Headshot photo of Kari A. Firestone, Ph.D., R.N., APRN-C.N.S.<span class="profile__pronouns"> (she/her/hers)</span>

Kari A. Firestone, Ph.D., R.N., APRN-C.N.S. (she/her/hers)

  • Associate Professor, School of Nursing
  • Program Director, Interprofessional Care Access Network (I-CAN), School of Nursing

Education and training

    • B.S., 1994, Walla Walla University
    • M.S.N., 2006, Loma Linda University
    • Ph.D., 2016, Oregon Health & Science University

Memberships and associations:

  • Sigma Theta Tau

Areas of interest

  • Public/Community Health
  • Leadership
  • Chronic Pain

Honors and awards

  • Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, 2019, Walla Walla University
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Advising, 2018, Walla Walla University
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship, 2017, Walla Walla University
  • LEAD Program, 2017-2018, National League of Nursing (NLN) Leadership Institute in the Center for Transformative Leadership, Washington D.C.
  • Jonas Scholar, 2014-2016, Jonas Center for Nursing & Veterans Healthcare
  • Corrine Barnes Research Award, 2014, Society of Pediatric Nurses
  • Deans Award for Doctoral Dissertation, 2014, Oregon Health & Sciences University, School of Nursing


Selected publications

  • Firestone, K.A. (2016). Optimizing pain management and functional ability in the adolescent with chronic pain. Dissertation Digital Commons. doi: 10.6083/M40R9NHD.
  • Firestone, K.A., Jones, K.D., & Wilson, A. (2015). Functional disability in adolescents is predicted by self-report of sleep problems, depressive symptoms, low physical activity and worst pain intensity levels [Abstract]. Arthritis & Rheumatology, 67, 3921.
  • Firestone, K.A., Carson, J.W., Mist, S.D., Carson, K.M., & Jones, K.D. (2014). Interest in yoga among fibromyalgia patients: an international internet survey. International Journal of Yoga Therapy.
  • Firestone, K.A., & Jones, K.D. (2013). Review of yoga therapy for chronic pain in adolescents. The Journal of Pain, 14(4), S91.
  • Mist, S.D., Firestone, K.A., & Jones, K.D. (2013). Complementary and alternative exercise for fibromyalgia: a meta-analysis. Journal of Pain Research, 6, 247-260. PMID:23569397.
  • Firestone, K.A., Holton, K.F., Mist, S.D., Wright, C.S. & Jones, K.D. (2012). Optimizing fibromyalgia management. The Nurse Practitioner. 37(4):12-21. PMID: 22581278.


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