Anita Molzahn, CM, PhD, FCAHS

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Faculty of Nursing


Area of Study / Keywords

Quality of Life; Chronic Illness; Nursing


Dr. Molzahn served as Dean in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2017. She completed her MN and PhD (Sociology) at the University of Alberta. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and a Member of the Order of Canada.  


Dr. Molzahn's clinical practice interests relate to nephrology nursing and transplantation. Her research focuses on quality of life, particularly in relation to chronic illness. Her interest in quality of life has led to studies relating to organ donation and studies that include quality of life measurement as an outcome. Dr. Molzahn is the Canadian principal investigator in the WHOQOL Group, an international research group working with WHO on the development and testing of a series of instruments to measure quality of life, including the WHOQOL-100, WHOQOL-BREF, and WHOQOL-OLD. She has been involved in a number of evaluations that include measurement of quality of life as an outcome. She has recently completed research involving narrative inquiry with people with life-threatening illnesses (see and a recently funded study (by CIHR) of people with life limiting illness and their family members.

Featured Publications

Molzahn, A.E., Sheilds, L., Bruce, A, Schick-Makaroff, K, Antonio, M. & Clark, A.M.

European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.. 2020 April;

Bruce, A., Beuthin, R., Schick-Makaroff, K., Sheilds, L., & Molzahn, A.E.

Qualitative Health Research. 2019 November; 30 (5):655-665

Living with CKD: Illness perceptions, symptoms, coping and quality of life.

Kalfoss, M., Schick-Makaroff, K., & Molzahn, A.E.

Nephrology Nursing Journal. 2019 March; 46 (3):277-290

Living with dying: A narrative inquiry of people with chronic kidney disease and their family members.

Molzahn A.E., Sheilds L., Bruce A., Schick-Makaroff K., Antonio M., & White L.

Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2018 August;

Schick-Makaroff, K.L., Tate, K., & Molzahn, A.E.

Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease. 2018 June; 6

Examining the transition from child to adult care in chronic kidney disease: An open exploratory approach.

Nicholas, D., Kaufman, M., Pinsk, M., Samuel, S., Hamiwka, L, & Molzahn, A.E.

Nephrology Nursing Journal. 2018 June; 45 (6):553-559

Molzahn AE, Schick-Makaroff K

In S.Bodin (Ed.), Contemporary nephrology nursing. 2017 January; (3rd ed.) ((book chapter))

Thompson S, Klarenbach S, Haykowsky M, Molzahn AE, Tonelli M

Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2016 January; 11 (6):1024-33

Bruce A, Beuthin R, Sheilds L, Molzahn AE, Schick Makaroff K

International Journal of Qualitative Methodology. 2016 January; 15 (1)

Rosenthal, M., Molzahn, A., Chan, C.T., Cockfield, S., Kim, J., & Pauly RP

BMJ Open. 2016 January; 6 (5):e011951

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