Susan Sommerfeldt, PhD, MN, BScN, RN

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing
(780) 492-9509
5-185 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 1C9



My research and teaching is centred in exploring healthcare teams, how they function and what that means to patients. I teach healthcare team development through an interprofessional education course. As well, I teach community health nursing theory and clinical courses. 

Through the U of A Health Sciences Education and Research Commons (HSERC) committees and initiatives, I engage health sciences students in interprofessional learning.

My interest in interprofessionalism emerged in my Masters of Nursing work highlighting inter-disciplinary approaches to Developmental Coordination Disorder in children. Doctoral research explored interprofessionalism and relational work in inter-disciplinary healthcare teams. Utilizing arts-informed methodology, I explored team relationships using applied theatre methods, specifically Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed.

Other research experience includes a research project that established interprofessional clinical learning units in Edmonton area healthcare facilities. I was involved with Dr. Judy Mill’s project investigating HIV diagnosis and care of Canadian Aboriginal youth and Dr. Beverley O’Brien’s research program involving implementing midwifery services in Alberta and an institutional ethnographic approach in describing rural and remote birth choices available to Alberta families.

I have provided guest lectures about art-based research in health research and community health nursing.  


The Mangle of Interprofessional Practice
Author(s): Sommerfeldt, S.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Global Qualitative Nursing Research
Volume: 2
Page Numbers: doi: 10.1177/2333393614565186
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Considering performativity as methodology and phenomena
Author(s): Sommerfeldt S, Caine V, Molzahn A
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research
Volume: 15
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: Article 11
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Articulating nursing in an interprofessional world
Author(s): Sommerfeldt S
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Nurse Education in Practice
Volume: 16
Page Numbers: 523-529

“AIDS is something scary”: Canadian Aboriginal Youth and HIV Testing
Author(s): Mill JE, Wong T, Archibald C, Sommerfeldt S, Worthington C, Jackson R, Prentice T, Myers T
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health
Volume: 9
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 277-299
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