Catherine Vincent, PhD, RN
Associate Professor Emerita
Department of Human Development Nursing Science
845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612
Dr. Catherine (Kate) Vincent is an Associate Professor Emerita in the Department of Human Development Nursing Science and former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the UIC College of Nursing. She joined the faculty in the fall of 2005.
Dr. Vincent’s research addresses the problem of unrelieved children’s pain. Despite advances over the past decade in pain assessment and management, children in the hospital and at home continue to report significant levels of pain intensity. Untreated pain can negatively affect all body systems and children’s response to pain later in life. Dr. Vincent’s long-term goal for her research program is to discover what prevents nurses and parents from providing children with adequate pain medication and then developing and testing interventions aimed to increase children’s pain relief. In prior research, she examined relationships of nurses' knowledge, attitudes, analgesic administration practices, and levels of children's pain. She studied how nurses cognitively represent children's pain and how these representations could influence behavior. Building on her prior research, she has developed Relieve Children’s Pain (RCP), an Internet-based multimedia educational intervention for nurses addressing the validity of pain intensity measurement and analgesic use.