Diana Wilkie, PhD, RN, FAAN
Prairieview Trust-Earl and Margo Powers Endowed Professor
Diana Wilkie, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, comes to UF from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she served as professor and Harriet J. Werley Endowed Chair for Nursing Research. She joined UF in 2015.
Wilkie, a member of the Institute of Medicine, has devoted her research program to management of cancer pain and to end-of-life issues. She has been continuously funded since 1986 from numerous organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — totaling more than $37 million.
Her clinical work with cancer patients led to the development of a computer-based pain report system that allows a patient to describe his or her pain and generates a report for the clinician with suggestions for appropriate interventions. Hired as part of an effort to fuel continued expansion of one of the state’s largest, most comprehensive cancer programs staffed by some of the nation’s top oncology experts, Wilkie will be leading efforts to establish a Center of Excellence in Palliative Care Research housed within the College of Nursing.
Currently, Wilkie is conducting a randomized clinical trial testing the effects of computerized pain tools on pain control for cancer patients receiving hospice care, a study focused on advanced care planning for African Americans with dementia, and two studies focused on improving outcomes for adults with sickle cell disease. The long-term goal of her research is to help clinicians effectively combine pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic therapies for management of acute, chronic and cancer pain.
Wilkie is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and served for five years as an American Cancer Society professor of oncology nursing. She has authored or co-authored more than 154 scholarly publications and serves as a reviewer on a number of journals, including the Journal of Palliative Medicine, Cancer Nursing and the Journal of Pain