Gail Low, RN, BSN, MA (Gerontology), PhD (Human and Social Development)

Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing


Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing
4-293 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 1C9




  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Alberta (2009-2011)
  • PhD (Nursing) University of Victoria (2006)
  • MA (Gerontology), Simon Fraser University (2000)

Currently, I serve as a reviewer for a number of international journals including Quality of Life Research and Research in Nursing & Health, and for the International Society for Quality of Life and the Canadian Association on Gerontology. I also review grants for the Canadian Lung Association and the Canadian Thoracic Society, and the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. I am on the Canadian Journal of Nursing Research editorial board.


My program of research focuses on factors that enhance and take away from quality of life and psychological well-being at midlife and in older age. I also test measurement instruments and analyze large data sets pertaining to quality of life, psychological well-being, and physically and mentally adapting to aging. I have worked with a number of international students and scholars on projects related to spirituality and religion, living with chronic respiratory disease and stroke, and intimate relationships in older age. 

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Research Methods


  1. Ageism. Discussion seminar. South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA). October 2019. Edmonton.
  2. Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging Living Reference now available. 


NURS 124 - Foundations of Nursing I

The course explores the meanings of health and healing. It highlights the diversity of beliefs, values, and perceptions of health. The course introduces the Canadian Health Care System, conceptual frameworks of health promotion, determinants of health, disease and injury prevention, and primary health care. The focus is on the nurse/client relationship in a relational practice context. Note: Available only to nursing students in the Collaborative Program. Prerequisites: MMI 133, NURS 106 (or NURS 140 and 150), and NURS 120 (or NURS 103). Corequisite: NURS 125 (or NURS 105). Students must achieve a minimum grade of C+ in order to progress in the program. Credit may be obtained for only one of NURS 124 or 103.

Winter Term 2022
NURS 211 - Statistics and Knowledge Management

An introduction to reading, understanding and interpreting commonly used statistics in published health sciences research. The course provides a hands-on approach to understanding measurement, sampling, and statistical analysis techniques commonly used in health care research. It introduces the concepts of information literacy, health data and big data in electronic datasets and the statistical techniques used to interpret these data in meaningful ways. Credit may be obtained for only one of NURS 211 or 341.

Fall Term 2021
NURS 425 - Nursing Leadership in a Focus Area

This leadership experience provides opportunity to consolidate prior learning and develop confidence and competence as students prepare to transition to the role of the Registered Nurse. The focus is on collaboration with interprofessional teams, systems thinking, and healthcare system change. Students evaluate the influence of evidence, policy and legislation on decision-making in complex health systems using a relational practice lens. Students demonstrate and enhance their own relational capacity as leaders and innovators for 21st Century Canadian healthcare. Fieldwork includes 300 clinical hours total. Prerequisites: All courses in the program except NURS 422 and NURS 485. Corequisite: NURS 422.

Winter Term 2022
NURS 682 - Statistics for Causal Analysis in Health Research

This course presents foundational statistical tools for the analysis of social, behavioral, and health data. The focus will be on using these tools to overcome the challenges of inferring causality from observational data. This course requires advanced standing and builds upon the quantitative research design and statistics content from the graduate program in nursing or another health science. Students will refine skills with statistical software (SPSS). Learning will be reinforced through data analysis assignments.

Fall Term 2021

Browse more courses taught by Gail Low


Assessing the BRIEF Spiritual and Religious Coping Scale among older Brazilians
Author(s): Luciano Vitorino, Gail Low, Lucilla Vianna
Publication: Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging
Volume: 30
Page Numbers: 354-370

Aging in Place
Author(s): Gail Low, Sofia von Humboldt, Mary Kalfoss, Isabel Leal, Donna Wilson
Publication: Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

Identity processes among older Norwegians living in urban and rural areas.
Author(s): Kalfoss, M., Low, G. & Halvorsrud, L.
Publication: Western Journal of Nursing Research
Volume: 40
Page Numbers: 701-724

Quality of life perceptions of family caregivers of older adult stroke survivors: A longitudinal study
Author(s): Carla Bierhals, Gail Low, Lisianne Paskulin
Publication: Applied Nursing Research
Volume: 47
Page Numbers: 57-62

Where are we now in relation to determining the prevalence of ageism in this era of escalating population ageing?
Author(s): Donna Wilson, Begonia Errasti-Ibarrondo, Gail Low
Publication: Ageing Research Reviews
Volume: 51
Page Numbers: 78-84