Wendy Duggleby, PhD, RN

Professor/ATS Lecturer, Faculty of Nursing


Professor/ATS Lecturer, Faculty of Nursing



My areas of research interest include Gero-oncology, psychosocial oncology, family caregivers, palliative and end of life care. The goal of my research is to enhance quality of life for older adults and their families. To accomplish this goal I have the privilege of leading several multidisciplinary teams. My program of research is entitled "Living with Hope" which includes research studies of hope for persons with advanced cancer, family caregivers and health care providers. This program of research has received funding from local, provincial and national grants. Five film documentaries of these studies have been produced. The film entitled “Living with Hope” has received 2 international awards. These films and abstracts of the hope studies can be viewed on my Living with Hope website.

My current funded research includes the development of psychosocial supportive interventions for male spouses of women with breast cancer, caregiving of persons with dementia and living with hope program for persons with advanced disease. These are in different stages of development and testing. The interventions were developed from qualitative data and pilot tested using mixed method approaches. My research is translational so that it can inform nursing research, practice and policy. This research has received multiple awards for excellence: Canadian Association for Nursing Research (CANR), Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award and College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA).


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (with Distinction), University of Saskatchewan (1975)
  • Masters in Nursing, University of Alberta (1990)
  • PhD in Nursing, University of Texas-Houston Health Sciences Center (1999)

  • 2018 Cizik School of Nursing, University of Texas, Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • 2017 Pfizer Award for Excellence in Nursing Research
  • 2017 150 Nurses for Canada. Canadian Nurses Association
  • 2016 NGSA Faculty of Nursing Award of Excellence Nominee
  • 2013 CARNA Nursing Excellence in Research
  • 2013 Research Showcase Award of Excellence, Psycho-social category
  • 2013 NGSA Faculty of Nursing Award of Excellence, First Runner Up
  • 2013 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2012 Canadian Association for Nursing Research: 2012 Nurse Researcher Award


Current Grants

  • Pesut, B., Duggleby, W., Warner, G., Fassbender, K., O’Connor, B., Ghosh, S., Holroyd-Leduc, J., Nekolaichuck, C., & Urquhart, R., Barwich, D., Sullivan, K., Greig, M. (+14 community partner sites & 12 decision/policy makers). Volunteer Navigation Partnerships: A compassionate community approach to early palliative care. Max Bell Foundation, $328,899. November 2017 to December 2020.
  • Pesut, B. (PI), Duggleby, W. (Co-I), Warner, G., Gerard, L., Lynn, B., Fassbender, K., O’Connor, B., Edwards, R., Shervill, L., Davidson, J. An integrated knowledge translation approach to implementing a model of volunteer navigation for rural older adults living with advanced cancer. Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute Knowledge Translation Grant, $100,000. September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2018.
  • Pesut, B. (Nom PI), Duggleby, W., (Co-PI) Barwich, D., Warner, G., Dalhuisen, M., Ghosh, S., Holroyd-Leduc, J., Angevine, P., Antifeau, E., Baxter, S., Cash, C., Downer, K., Gerard, L., Hynes, G., Joyce, S., Nekolaichuk, C., Nicholson, C., O’Connor, B., Parmar, J., Peterson-Fraser, M., Scales, M., Urquhart, R., Woytkiw, R. Partner hospice societies: Bulkley Valley, Central Okanagan, Colchester East Hants, Cranbrook Kimberley, Desert Valley, Nelson and District, North Okanagan, Olds and District. An integrated knowledge translation approach to examining a model of volunteer navigation (N-CARE) to support older adults living with advance chronic illness in the home. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, $347,847. Sept 2016 to August 2019.
  • Duggleby, W. (PI), Pesut, B., Warner, G., Fassbender, K., Nekolaichuk, C., Holroyd-Leduc, J., Ghosh, S., Hallstrom, L., MacLeod, R, Murphy, S., Klein, L, Antymnuik, C., Clark, G., Peterson-Fraser, M., Woytkiw, T. & Laing, R. Navigation Partnerships: Connecting, Accessing, Resourcing and Engaging (N-CARE) Older Persons, Families and Communities. $170, 997. Covenant Health Seniors Health and Wellness Innovation Fund. June 1, 2016- May 2018.


    NEW FILM: A film was recently developed about the Nav-CARE program (see Navigation Partnerships: Connecting, Accessing, Resourcing and Engaging (N-CARE) Older Persons, Families and Communities under Research/Current Grants). The film explains the program and highlights the work of the volunteer navigators in Camrose and Killam.


    Development, implementation, and evaluation of a curriculum to prepare volunteer navigators to support older persons living with serious illness

    Author(s): Duggleby, W., Pesut, B., Cottrell, L., Friesen, L., Sullivan, K., & Warner, G.
    Publication Date: 2018
    Publication: American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    Volume: 35
    Issue: 5
    Page Numbers: 780-787
    External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049909117740122

    Volunteer navigation partnerships: A compassionate community approach to early palliative care

    Author(s): Pesut, B., Duggleby, W., Warner, G, Antifeau, E., Hooper, B., Gerig, M., & Sullivan, K.
    Publication Date: 2018
    Publication: BMC Palliative Care
    Volume: 17
    Issue: 2
    External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12904-017-0210-3

    A metasynthesis study of informal caregivers’ transition experiences caring for community dwelling persons with advanced cancer at the end of life

    Author(s): Duggleby, W., Tycholiz, J., Holtslander, L., Hudson, P., Nekolaichuk, C., Mirhosseini, N., Parmar, J., Chambers, T., Alook, A. & Swindle, J.
    Publication Date: 2017
    Publication: Palliative Medicine
    Volume: 31
    Issue: 7
    Page Numbers: 602-616
    External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0269216316673548

    Feasibility study of an online intervention to support male spouses of women with breast cancer

    Author(s): Duggleby, W., Stuthers-Montford,K., Nekolaichuk, C., Cumming, C., Ghosh, S., Thomas, R. & Tonkin, K.
    Publication Date: 2017
    Publication: Oncology Nursing Forum
    Volume: 44
    Issue: 6
    Page Numbers: 765-775
    External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1188/17.ONF.765-775

    Gender and sex differences in carers’ health, burden and work outcomes: Canadian carers of community-dwelling older people with multiple chronic conditions

    Author(s): Williams, A., Wang; L., Duggleby, W., Markle-Reid, M., Ploeg, J.
    Publication Date: 2017
    Publication: International Journal of Care and Caring
    Volume: 1
    Issue: 3
    Page Numbers: 331-349
    External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/239788217X15079062338928

    Study protocol: Pragmatic randomized control trial of an internet-based intervention (My Tools 4 Care) for family caregivers

    Author(s): Duggleby, W., Ploeg, J., McAiney, C., Fisher, K., Swindle, J., Chambers, T., Ghosh, S., Peacock, S., Markle-Reid, M., Triscott, J., Williams, A., Forbes, D., & Pollard, L.
    Publication Date: 2017
    Publication: BMC Geriatrics
    Volume: 17
    Issue: 181
    External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12877-017-0581-6

    Web-Based Interventions to Improve Mental Health, General Caregiving Outcomes, and General Health for Informal Caregivers of Adults with Chronic Conditions Living in the Community: Rapid Evidence Review

    Author(s): Ploeg, J., Markle-Reid, M., Valaitis, R., McAinley, C. Duggleby, W., Bartholomew, A., & Sherifali, D.
    Publication Date: 2017
    Publication: Journal of Medical Internet Research
    Volume: 19
    Issue: 7
    Page Numbers: e263
    External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/jmir.7564