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Sharon Clark, PhD, FNP

Dr. Clark is a retired nurse practitioner and an exercise physiologist who has specialized in  the problems and benefits of exercise in fibromyalgia patients. She has worked with fibromyalgia patients since 1979 and is a Founder of the Oregon Fibromyalgia Foundation. She was  an Associate Professor of Nursing at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and has been an investigator in multiple studies funded by private corporations and non proprietary agencies, including the National Institute of Health; she has published some 61 scientific articles.  Dr. Clark developed the Adult Nurse Practitioner program at OHSU School of Nursing and taught nurse practitioner students for thirteen years.  She was the rheumatology nurse practitioner in the OHSU rheumatology clinic for 12 years and has been an active member of the OHSU fibromyalgia research team since 1980.  In 1985 Dr. Clark was awarded a National Arthritis Health Professionals’ Traineeships.  In 1991, she co-authored the development and study of the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ).  The FIQ is now translated into 11 languages and is considered the “gold standard” for measuring change in fibromylagia research. Dr. Clark is married to Prof. Robert Bennett.

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