College of Nursing

Martin Schiavenato

Martin Schiavenato

Associate Professor
Martin Schiavenato
Associate Professor
(509) 324-7239
(509) 324-7341
WSU College of Nursing
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495

Martin Schiavenato earned his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from Florida State University, and a PhD in Nursing with a concentration in Innovative Technologies from the University of Central Florida.  He is an alumnus of the Pain in Child Health training program from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and he is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar alumnus.  Dr. Schiavenato has served on faculty at the University of Rochester and at the University of Miami.  He is an Associate Professor at WSU College of Nursing, and Providence Scholar in Residence at Providence Health and Services. His work centers on the development of tools and methods to measure pain in vulnerable populations, especially newborn infants and pre-school children.  Additionally, he is focused on the translation and utilization of science and evidence to improve care at the bedside.  His lab collaborates with clinicians and researchers from varied backgrounds including nurses, physicians, engineers and psychologists. 

» WSU Researchers Hope to Track Preemie Pain
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» A Day in the Life: Martin (Nurse Scientist and Nurse Educator) 



  • PhD in Nursing: Innovative Technology, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
  • MS Sociology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • BSN, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • BS Sociology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL


Pediatrics, pain,  pain assessment, evidence based practice, facial expression.


informatics, innovation pediatrics, pain, palliative, research.


  • American Pain Society
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
  • International Association for the Study of Pain
  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.


  • Top 25 Nursing Professors in Florida,, 2013
  • March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award: Critical Care/Surgical Services, 2012
  • First Place, Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition.  Supervising student entry with Laurel Carney PhD, 2011
  • Third Place, Mark Ain Business Model Competition, University of Rochester Supervising student entry with Laurel Carney PhD, 2011
  • Academy of Medicine Nursing Award, Rochester Academy of Medicine, 2010
  • Nurse Faculty Scholar. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2009-2012
  • Promising New Investigator Award.  University of Rochester School of Nursing, 2009
  • Mayday Fellow, International Trainee in the Pain in Child Health, PICH, Training Initiative, from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), 2007, 2008
  • Book of the Year Award, American Journal of Nursing. Editor of The Art of Becoming a Nurse Healer by Beverly Hall PhD, RN, FAAN, 2005
  • Graduate Merit Fellowship, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, 2004


Schiavenato, M., Alvarez O. (2013). Pain assessment during a vaso-occlusive crisis in the pediatric and adolescent patient: Rethinking practice. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, doi:1043454213494014, July 12.

Schiavenato, M., Antos SA, Bell FA, Freedman BR, Kozak AJ, Kroot TB, Lam EH, Ross KE, Sternfield BA, Carney LH. (2013). Development of a scale for estimating procedural distress in the newborn intensive care unit: The Procedural Load Index. Early Human Development, doi:pii: S0378-3782(13)00093-5. 10.

Schiavenato, M., von Baeyer, C.L. (2012). A quantitative examination of extreme facial pain expression in neonates: the Primal Face of Pain Across Time. Pain Research and Treatment, 2012, 7 pages.

Schiavenato, M., Thiel, R.G. (2012). Thermography detects subclinical inflammation in chronic tophaceous gout.  The Journal of Rheumatology,39(1), 182-183.

Schiavenato, M., Butler-O'Hara M., Scovanner P. (2011). Exploring the association of pain intensity and facial display in term newborns. Pain Research and Management, 16(1), 10-12.

Schiavenato, M., & Craig, K. D. (2010). Pain assessment as a social transaction: Beyond the "gold standard". The Clinical Journal of Pain, 26(8), 667-676.

Schiavenato, M. (2009). Reevaluating simulation in nursing education: beyond the human patient simulator. Journal of Nursing Education, 48(7), 388-394.

Schiavenato, M., Byers, J. F., Scovanner, P., McMahon, J. M., Xia, Y., Lu, N., et al. (2008). Neonatal pain facial expression: Evaluating the primal face of pain. Pain, 138(2), 460-471.

Schiavenato, M. (2008). Facial expression and pain assessment in the pediatric patient: The Primal Face of Pain.  Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 13, (2).

Schiavenato, M., Byers, J., Scovanner, P., Windyga, P., Shah, M. (2007). Is there a primal face of pain? A methodology answer. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Conference Proceedings, 2007, 3559.


Schiavenato, M. A faces pain scale for pre-schoolers?  The making of the Pre-School Pain Scale (PSPS). [Podium]. 9th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain; June 17-20, 2013; Stockholm, Sweden.

Schiavenato, M., Oliu, C., Bello, E., Bohórquez, J., & Claure, N. Development of a system for the assessment of heart rate variability in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) [Podium]. 29th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference; May 3-5, 2013; Miami, FL.

Monu, S.I., Kelly, J.J., Carney, L.H., Schiavenato, M. Automatic capture of finger splaying as a pain or distress signal in premature infants. [Poster]. 2012 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, September 13-15 2012; Washington D.C.

Schiavenato, M. Quantitative Research and How do We Quantify Pain? [Invited, Podium]. 2012 Research and Evidence Based Practice, Jackson Health System, March 16, 2012; Miami, FL.

Schiavenato, M. Procedures in the NICU infant: Is there a best time for a scheduled intervention? [Invited, Podium]. The 8th Annual Neonatal Nursing Symposium; The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, May 19, 2011; Philadelphia, PA.

Schiavenato, M. Gathering the evidence basing the practice: Behind the scenes in clinical research. [Invited, Podium] . University of Michigan School of Nursing, September 16, 2010; broadcast teleconference.

Schiavenato, M. Innovative technologies in health research: Seizing opportunity. [Invited, Podium].  Florida International University College of Nursing and Health Sciences, August 16, 2010; Miami, FL.

Schiavenato, M. Assessing pain in vulnerable populations: When they can’t tell you it hurts. [Invited, Podium]. NINR Pain Boot Camp, July 20, 2010; National Institutes of Health, Washington D.C.

Zuk, N.J., Seidman, S.H., Carney, L.H., Schiavenato, M. Pain Assessment of Neonates Using an Automated Signal Analysis Device. [Poster]. Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Fall Scientific Meeting; October 7-10, 2009, Pittsburgh, PA.

Antos, S., Bell, F., Freedman, B., Kozak, A., Kroot, T., Ross, K., Sternfield, B., Carney, L., Schiavenato, M. Defining and Measuring Procedure Load Index Values for Premature Infants. [Poster]. Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Fall Scientific Meeting; October 7-10, 2009, Pittsburgh, PA.

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