Speaker Biography: Sally Thorne


2018 Helen Glass Lecture

Speaker Biography
Sally Thorne, RN, PhD, FAAN, FCAHS


Sally Thorne, RN, PhD, FAAN, FCAHS, is a Professor and former Director of the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia, where she currently holds the position of Associate Dean of Applied Science.

She has a longstanding program of substantive research in the field of patient experience and relational practice in chronic illness and cancer care in addition to developing a body of scholarship in the philosophy of science, the nature of evidence, and applied qualitative methodology.

She is author of four books, including a popular qualitative research text on Interpretive Description that integrates a nursing angle of vision into qualitative design logic. She has an extensive record of peer reviewed journal publications and has presented her work internationally as invited scholar, keynote lecturer and distinguished professor.

Since 2011, she has served as Editor-in-Chief of the scholarly journal Nursing Inquiry. In addition, she is an Associate Editor for Qualitative Health Research and serves on several other editorial boards for nursing journals. 

Sally has also served terms as Board Director for numerous organizations, including the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and the Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia.

An established Canadian academic nursing leader, Sally has an extensive record of engagement in the development of nursing education and research nationally and internationally and is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.


Helen Glass Lecture:
Lecture Venue:
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Event Sponsor:
Dr. Helen Glass
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