Jennifer Kawi

Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Expertise: Chronic Pain, Opioids, Pain Management, Self-Management and Self-Management Support


Jennifer Kawi has been in the nursing field since 1992. She is a board certified advanced practice registered nurse in family practice with a specialty in chronic pain management.

Kawi’s research focuses on chronic pain and its management as well as the biobehavioral processes involved in chronic pain mechanisms. She teaches both in the undergraduate and graduate programs with backgrounds in critical care, cardiovascular, post anesthesia, and medical-surgical nursing. Kawi has additional leadership and administrative experience especially in licensure and accreditation of ambulatory surgery facilities. 

Kawi has published several peer-reviewed articles and presented in national and international interdisciplinary conferences in her areas of expertise. Additionally, she is an editorial board member of the Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal and reviewer for several refereed journals; treasurer of the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association; and serves on the UNLV School of Nursing Bylaws Committee. 


  • Ph.D, Nursing, University of Colorado, Denver
  • M.S., Nursing, FNP-BC, UNLV
  • B.S., Nursing, Saint Louis University

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Jennifer Kawi In The News

Which is common for any kind of chronic illness, not just for chronic pain, is nutrition, being able to balance calories in and calories out. Patients with low back pain, for example, who are obese, anything that we carry in front of us puts a strain on the low back.
K.U.N.V. F.M. The Source
In this summer 2020 edition of Medical Minute, UNLV nursing Associate Professor Jennifer Kawi (Ph.D., MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE)discusses the various ways to manage chronic pain and talks about the risks of using opioids.
K.U.N.V. F.M. The Source
In this summer 2020 edition of Medical Minute, UNLV nursing Associate Professor Jennifer Kawi (Ph.D., MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE) explains what chronic pain is, how common is it in the U.S., and why you should seek medical help if you suffer from it.
Practical Pain Management
Fall, with its brilliantly colored leaves underfoot, sunny skies above, and crisp, invigorating air, is the perfect season for hiking. If you’ve been taking advantage of this fun outdoor activity for years and now find that arthritis is holding you back, here’s some good news. Whether you have rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, you can still enjoy a hike and reap the health benefits at the same time, experts say.

Articles Featuring Jennifer Kawi

Jennifer Kawi poses next to three skeletons
Research | February 3, 2015

Nursing professor Jennifer Kawi is investigating how self-care strategies might help those suffering from chronic back pain.