TEDx Boulder
What we lose when we undertreat pain, September 17, 2017

My Bio

Kate Nicholson is a civil rights and disability rights attorney, a nonprofit founder and executive, and a writer and speaker.

Kate recently founded the National Pain Advocacy Center, which advocates for the health and human rights of people in pain and envisions a world in which pain is treated equitably and effectively.

She previously served as an attorney and manager in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice for nearly two decades and is a nationally-recognized expert on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Currently based in Colorado, Kate consults on pain, opioid and COVID-19 policy through ADAadept, and is co-founder and President of the Denver arts non-profit, Tilt West, named “Best Think Tank for Arts and Culture" in its first year of operation.

Kate frequently writes and speaks about the equitable treatment of pain in the context of crises involving opioids and COVID-19. She is writing a memoir about her own twenty-year journey to healing after a surgical injury left her in severe pain, unable to sit or stand, extremely limited in walking, and for many years, bedridden.

Kate also writes and speaks about social justice, social healing, and arts and culture. She was a Senior Fellow at Dartmouth College and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.