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Marian Wilson
Research First Friday to focus on managing chronic pain in people with opioid addiction

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 … » More …

Janessa Graves
Head blows in contact sports not child’s play


By Linda Weiford, WSU News

SPOKANE, Wash. – Hoping to address concussion concerns and declining participation, the youth arm of the NFL in September will roll out a pilot program that alters how football is played by its youngest athletes. USA Football aims to reduce the head-banging force of the game by testing a new format called modified tackle.

Keeping a close eye on the change is Janessa Graves, assistant professor at Washington State University’s College of Nursing and a pediatric injury researcher.

“Knowing that young athletes’ developing brains make them more susceptible to concussion injuries, it only makes sense that we … » More …

Adam Halvorsen and Teresa Gonzalez, Yakima in Olympia
Record number of WSU students advocate for nursing practice, citizens of WA State


Adam Halvorsen on Nurse Legislative Day advocates for nursing practice

(Tri-Cities student Adam Halvorsen and Yakima student Teresa Gonzalez)

By Sarah Schaub

It was a big day in Olympia, Washington Tuesday where a record 102 Washington State University College of Nursing students from across the state attended the 35th annual Nurse Legislative Day.

“Nurse Legislative Day is really about advocating for the nursing profession and for the citizens of Washington State,” said Debbie Brinker, Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs & Community Engagement at WSU College … » More …

Wendy Buenzli
Assistant Professor to present at GANES conference

Wendy Buenzli will present at GANES conference

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Wendy Buenzli on her recent notification of acceptance to present at the Global Alliance for Leadership in Nursing Education and Sciences (GANES) Conference in Miami.  The conference theme is “The Catalyzing Nursing Education and Scholarship for Global Health”.  The conference will spotlight key issues in nursing education that extend to nursing research, nursing practice and health policy.  Dr. Buenzli’s presentation is titled “The synergies of academic-practice partnerships to serve the needs of Indigenous and Rural populations.”

HPA Professor Jae Kennedy
WSU Professor joins social insurance advisory group

Professor Jae Kennedy joins social insurance advisory group

SPOKANE, Wash. – Jae Kennedy, a professor of Health Policy and Administration at Washington State University Spokane, has accepted membership into the National Academy of Social Insurance, which contributes research and expertise to the policymaking process for Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, disability insurance, worker’s compensation and other social insurance programs.

“I have spent my entire career working in the disability policy arena, and am very honored to be recognized by the Academy for … » More …

Q & A with PhD Program Director Dr. Celestina Barbosa-Leiker


Dr. Barbosa-Leiker is the PhD Program Director, Assistant Professor, and Director of our Program of Excellence in Addictions Research (PEAR). She has a PhD in psychology from Washington State University and has an extensive research portfolio. To learn more about Dr. Barbosa-Leiker and her research, visit her profile page.

Why did you accept the role as PhD program director at WSU College of Nursing?

I want to help nurses become independent researchers and scholars. Patient-related research is … » More …

Marian Wilson
New study to investigate role of sleep in chronic pain

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane
SPOKANE, Wash. – Washington State University will lead a study to understand the relationship between sleep and chronic pain, part of a nationwide effort to address the rising abuse of opioid pain relievers and expand the arsenal of non-drug treatment options.

“Physicians are being pressured to stop prescribing so many opioids,” said Marian Wilson, assistant professor in the WSU College of Nursing and lead investigator on the study. New prescription guidelines issued this year by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend providers limit … » More …

Dean Joyce Griffin-Sobel
WSU Health Sciences Update: WSU College of Nursing Dean Griffin-Sobel

WSU College of Nursing Dean Griffin-Sobel discusses simulation, nursing research, interprofessional education and collaboration, and her plans for the future of the college.

Portrait of Lois James in front of her CBTSim simulator
New police training draws from science of deadly force

Lois James

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

A portable use-of-force simulator aimed at launching a new era in police training is being rolled out by Washington State University.

Called the Counter Bias Training Simulation, or CBTsim, it is the only simulation technology to use interactive video scenarios derived from extensive research of actual police-involved shootings over 30 years in the U.S.

Developed by researchers at WSU’s Simulated Hazardous Operational Tasks Laboratory in Spokane, the device is being offered as a … » More …

Faculty Commercializes Simulation Scenario Training for Police Forces

Trust between law enforcement and the people they protect and serve is essential. When citizens lose trust in the police force, grave consequences result, including creating a divided community.

cbt-landing7Created by researchers at Washington State University, Dr. Lois James and Dr. Stephen James, Counter Bias Training Simulation (CBTsim) is an evidence-based scenario training that can help police across the nation understand and be aware of what goes into decision making in potentially life-threatening situations. CBTsim provides a solution for police forces to utilize high-quality, scenario based, judgment training that conditions officers to respond on indicators of threat … » More …

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