College of Nursing

Marian Wilson

Marian Wilson

Assistant Professor
Marian Wilson
Assistant Professor
(509) 324-7443
(509) 324-7341
WSU College of Nursing
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495

Dr. Wilson completed her Ph.D. in Nursing at the Washington State University College of Nursing in Spokane under the guidance of Dr. John Roll within the Program of Excellence in Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment. She is board certified in Pain Management Nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center & American Society for Pain Management Nursing. She has experience as a nurse scientist leading clinical research in acute care settings and has a passion for empowering nurses through engagement with evidence-based practice and research projects. She has published research testing Internet-based self-management programs to assist patients with persistent (chronic) pain and depressive symptoms. Her current focus is on how opioid use and addiction can be addressed within persistent pain populations with a focus on adoption of non-pharmacologic strategies and improving sleep.


  • PhD in Nursing, Washington State University College of Nursing, Spokane, WA
  • Masters in Public Health, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  • Associates in Nursing, Gloucester County College, Sewell, NJ
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN


Pain, sleep, self-management of chronic conditions, online interventions, evidence-based nursing practice.



Pain, symptom self-management,palliative care, oncology, mental health, web-based interventions, compassion satisfaction/compassion fatigue, nurse engagement in multi-discipline research.


  • American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN), 2010-present
  • Institute of Translational Health Sciences, 2011-present
  • Review Board, Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 2007-present
  • Review Board, Pain Management Nursing, Official Journal of the ASPMN, 2012-present
  • American Nurses Association, 2014-present
  • National League for Nursing, 2012-present
  • American Pain Society, 2014-present
  • Sigma Theta Tau Delta Chi Chapter-at-large, Board member/Director, 2015-present


  • Excellence in Nursing Research Award Sigma Theta Tau Delta Chi Chapter-at-Large, 2016
  • Induction into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, 2009
  • Kootenai Health Nurse of the Year (advanced practice category), 2009


Wilson, M., Hewes, C., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Mason, M., Wuestney, K. A., Shuen, J. A., Wilson, M. P. (2017, in press). Engaging adults with chronic disease in online depressive symptom self-management. Western Journal of Nursing Research.

Günüşen, N. P., Wilson, M., Aksoy, B. (2017, in press). Secondary traumatic stress and burnout among Muslim nurses caring for chronically ill children in a Turkish hospital. Journal of Transcultural Nursing.

Wilson, M., Shaw, M. (2017). “Focus on the good:” Participant perspectives after engaging in an online pain self-management program. Published conference proceedings of 50th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. doi:

Wilson, M., Gettel, V., Walsh, J. Esquenazi, S. (in press, 2016). Caring compassionately for hospitalized patients: Can nurse-delivered massage address compassion fatigue? International Journal for Human Caring, 20(3).

Sleutel, M., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Wilson, M. (2015). Psychometric testing of the Healthcare Evidence-based Practice Assessment Tool (HEAT). Journal of Nursing Measurement, 23(3), 485-498.

Wilson, M., Roll, J., Corbett, C., Barbosa-Leiker, C. (2015). Empowering patients with persistent pain using an Internet-based self-management program. Pain Management Nursing, 16(4), 503-14. doi:10.1016/j.pmn.2014.09.009

Wilson, M., Ice, S., Nakashima, C., Cox, L.A., Morse, E., Philip, G., Vuong, E. (2015). Striving for evidence-based practice innovations through a hybrid model journal club. Nurse Education Today, 35(5), 657-662. Advance online publication February 21, 2015. doi: 10.1016/ j.nedt. 2015.01.026

Wilson, M., Sleutel, M., Newcomb, P., Walsh, J., Behan, D., Wells, J., Baldwin, K. (2015). Empowering nurses with evidence-based practice environments: Surveying Magnet, Pathway to Excellence, and non-Magnet facilities in one health care system. Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing, 12(1), 12-21. Advance online publication January 16, 2015. doi:10.1111/wvn.12077

Thompson, A., Wilson, M., James, T., Symbal, J., Izumi, S. (2013). Feasibility study to implement nurse-delivered massage for pain management. Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing, 15(7), 403-409.

Wilson, M., Roll, J., Pritchard, P., Masterson, B., Howell, D., Barbosa-Leiker, C. (2013). Depression and pain interference among emergency department chronic pain patients. Journal of Emergency Nursing. Advance online publication April 26, 2013.

Smart, D., English, A., James, J., Wilson, M., Daratha, K., Childers, B., Magera, C. (2013). Factors associated with compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction among healthcare workers. Nursing and Health Sciences. Advance online publication May 13, 2013.

Masterson, B., Wilson, M. (2012). Pain care management in the Emergency Department: A retrospective review to examine one program’s effectiveness. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 38(5), 429-434.

Wilson, M. (2011). Integrating the concept of pain interference into pain management. Pain Management Nursing. Advance online publication November 9, 2011. doi:10.1016/j.pmn. 2011.06.004


updated 2/16/17

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