Kathleen Knafl, PhD, FAAN


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Office: 408
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Kathleen (Kathy) Knafl is the Frances Hill Fox Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A sociologist who has spent her entire academic career in nursing, Dr. Knafl’s research addresses family response childhood chronic conditions. With funding from three National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants, she led the development of the Family Management Style Framework, including development of a structured measure of family management (Family Management Measure – FaMM). Further information on the development, testing, and scoring of the FaMM can be found here.

Much of Dr. Knafl’s work has involved mixed-methods designs and entailed treating the family/dyad as the unit of analysis. Her current NIH grant is a mixed-methods synthesis of research on the intersection of family life and childhood chronic conditions. Drawing on data from over 1000 research reports, the study addresses the nature and efficacy of family-focused interventions and the will the relationships among parent, child, and family variables in the context of childhood chronic conditions. Dr. Knafl has served as a consultant on multiple NIH grants, most often providing guidance of data collection and analysis in family studies. She is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Family Nursing, Research in Nursing & Health, and Nursing Outlook. She is a founding member of the International Family Nursing Association.