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Jennifer Kawi


Lee and Joseph Jamail Distinguished Professor


Department of Research

Dr. Jennifer Kawi’s clinical expertise in pain management, having practiced as a board-certified family nurse practitioner, formed the foundation for her scientific inquiry. Her program of research is focused on chronic pain and various biobehavioral socioeconomic factors influencing pain including self-management, pain care disparities, opioid use, and pain interventions involving digital health care, and integrative medicine, specifically auricular point acupressure.

Dr. Kawi has received funding from NIH and other external funding sources as a primary investigator. She held various leadership and administrative positions, received numerous awards for her contributions, and has multiple publications and national/international presentations particularly in her research, teaching, and clinical roles.

Highlighted Publications:

Kawi J, et al. Exploring the Feasibility of Virtually Delivered Auricular Point Acupressure in Self-Managing Chronic Pain: Qualitative Study. Evident-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2022.

Yeh CH, Kawi J, Ni A, Christo P. Evaluating Auricular Point Acupressure for Chronic Low Back Pain Self-Management Using Technology: A Feasibility Study. Pain Management Nursing. 2022;23(3):301-310.

Kawi J, et al. Auricular Point Acupressure Smartphone Application to Manage Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: A Longitudinal, One-Group, Open Pilot Trial. Global Advances in Integrative Medicine and Health. 2021.

Kawi J, et al. Self-Efficacy and Multisite Pain Predictors among Economically Disadvantaged Women with Back Pain. Pain Management Nursing. 2020;21(4):307-313.

Serafica R, Fudolig M, Kawi J, Reyes AT, Levya EWA, Sy FS, Evangelista LS. Correlates of Psychological Distress Among Filipino Americans and Filipinos Living in Urban Areas in the United States and the Philippines. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. 2023;34(4). 


University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing; Denver, Colorado
PhD – Nursing

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Nursing; Las Vegas, Nevada
MSN – Nursing

Saint Louis University, School of Nursing; Baguio City, Philippines
BSN - Nursing

Clinical/Research Focus

Chronic pain; pain management including self-management and self-management support, opioids, integrative medicine, and digital health care; pain care disparities


See publications on National Library of Medicine website.