In my research program, I investigate how gender and social inequities affect cancer and palliative care outcomes in populations with advanced cancer, and the development of interventions to improve the overall experiences of those affected by social inequities. Study populations include persons with advanced cancer living with social disparities, their significant ones, members of communities affected by global disparities, and oncology and palliative care providers. I follow a combination of research methodologies including interpretive inquiry, intersectionality, and critical and emancipatory approaches. Please see scholarly activity tab for current research.
Selected core values of my teaching philosophy
Selected courses taught
NURS 513 Qualitative Research
NURS 610 Contemporary Views of Nursing Science
NURS 399 Selected Topics in Nursing Research (BScN Honors students)
NURS 498 Global Citizenship in Health
This course will provide opportunities for students to develop a deeper, more situated, understanding of the guiding principles that underpin equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the global context. In line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the students will recognize the key issues related to EDI in global health including global citizenship, a sense of social justice; environmental, social, economic and political global challenges; agency; intersectionality (ethnicity, gender, patriarchy, power relationships) and an appreciation for cultural diversity. Prerequisites: All courses in the program except NURS 422, NURS 425 and NURS 485. Corequisites NURS 422 and 425, SC INF 425 and PHILE 386.
Preparation and presentation of a nursing scholarly project. Prerequisites: NURS 399 and consent of the Faculty.
Develop critical thinking skills through exposure to approaches to knowledge and knowledge production in diverse disciplines and cultures, including Indigenous ways of knowing. Emphasis is placed on issues of inequality, inclusion, and power in knowledge production, and systematic scholarly analyses of everyday nursing experiences.
This award recognizes achievements in oncology nursing research including research with a demonstrated practical application, sharing research findings with oncology nursing, and promoting the development of ressearch-based nursing practice.
20190103 to 20200430
Funded by the University of Alberta Killam Research Operating Grant, the purpose of this study is to examine the need for early palliative care for populations with social inequities and build a collaborative relationship with health care providers, community members, and academics to promote early palliative care. This study relates to a research project underway in Canada that explores the views of Canadian oncology and palliative care providers regarding early palliative care for socioeconomically vulnerable groups. The study in Alagoas, Brazil and the resulting collaboration together with our research in Canada will help us prepare a new multi-centric study to promote early palliative care for these groups.
20181201 to 20201130
Funded by a CIHR Planning Grant, the purpose of this study is to consult with oncology and palliative care providers in Edmonton regarding the need for and components of an early palliative care intervention for people who suffer from advanced cancer and socioeconomic inequities.
20170901 to 20200331
Funded by the MSI Foundation, the overall research purpose of this study is first, to investigate the symptom relief and palliative care experiences, needs, and preferences of inner city residents with a life-threatening illness, and second, to examine if an inner city palliative care intervention can improve their symptom relief and palliative care experience and meet end-of-life needs. This study is a collaborative undertaking with the Palliative Care Outreach and Advocacy Team (PCOAT), a newly established palliative care program at the Indigenous Wellness Clinic to serve persons experiencing homelessness and vulnerably housed in need of palliative care in Edmonton and surrounding areas.