Kara Pavone Biography

Kara Pavone

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Bouvé College of Health Sciences


Areas of Expertise

Acute and chronic pain
Postoperative cognitive dysfunction
Geriatric critical care
Behavioral neuroscience


Kara J. Pavone, R.N., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at Northeastern University. Her research expertise and teaching interests focus on acute and chronic pain, postoperative cognitive dysfunction and geriatric critical care. The primary focus of her research is to understand the predictors and consequences of pain among vulnerable populations, such as those with opioid use disorder, the elderly and racial and ethnic minorities, in order to direct the development of pain therapies towards better, more individualized patient care.

Project Description

Dr. Pavone will use the support provided by the Health Equity Faculty Scholar program to assess critical care nurses’ knowledge of pain assessment and pain management among older adults with substance use disorder.

Publications – Past Three Years

Pavone, K. J., Jablonski, J., Cacchione, P. Z., Polomano, R. C., & Compton, P. (2021). Evaluating Pain, Opioids, and Delirium in Critically Ill Older Adults. Clinical nursing research30(4), 455–463. https://doi.org/10.1177/1054773820973123

Pavone, K. J., Jablonski, J., Junker, P., Cacchione, P. Z., Compton, P., & Polomano, R. C. (2020). Evaluating delirium outcomes among older adults in the surgical intensive care unit. Heart & lung : the journal of critical care49(5), 578–584. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrtlng.2020.04.009

Ionescu, D. F., Bentley, K. H., Eikermann, M., Taylor, N., Akeju, O., Swee, M. B., Pavone, K. J., Petrie, S. R., Dording, C., Mischoulon, D., Alpert, J. E., Brown, E. N., Baer, L., Nock, M. K., Fava, M., & Cusin, C. (2019). Repeat-dose ketamine augmentation for treatment-resistant depression with chronic suicidal ideation: A randomized, double blind, placebo controlled trial. Journal of affective disorders243, 516–524. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2018.09.037