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Marian Wilson

Marian Wilson

Associate Professor, SpokaneDEI Advocate 509-324-7443 SNRS 426B 412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA 99202-2131

Dr. Wilson completed her PhD in Nursing at the Washington State University College of Nursing in Spokane under the guidance of Dr. John Roll within the Program of Excellence in Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment. She is faculty of WSU’s Program of Excellence in Addictions Research and core faculty of the Sleep and Performance Research Center. She is board certified in Pain Management Nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center & American Society for Pain Management Nursing. She has experience as a nurse scientist leading clinical research in acute care settings and has a passion for empowering nurses through engagement with evidence-based practice and research projects. She has published research testing Internet-based self-management programs to assist patients with persistent (chronic) pain and depressive symptoms. Her current focus is on how opioid use and addiction can be addressed within persistent pain populations with a focus on adoption of non-pharmacologic strategies and improving sleep.

Dr. Wilson’s CV


  • PhD in Nursing, Washington State University College of Nursing, Spokane, WA
  • Masters in Public Health, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  • Associates in Nursing, Gloucester County College, Sewell, NJ
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN


Pain, sleep, self-management of chronic conditions, online interventions, evidence-based nursing practice.

Research Strengths

Pain, sleep, symptom self-management

Methodological Strengths

Randomized clinical trials, survey research

Selected Funded Research

Areas of Expertise

Pain, symptom self-management, palliative care, oncology, mental health, web-based interventions, compassion satisfaction/compassion fatigue, nurse engagement in multi-discipline research.


  • American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN), 2010-present
  • Institute of Translational Health Sciences, 2011-present
  • Review Board, Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 2007-present
  • Review Board, Pain Management Nursing, Official Journal of the ASPMN, 2012-present

Selected Publications

Wilson, M., Dolor, R.J., Lewis, D., Regan, S.L., Vonder Meulen, M.B., Winhusen, T. J. (2022). Opioid dose and pain effects of an online pain self-management program to augment usual care in adults with chronic pain: A multi-site randomized clinical trial. PAIN, 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000002785. Advance online publication. .

Turner, H., Oliver, J., Compton, P., Matteliano, D., Sowicz, T. J., Strobbe, S., St. Marie, B., Wilson, M.  (2021). Pain management and risks associated with substance use: Practice recommendations. Pain Management Nursing. Epub ahead of print Dec. 26, 2021.

Wilson, M., Bray, B.S., Remsberg, C. M., Kobayashi, R., Richardson, B.A. (2021) Interprofessional education on opioid use and pain identifies team-based learning needs. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 13(4), 429–437.   

Wilson, M., Klein, T., Bindler, R., Kaplan, L. (2020). Shared decision-making for patients using cannabis for pain symptom management in the United States. Pain Management Nursing, 22(1), 15–20.

Wilson, M., Finlay, M., Orr, M., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Sherazi, N., Roberts, M. L. A., Layton, M., Roll, J. M. (2018). Engagement in online pain self-management improves pain in adults on medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders. Addictive Behaviors, 86, 130-137. PMID: 29731244.

Wilson, M., Shaw, M. R., Roberts, M. (2018). Opioid initiation to substance use treatment: “They just want to feel normal.” Nursing Research, 67(5),369-378. Epub ahead of print July 26. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000298

Wilson, M., Gogulski, H. Y., Cuttler, C., Bigand, T. L., Oluwoye, O., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Roberts, M. A. (2017). Cannabis use moderates the relationship between pain and negative affect in adults with opioid use disorder. Addictive Behaviors, 77, 225-231. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.10.012

Wilson, M., Permito, R., English, A., Albritton, S., Coogle, C., Van Dongen, H.P.A. (2017). Performance and sleepiness in nurses working 12-hour day shifts or nights shifts in a community hospital. Accident Analysis and Prevention. Epub ahead of print October 6, 2017.

Wilson, M., Shaw, M. (2017). Participant perspectives on benefits and challenges of engaging in an online pain self-management program. International Journal of Healthcare Information Systems and Informatics, 12(4). doi:10.4018/IJHISI.201710010

Wilson, M., Ramsay, S., Young, K. (2017). Engaging overweight adolescents in a health and fitness program using wearable activity trackers. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. Epub ahead of print May 11, 2017.

Newcomb, P., Wilson, M., Baine, R., McCarthy, T., Krauser, D., Nixon, C. (2017). Patient satisfaction among frequent users of emergency departments who present with pain. Journal of Emergency Nursing. Epub ahead of print May 17, 2017.

Wilson, M., Hewes, C., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Mason, M., Wuestney, K. A., Shuen, J. A., Wilson, M. P. (2017). Engaging adults with chronic disease in online depressive symptom self-management. Western Journal of Nursing Research. Epub ahead of print January 30, 2017.

Günüşen, N. P., Wilson, M., Aksoy, B. (2017). Secondary traumatic stress and burnout among Muslim nurses caring for chronically ill children in a Turkish hospital. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. Epub ahead of print January 30, 2017.

Sleutel, M., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Wilson, M. (2015). Psychometric testing of the Healthcare Evidence-based Practice Assessment Tool (HEAT). Journal of Nursing Measurement, 23(3), 485-498.

Wilson, M., Roll, J., Corbett, C., Barbosa-Leiker, C. (2015). Empowering patients with persistent pain using an Internet-based self-management program. Pain Management Nursing, 16(4), 503-14. doi:10.1016/j.pmn.2014.09.009

Wilson, M., Ice, S., Nakashima, C., Cox, L.A., Morse, E., Philip, G., Vuong, E. (2015). Striving for evidence-based practice innovations through a hybrid model journal club. Nurse Education Today, 35(5), 657-662. Advance online publication February 21, 2015. doi: 10.1016/ j.nedt. 2015.01.026

Wilson, M., Sleutel, M., Newcomb, P., Walsh, J., Behan, D., Wells, J., Baldwin, K. (2015). Empowering nurses with evidence-based practice environments: Surveying Magnet, Pathway to Excellence, and non-Magnet facilities in one health care system. Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing, 12(1), 12-21. Advance online publication January 16, 2015. doi:10.1111/wvn.12077

Thompson, A., Wilson, M., James, T., Symbal, J., Izumi, S. (2013). Feasibility study to implement nurse-delivered massage for pain management. Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing, 15(7), 403-409.

Wilson, M., Roll, J., Pritchard, P., Masterson, B., Howell, D., Barbosa-Leiker, C. (2013). Depression and pain interference among emergency department chronic pain patients. Journal of Emergency Nursing. Advance online publication April 26, 2013.

Smart, D., English, A., James, J., Wilson, M., Daratha, K., Childers, B., Magera, C. (2013). Factors associated with compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction among healthcare workers. Nursing and Health Sciences. Advance online publication May 13, 2013.

Masterson, B., Wilson, M. (2012). Pain care management in the Emergency Department: A retrospective review to examine one program’s effectiveness. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 38(5), 429-434.

Wilson, M. (2011). Integrating the concept of pain interference into pain management. Pain Management Nursing. Advance online publication November 9, 2011. doi:10.1016/j.pmn. 2011.06.004

Updated 01/24/23