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 Five Years

Pavone KJ, Jablonski J, Cacchione PZ, Polomano RC, Compton P. Evaluating the relationships among pain, opioid analgesic administration and the onset of delirium in older adults in the surgical intensive care unit. Clinical Nursing Research. (In Press).

Pavone KJ, Jablonski J, Junker P, Cacchione PZ, Compton P, Polomano RC. Evaluating delirium outcomes among older adults in the surgical intensive care unit. Heart & Lung. May 17 2020; doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2020.04.009. PMID: 32434699.

Pavone KJ, Cacchione PZ, Polomano RC, Winner L, Compton P. Evaluating the use of dexmedetomidine for the reduction of delirium: An integrative review. Heart & Lung. 2018 Sep 25. doi:10.1016/j.hrtlng.2018.08.007. PMID: 30266265.

For a complete list of publications please visit: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/kara.pavone.1/bibliography/public/