Diana J. Wilkie, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., is a professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Science and the Harriet H. Werley Endowed Chair for Nursing Research in the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She also serves as director of the first NIH-funded Center of Excellence on end-of-life research.
Dr. Wilkie’s research, which focuses on pain management in people with cancer or sickle cell disease, has been continuously funded for 26 years and totals more than $28 million from a variety of sources including the NIH, HRSA, foundations, professional societies, and industry. The informatics-based pain reporting and pain management tools that she developed in oncology are now being tested in adult sickle cell disease and disseminated into practice in multiple clinical contexts.
Dr. Wilkie is nationally and internationally recognized for her contributions to knowledge development in pain management and end-of-life transitions for vulnerable populations. She led the team that developed the Toolkit for Nurturing Excellence at the End of Life, a CD ROM- and an Internet-based set of interactive, engaging teaching-learning tools. She also is well-known for innovative development and application of information technology for the transfer of scientific knowledge into clinical practice and for fostering the education and mentoring of clinical scientists in interdisciplinary and translational research. Her research has earned many awards from regional, national, and international organizations.