Distinguished Faculty Lecture

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Distinguished Faculty Lecture 2018-2019


Kari Firestone, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.S.
Professor of Nursing

Lost Voices: A Biopsychosocial Perspective on Chronic Pain


Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 at 7 p.m. | Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center Auditorium

Pain is a universal human experience. Most of us experience pain after injury that resolves as we heal. But what happens when that pain persists? Chronic pain is a significant health problem in the U.S. today. More Americans are affected by chronic pain than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. It is also responsible for an approximate $635 billion economic health burden annually. Yet despite significant scientific discoveries in neurobiology, chronic pain continues to be poorly understood and inadequately addressed, leaving those experiencing chronic pain feeling marginalized and silenced. What is chronic pain? Can thoughts, emotions, and behaviors really influence pain? How can we challenge long-held assumptions about chronic pain and approaches to treatment?


2018-2019
Kari Firestone, Professor of Nursing

2017-2018
Pedrito Maynard-Reid, Professor of Theology

2016-2017
Paul Dybdahl, Professor of Theology

2015-2016
Kellie Bond, Associate Professor of English

2014-2015
Linda Emmerson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

2013-2014
David Bullock, Professor of Communication

2012-2013
Karen Tetz, Professor of Nursing

2011-2012
Joseph G. Galusha Jr., Professor of Biology

2010-2011
Pamela Keele Cress, Professor of Social Work and Sociology

2009-2010
Thomas M. Thompson, Professor of Mathematics

2008-2009
Gregory D. Dodds, Associate Professor of History

2007-2008
Bruce C. Johanson. Professor of Biblical Studies

2006-2007
Jon A. Cole, Professor of Engineering

2005-2006
Beverly G. Beem, Professor of English

2004-2005
James R. Nestler, Professor of Biology

2003-2004
Alden L. Thompson, Professor of Biblical Studies

2002-2003
Kraig S. M. Scott, Associate Professor of Music

2001-2002
Douglas R. Clark, Professor of OT and Archaeology

2000-2001
Rodney Heisler, Professor of Engineering

1999-2000
C. Loren Dickinson, Professor of Communication

1998-1999
Roland R. Blaich, Professor of History

1997-1998
 Verlie Y. F. Ward, Professor of Education

1996-1997
Thomas J. Emmerson, Professor of Art

1995-1996
Claude C. Barnett, Professor of Physics

1994-1995
Terrie Dopp Aamodt, Professor of English and History

1993-1994
Ernie J. Bursey, Professor of Biblical Studies

Last update on November 29, 2018