Dr. Jennifer Kawi completed her doctoral degree in nursing at University of Colorado Denver, a top graduate and research-intensive nursing program. Her program of research focuses on chronic pain, opioids, and biobehavioral factors affecting pain including self-management, self-management support, pain care disparities, and biomarkers. Currently, she has an R56 grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research entitled “Pilot Testing A Theory-Driven Self-Management Intervention for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain” in collaboration with Johns Hopkins. She has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented at regional, national, and international conferences. She received several awards for her nursing contributions.
Dr. Kawi is an alumna of the MSN/FNP program at UNLV and a board certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with a specialty in chronic pain management. She teaches primarily in the graduate programs with backgrounds in primary care, cardiovascular, post anesthesia, and medical-surgical nursing. Dr. Kawi held leadership roles in academia and clinical practice including administrative experience in licensure and accreditation of ambulatory surgery facilities.
Dr. Kawi serves as a chair for the American Society for Pain Management Nursing Education Committee, chair of the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association Finance Committee and member of the Board of Directors, and Advisory Board member of the Nevada Office of Minority Health and Equity. She served as an expert panel consultant of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Report on Nonopioid Pharmacologic Treatments for Chronic Pain. She is also a reviewer for several refereed journals. At the UNLV, School of Nursing, she serves as the chair of Promotion and Tenure Committee. She also chairs and serves in committees for student theses, doctoral projects, and dissertations. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.