• Jamie Penner.
  • Instructor II

    College of Nursing
    Helen Glass Centre for Nursing
    Room 489 - 89 Curry Place
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2

    Phone: 204-474-9315
    Fax: 204-474-7682

Research affiliations

  • Research affiliate, Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba
  • Research affiliate, Riverview Health Centre
  • Member of the International Palliative Care Family Carer Research Collaboration

Research groups

  • Caregivers4Change Network

Research summary

Jamie’s program of research is focused on improving the family caregiving experience and promoting the health and well-being of family caregivers who provide care for those living with a chronic progressive illness or becoming frail in the community. The aim of her work is twofold. First, she engages family caregivers and communities to i) identify strengths and gaps within the health and social systems; and ii) co-create, implement, and evaluate interprofessional/intersectoral supportive interventions with them to address family caregivers’ needs, build social capital, and strengthen their communities. Second, Jamie’s research aims to increase knowledge about a palliative approach to care and promote its uptake and application within interprofessional education and practice.


Jamie Penner is an instructor in the College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.

Her clinical experience began as a registered nurse on the Head and Neck Oncology Inpatient Unit at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. Following her Master of Nursing degree she worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Head & Neck Oncology at CancerCare Manitoba supporting patients and families across inpatient, outpatient, and community settings.

During her doctoral studies, Jamie held a research fellowship in the Psychosocial Oncology Research Training program through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research. Her doctoral work focused on the development and pilot randomized controlled trial of a home-based physical activity intervention as one means with which to promote the health of family caregivers of people with advanced cancer. Jamie has expertise in intervention development and evaluation and mixed methods research. Her work has been funded by various sources including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Manitoba Medical Services Foundation, and she has presented and published her research at the local, national, and international levels. 

Jamie teaches an undergraduate nursing course in Supportive and Palliative Care as well as the novel interdisciplinary undergraduate course in Family Caregiving Across the Lifespan that she co-developed. She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee for Caregiving with Confidence and serves as the Co-Chair for the Palliative Manitoba Conference Committee.

Jamie is passionate about working with family caregivers as essential partners in care and research to improve the caregiving experience and promote caregivers' own health and wellbeing. She welcomes students with an interest in family caregiving, health promotion, chronic progressive illness and/or aging, community engagement, intervention development, and palliative and end-of-life care.


  • PhD, McGill University, in progress
  • Master of Nursing, University of Manitoba (2009)
  • Bachelor of Nursing, University of Manitoba (2002)
  • Bachelor of Physical Education, University of Manitoba (1997)


  • First Prize for the Trainee Poster Awards at the 21st International Congress on Palliative Care (2016)

  • Psychosocial Oncology Research Training (PORT) Fellowship award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research (2010-2015)

  • Levesque Doctoral Scholarship from Jewish General Hospital Hope & Cope (2015, 2014, 2011, 2010)

  • Graduate Excellence Award from McGill University (2015-2013)

  • McGill University Travel Award for the 14th World Congress of the European Association of Palliative Care (2015)

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Fellowship (2013-2012)

  • Quebec Interuniversity Nursing Intervention Research Group Doctoral Fellowship (2011-2010)

  • Maysie MacSporran Graduate Studentship (2010)

  • McGill University Faculty of Medicine Internal Studentship Award (2010)

  • Principal’s Graduate Fellowship from McGill University (2010, 2009)

  • Doctoral Fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)/National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) Strategic Training Program in Palliative Care Cancer Research (2009)

  • Max Stern Recruitment Fellowship from McGill University (2009)

  • Provost’s Graduate Fellowship from McGill University (2009)

Contact us

College of Nursing
Helen Glass Centre for Nursing
89 Curry Place
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus) 
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada