Stephanie Chamberlain

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing

Pronouns: she, her, hers


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing


Area of Study / Keywords

Gerontology Health Services Research Loneliness Continuing Care


I am a gerontologist and health services researcher who is passionate about improving the care provided to older adults in congregate settings. My interest in older adults and continuing care began while working as a personal support in long-term care. I completed my postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of family Medicine at the University of Alberta where I examined the prevalence and health service use of lonely older adults in supportive living settings. I received my PhD from the Faculty of Nursing where I studied the characteristics and unmet needs of unbefriended long-term care residents.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (2019-2022), Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
  • PhD in Nursing (2014-2019), Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Masters in Family Studies and Gerontology (2012-2014), Department of Family Studies and Gerontology, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Bachelors in Health Science, Minor in Gerontology (2008-2012), Faculty of Health Science, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario

Select Training Awards

  • CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship (2020-2022)
  • Alzheimer Society of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship (2019-2020)
  • Alzheimer Society of Canada Doctoral Fellowship (2016-2019)


Selected Publications (for up to date publications, see Google Scholar)

Chamberlain, S. A., Savage, R., Bronskill, S. E., Griffith, L. E., Rochon, P., Batara, J., Gruneir, A. (2022). Examining the association between loneliness and emergency department visits using Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging (CLSA) data: a retrospective cross-sectional study. BMC Geriatrics, 22(69), 1-11.

Chamberlain, S. A., Bronskill, S. E., Hsu, Z., Youngson, E., Gruneir, A. (2022) Resident loneliness, social isolation and unplanned emergency department visits from supportive living facilities: a population-based study. BMC Geriatrics, 22(21),

Jensen, C., Hoben, M., Chamberlain, S. A., Marshall, S., Young, R., Gruneir, A. (2022) Data analyses using the Action Project Method coding technique: A guide. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. 21, 1-7.

Song, Y., MacEachern, L., Doupe, M.B., Ginsburg, L., Chamberlain, S.A., Cranley, L., Easterbrook, C. A., Hoben, M., Knopp-Sihota, J., Reid, R.C., Wagg, A., Estabrooks, C.A., Keefe, J.M., Rappon, T., Berta, W.B. (2022) Influences of Post-Implementation Factors on the Sustainability, Sustainment and Intra-Organizational Spread of Complex Interventions. BMC Health Services Research. 22, 666.

Chamberlain, S.A., Gruneir, A., Keefe, J. M., Berendonk, C., Corbett, C., Bishop, R., Bond, G., Forbes, F., Kieloch, B., Mann, J., Thelker, C., Estabrooks, C. A. (2021). Evolving partnerships: engagement methods in an established health services research team. Research Involvement and Engagement, 7 (71),

Mann, J., Bishop, R., Bond, G., Forbes, F., Keiloch, B., Thelker, C., Gruneir, A., Chamberlain, S. A. (2021). The voices of lived experience: reflections from citizen team members in a long-term care research program. Research Involvement and Engagement, 7 (69),

Savage, R., Wu, W., Li, J., Lawson, A., Bronskill, S., Chamberlain, S. A., Grieve, J., Gruneir, A., Reppas-Rindlisbacher, C., Stall, N., Rochon, P. (2021). Loneliness and associated factors in older Canadian women and men during the first COVID-19 wave. BMJ Open, 11, e044517. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2020-044517

Savage, R.D., Hardacre, K., Mahder-Bashi, A., Bronskill, S. E., Gruneir, A., Faulkner, C., Grieve, J., Gruneir, A., McCarthy, L., Chamberlain, S.A., Lam, K., Stall, N. M., Zhu, L., Rochon, P.A. (2021). Perspectives on aging: A qualitative study of the expectations, priorities, needs and values of older adults from two Canadian provinces. Age and Ageing, 50 (5), 1811-1819.

Hoben, M. Chamberlain, S. A., O’Rourke, H.M., Elliot, B., Shresta, S., Devkota, R., Lam, J., Banerjee, S., Hughes, L., Estabrooks. C. A. (2021). Psychometric properties and use of the DEMQOL suite of instruments in research: a systematic review protocol. BMJ Open. 1, e041318. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2020-041318

Chamberlain, S. A., Duggleby, W., Teaster, P.B., Fast, J., Estabrooks, C. A. (2020). Challenges in caring for unbefriended residents in long-term care homes. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, 75 (9), 2050-2061. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbaa079

Chamberlain, S.A., Duggleby, W., Teaster, P.B., Estabrooks. C.A. (2020). Characteristics and unmet care needs of unbefriended residents in long term care. Aging and Mental Health, 24(4), 659-667:

Chamberlain, S. A., Duggleby, W., Teaster, P.B., Estabrooks, C. A. (2020) Characteristics of socially isolated residents in long-term care: A retrospective cohort study. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, 6, 1-10.


  • INT D 690- Topics in Knowledge Utilization


Mentorship and supervision

I am NOT currently accepting PhD students. I am accepting requests for supervision from Masters students. Please review my publications and areas of interest to confirm whether your proposed area of inquiry fits within my research program. If you believe your interests align with my program of research, your initial contact email should include a brief description of your interests, proposed project, and a copy of your CV.


INT D 690 - Topics in Knowledge Utilization

This course examines the scientific, theoretical, and historical underpinnings of the distinct but related fields of knowledge utilization, knowledge translation and innovation diffusion. Attention is given to contemporary manifestations in Canadian society such as evidence-based/evidence-informed decision-making, and in health care such as evidence-based medicine, and evidence-based practice. Particular attention will be given to the challenges of knowledge use in complex organizations and in the use of strategies to increase the use of knowledge, primarily although not exclusively the use of scientific knowledge. The course will focus on the central conceptual and methodological challenges in the field.

NURS 591 - Community of Inquiry III - Building Collaborative Inquiry

Build collaborative capacity in the development of systematic research and inquiry. Emphasis is placed on peer review of capstone and thesis proposal development and on strengthening communication skills for the effective articulation of ideas and arguments to and with diverse audiences. Prerequisite: NURS 590.

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