College of Nursing - Members of the Faculty of Graduate Studies
 Name  Research Interests/Areas

 Christine Ateah, RN, PhD

Child and family health promotion, parenting, parent education, use of physical punishment by caregivers and prevention of child abuse, and interprofessional education. Doctoral research consisted of an examination of the determinants of maternal use of physical punishment and the implications for the prevention of child physical abuse.

Lynda Balneaves, RN, PhD Psychosocial Oncology; Treatment Decision Making; Complementary and Integrative Health Care; Knowledge Translation; Medical and Non-Medical Cannabis; Mixed Methods

 Wanda Chernomas, RN, PhD

Women living with serious mental illness; Social support; Complex trauma responses and trauma-informed care; Transition of new graduates into the profession

 Diana Clarke, RN, PhD

Mental health, Research methods, Emergency mental health care, and mental health care systems

 Benita Cohen, RH, PhD   

Social determinants of health and health inequities; promoting the health of socially excluded/marginalized populations; social justice/equity issues in Public Health policy and practice; Public Health systems capacity for health equity action. Health equity impact assessment.

 Ruth Dean, RN, PhD

Palliative care, bereavement support, cross-cultural nursing, international health, nursing ethics

 Cheryl Dika, RN, MN, NP

NP primary care, rural/remote nursing, Women's Health, Prenatal and Postpartum Health, Pediatrics Primary Care

 Marie Edwards, RN, PhD

The work of nurses, conflict related to treatment decisions, the role of the nurse as a member of the inter-disciplinary team, knowing the patient, advance care planning, moral distress, ethical issues in clinical practice, and research ethics.

 Joe Gordon, PhD Pharmacology, pathophysiology, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, problem-based learning, web-based resources and open-source software in post-secondary education

 Lorna Guse, RN, PhD

Quality of life in personal care homes; research ethics; student engagement in the classroom; healthy learning environments.

 Tom Hack, BComm, BSc, MA, PhD    

Psychosocial Oncology; Patient-Health Provider Communication; Psychosocial Oncology; Psychosocial Adjustment to Illness; Research Methods; Statistics

 Nicole Harder, RN, MPA, PhD

Ethnography, appreciative inquiry, simulation in nursing education, nursing education theory, technology in nursing education, teaching in lab settings, communication for patient safety.

 Maureen Heaman, RN, PhD

Maternal health; perinatal epidemiology; prenatal care; pregnancy outcomes; perception of pregnancy risk; health behaviors in pregnancy; program planning and evaluation; quantitative and qualitative research

 Laura Johnson, RN, ENP

NP and APN education, mentorship, emergency nursing.

 Sandy Kluka, RN, PhD

Transition to parenthood, breastfeeding, community health; Health promotion of expectant and young families

 Michael Limerick, RN, MN  

 Michelle Lobchuk, RN, PhD

Adult cancer patients, family caregivers, chronic illness, symptom management, treatment decision-making, empathic communication, perceptual congruence, theory-based nursing interventions, palliative care, cancer care, lung cancer

 Donna Martin, RN, PhD

Vulnerable population health, aboriginal health, women's health, child health, medical/surgical nursing practice, health education, higher education, qualitative research methods, mixed methods, decolonizing and critical methodologies, feminist theories

 Susan McClement, RN, PhD

Palliative nursing care; symptom distress; nutritional care in advanced cancer; palliative care education; dignity in terminal illness, qualitative research; ethical issues in end of life care

 Diana McMillan, RN, PhD

Sleep, sleep disturbance (especially in patients with advanced cancer, fibromyalgia, insomnia, and back pain), sleep health promotion interventions, acute and chronic pain, quality of life, coping, stress, heart rate variability.

 Jose Nava, MC, MSN, RN, FNP-C, AANP


Family Nurse Practitioner; Critical Care and Emergency Medicine; Critical Care Nursing; Clinical Pharmacology

 Jamie Penner, RN, PhD(c)


Family caregiving, palliative and end-of-life care, psychosocial oncology, intervention development, mixed methods research approaches

 Kendra Rieger, RN, PhD


Arts and health initiatives, arts-based research, arts-based pedagogy, nursing education, systematic reviews, qualitative and mixed-methods approaches, grounded theory

 Jo-Ann Sawatzky, RN, PhD

Cardiovascular health and illness trajectory; cardiac surgery outcomes; physical activity; mentorship; retention and recruitment in critical care

 Judy Scanlan, RN, PhD

Clinical teaching, nursing education, patient education, reflection, international nursing, nursing administration, qualitative research

 Annette Schultz, RN, PhD

Tobacco use and dependence treatment within the context of health care services, policy, and education; the primary intent is to enhance availability of tobacco dependence treatment. I have explored the use of Rights-based Discourse within tobacco control program and policy development. Recently, I began to integrate an equity perspective related to tobacco control issues and public health in general. Framing of my research interests tends to be through a socio-ecological lens, which means contextual, systemic, and/or organizational influences are investigated along with individual factors.
Studies within my program of research have included a variety of methodological approaches; quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods.

 Lynn Scruby, RN, PhD

Community health, health promotion, building community and organization capacity, collaboration, including low-income women with children in health and social policy, equity and social justice, vulnerable and marginalized populations, feminist theory and research, qualitative methodology, community health nurses: policy roles, women's health: rural and urban.

 Bev Temple, RN, PhD

Families with children with chronic illness; families with children with developmental disabilities; smoking and smoking cessation; health programs and outcomes; qualitative and quantitative methodologies; health promotion programs and outcomes

 Genevieve Thompson, RN, PhD

Palliative nursing care, long-term care, dementia care, health services research, family caregivers, quantitative and qualitative research.

 Christina West, RN, PhD  

 Roberta Woodgate, RN, PhD

Psychosocial-cultural issues across the illness and disability continuum in childhood, adolescence, and young adults; Understanding how children/adolescents/young adults experience illness (physical and mental illness) and disability; Supportive and palliative care in children/adolescents/young adults experiencing cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Health promotion and education in children/adolescents; Healthy child development. Intervention work to help children deal with challenging life events (includes the development of interactive technology). Ethics of child and youth health research. International child/adolescent health.