pain management program” at The College of Problems on Drug Dependence (CPDD) 79th Annual Scientific Meeting in Montreal, Canada.

The co-investigators are Dr. John Roll, Dr. Matt Layton, and Dr. Celestina Barbosa-Leiker. This study was funded by WSU Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program.

Hear about this exciting research from the team at April’s Research First Friday: Friday April 7th, 12:10-1:15 PM.

Presentation locations are:

  • SNRS 401
  • VMMC 102Q
  • YNUR 104

For those who can’t attend, Research First Friday will be videostreamed and archived. Contact Kathy Bridwell for the link, at

1 hr CE

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Washington State Nurses Association

Approver of Continuing Nursing Education (A-CNE), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation