Alex Clark, RN, PhD, FCAHS

Associate Vice-President (Research), Vice-President Research Innovation


Associate Vice-President (Research), Vice-President Research Innovation
(780) 492-2918
2-51 South Academic Building
11328 - 89 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2J7



Journal Editorships


  • PhD, Glasgow Caledonian University, Dept of Nursing and Community Health (2000)
  • BA (Hons) with First Class Honours, Glasgow Caledonian University, Dept of Nursing and Community Health (1996)
  • RN, UK (1995)


  • 2018 - 2021 Honorary Professor, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • 2016-2019 Honorary Professor, University of Sydney
  • 2013-2016 Honorary Professor, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne
  • 2012-2015 Honorary Professorial Fellow, Cardiovascular Division, The George Institute for Global Health 
  • 2011-2016 Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta
  • 2011-2016 Visiting Professor, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin


  • 2013-2015 Vice President International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing (INDEN)
  • 2014 Distinguished Scholar International Institute for Qualitative Methodology
  • 2014 Fellow Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
  • 2011 Top 40 Under 40 Edmonton


What can we do to better help people with heart disease live longer and better lives? Dr. Clark’s research focuses on psychosocial, behavioural, and health service aspects of Coronary Heart Disease, including: heart failure/ acute coronary syndromes. He uses a variety of qualitative / quantitative research and systematic review methods and complexity / critical realist theory to understand, explain and improve health outcomes. He also writes frequently on academic skills development. mentorship, and workplace effectiveness.

His main areas of interest are: chronic disease management, secondary prevention/ cardiac rehabilitation, self-care and complex interventions. He holds scientific leadership positions with CIHR and Heart & Stroke Foundation Canada and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

In 2011, he was recognized as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader: Young Scientist.

As a lead and senior authors, his research has been published in some of the world's most influential journals, including: the British Medical Journal, American Heart Journal, the Lancet, Heart, Social Science & Medicine and Journal of Advanced Nursing.

He writes on various aspects of academic workplace effectiveness, including contributions to the Guardian, Times Higher Education Supplement, Journal of Advanced Nursing, and Journal of Interprofessional Care.

Scholarly Activities

Research - International Institute for Qualitative Methodology Advisory Board Chair

The IIQM Advisory Board is made up of experienced qualitative researchers who provide counsel regarding the Institute’s strategic plan, including its vision, mission, values, and goals. A number of sub-committees, consisting of board members and IIQM Scholars support specialized segments of the Institute’s programs.

International Institute for Qualitative Methodology


Academics: you're going to fail, so learn how to do it better
Author(s): Clark AM, Sousa BJ
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: The Guardian
Volume: Nov
Issue: 3
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The gift of failure: Learning to provide better cardiac care
Author(s): Clark AM
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: HEART
Volume: 100
Issue: 16
Page Numbers: 1221-1222

Effect of patient education in the management of coronary heart disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
Author(s): Brown JPR, Clark AM, Dalal H, Welch K, Taylor RS
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
Volume: 20
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 701-714

What are the components of complex interventions in healthcare? Theorizing approaches to parts, powers and the whole intervention.
Author(s): Clark AM
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Social Science & Medicine 93(09)
Volume: 93
Issue: 9
Page Numbers: 185-193

What football teaches us about researching complex health interventions
Author(s): Clark AM, Briffa TG, Thirsk L, Neubeck L, Redfern J
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: BMJ
Volume: 345
Page Numbers: e8316