Kara Pavone is a Hillman Scholar in Nursing Innovation, an integrated BSN-to-Ph.D. program committed to educating young nurse scientists and leaders to go on and develop original solutions in healthcare. Kara completed her BSN in 2016 and is currently a full time Ph.D. student. The primary focus of Kara’s research is to understand the relationship between pain and the development of delirium following surgery.
Kara is from Averill Park, NY and graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in 2009, with a degree in Behavioral Neuroscience. Passionate about volunteerism, Kara founded Northeastern University’s first chapter of the international non-profit organization Best Buddies and served as the Chapter President for three years. Upon graduation, Kara went on to pursue two years of service with AmeriCorps, culminating over 3,500 hours of community service and becoming the recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award and The Congressional Award.
In 2011, Kara joined the Neuroscience Statistics Research Laboratory at the Massachusetts General Hospital, in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine. Kara has had the opportunity to observe and conduct research in the operating room, the post-anesthesia care unit, and the intensive care unit. Her work has led to co-authorship on more than 15 publications, including 2 first authored publications.