School of Nursing
Faculty of Health Sciences Queen's University

Joan Tranmer

RN, BScN (Queen's), MSc (Queen's), PhD (Toronto)


External Phone: 613-549-6666 x4952
Internal Phone: 77670
Office Location: Angada 3, KGH



I am involved, predominantly in graduate teaching at the Masters and PhD level in quantitative research design, methods and analysis. Courses are designed to provide the graduate student with the knowledge and skills to address research questions using a rigourous quantitative approach. Students have the opportunity to learn and apply, using secondary data sources, various research approaches and analyses using SPSS. In all courses, students actively engage in activities; independent and critically thinking is fostered. I supervise graduate students in Nursing and Department of Public Health Sciences. Student's research foci are complementary to my areas of research expertise and focus, allowing for many research and scholarship opportunities.


As a career scientist, I work with interdisciplinary teams in the conduct of research primarily focused on systematic examination and gender-based analyses of patient, caregiver, and system outcomes of care for persons living with chronic cardiovascular and cancer conditions; and on the development and testing of nurse led delivery systems to enhance quality of care. A secondary research focus is on the understanding of factors that contribute to quality work environments for healthcare workers and the development of policy and strategies to improve healthcare work environments, with a particular focus on female workers and cardiovascular health. I hold research grant funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Ontario Ministry of Health and Longterm Care, and other peer reviewed funding bodies.
Current research projects (2013)

  • Shift work and cardiovascular risk in female health care workers: a process model linking physiological, behavioural and social pathways (CIHR, 2011-2014): Principal applicant
  • Primary care reform: Optimizing quality, access and equity in Ontario primary care (MOHLTC, HSRF, 2013-2016): Co-applicant
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