Catherine Vincent, PhD, RN

  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

The long-term goal of Dr. Vincent’s research program is to increase children’s pain relief by discovering what prevents nurses and parents from providing children with adequate pain medication and then developing and testing interventions aimed to increase children’s pain relief. In prior research, she examined relationships of nurses' knowledge, attitudes, analgesic administration practices, and levels of children's pain. She studied how nurses cognitively represent children's pain and how these representations may influence behavior. Building on her prior research, she has developed Relieve Children’s Pain (RCP), an Internet-based multimedia educational intervention for nurses addressing the validity of pain intensity measurement and analgesic use.

Current Area of Teaching

Dr. Vincent is a faculty member in the graduate Pediatric/Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist Program. She teaches NURS 515 EBP 1 and NURS 571 Theory and Theory Development for Nursing Research. During her 20-year faculty career, prior to her arrival at UIC, she taught nursing care of children and adolescents for undergraduate nursing students and pediatric pathophysiology and health assessment for graduate students.

Selected Honors & Awards
  • 2014 Nurse Educator Fellow, Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • 2013 Sage Award for mentoring and supporting the leadership of today, Power of Nursing Leadership College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • 2011 Reviewer Award, Research in Nursing and Health
  • 2010 Nursing Recognition Award in Research, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Alpha Lambda Chapter
  • 2009 Pinnacle Award for Exceptional Nurse Leaders, Power of Nursing Leadership College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • 2007-2009 Irving Harris Faculty Scholar, Department of Women, Children, and Family Health Science, College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • 2006 Citation Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society
Selected Publications
  • Chin, E., Vincent, C., McFarlin, B., & Wilkie, D. (In review). The symptom experience of postpartum pain after cesarean birth
  • Koplow, S. M., Gallo, A. M., Knafl, K., Vincent, C., & Paun, O. (In review). Family Caregivers Define and Manage Nursing Home Placement
  • LaFond, C. M., Vincent, C. V., Lee, S., Corte, C., Hershberger, P.E., Johnson, A., Park, C. G., & Wilkie, D. J. (In review). Development and Validation of a Virtual Human Vignette to Compare Nurses’ Assessment and Intervention Choices for Pain in Critically Ill Children. Simulation in Healthcare.
  • Twycross, A., Voepel-Lewis, T., Vincent, C., von Baeyer, C. L., & Franck, L. S. (In review). A Debate on the Proposition that Self-Report is the Gold Standard in Pediatric Pain Assessment
  • Chin, E., Vincent, C., & Wilkie, D. (In press). A comprehensive description of postpartum pain after cesarean birth. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing.
  • Obrecht, J., Van Hulle Vincent, C., & Ryan, C. (2014). Implementation of evidence-based practice for pediatric pain assessment instrument.Clinical Nurse Specialist, 28(2), 97-104.
  • Ryan, C., Choi, H., Fritschi, C., Hershberger, P., Vincent, C., Hacker, E.D., Zerwic, J., Norr, K. Park, H. J., Tastan, S., Keenan, G., Finnegan, L, Zhao, Z., & Wilkie, D. J. (2013). Challenges and Solutions for Using Informatics in Research. Western Journal of Nursing Research.
  • LaFond, C, & Van Hulle Vincent, C. (2013) Critique of the nursing education simulation framework. Journal of Advanced Nursing. Advance online publication.
  • Vincent, C., Chiappetta, M., Beach, A., Kiolbasa, C., Latta, K., Maloney, R., & Van Roeyen, L. (2012). Parents’ management of children’s pain at home after surgery. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 17, 108–120.
  • Ngamkham, S., Vincent, C., Finnegan, L., Holden, J. E., Wang, Z. J., & Wilkie, D. J. (2012). The McGill Pain Questionnaire as a multidimensional measure in people with cancer: An integrative review. Pain Management Nursing, 13, 27-51.
  • Van Hulle Vincent, C., Wilkie, D. J., & Wang, E. (2011). Nurses’ beliefs and pain management practices: An intervention pilot. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 33(6), 825-845.
  • Vincent, C. V., Wilkie, D. J., & Szchala, L. (2010).Pediatric nurses’ cognitive representations of children’s pain. Journal of Pain, 11(9), 854-863.
  • Van Hulle Vincent, C., & Gaddy, E. J. (2009). Pediatric nurses’ thinking in response to vignettes on administering analgesics. Research in Nursing and Health, 32(5), 530-539.
  • Van Hulle Vincent, C. (2007). Nurses’ perceptions of children’s pain: A pilot study of cognitive representations. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 33, 290-301.
  • Van Hulle Vincent, C. (2005). Nurses’ knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding children’s pain. MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 30, 177-183.
  • Van Hulle Vincent, C., & Denyes, M. J. (2004). Relieving children’s pain: Nurses’ abilities and analgesic practices. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 19, 40-50.