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Kathleen Knafl PhD, FAANKathleen Knafl is the Elizabeth N. Gray Distinguished Professor and Senior Associate Dean for
Research and Faculty Affairs at the Oregon Health and Science University. Her research focuses
on family management of childhood chronic illness, and she has completed a series of studies
describing distinct patterns of family response to the challenges presented by a child's chronic
illness that have been funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Knafl is widely published and is recognized as an expert in family and qualitative research. She serves as a consultant to the National Institutes of Health and to universities and researchers. She is on the editorial board of Research in Nursing and Health, Nursing Outlook, and Journal of Family Nursing. In 2000 she was inducted as an honorary fellow into the American Academy of Nursing.