College of Nursing Graduate Programs: Faculty members

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.


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.


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.