Overall, I regard myself as a mentor to the students with whom I interact. In this capacity, I strive to generate an active examination of current practice that uses critical appraisal of research to generate an inspection of alternative approaches. The majority of my teaching experiences have pertained to nursing research, about which I am deeply passionate. My 20 years of clinical and academic research experience has shaped this passion and has provided me with a treasury of insight with which I aspire to introduce students to research in a meaningful way and illustrate its practical and clinical utility.
I am teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs: Community Health Promotion Theory (NURS 404) and Intermediate Quantitative Research Design (NURS 803).
I am accepting graduate students.
Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track), Queen's University School of Nursing
Full Member, Queen's University Cancer Research Institute, Division of Cancer Care and Epidemiology
My research interests are guided by my clinical nursing experiences and it remains my intention that the outcomes of my research have important implications for health care contexts. My research program primarily explores the psychosocial needs of post-treatment cancer survivors and seeks to identify methods useful to help survivors to meet these needs. My recent projects involve an examination of the acceptability and feasibility of using a mindfulness-based intervention to support breast or colorectal cancer survivors to cope with common psychosocial concerns (e.g., fear of cancer recurrence, anxiety, depression), or utilization of integrated knowledge translation strategies to support the preparedness of gynecological cancer survivors and their informal caregivers for the end of cancer treatment transition. I have led and collaborated with nursing and interdisciplinary research teams to conduct research projects using quantitative, qualitative and systematic review methods. My research falls under the Queen’s Nursing and Health Research clusters of Practice Environments and Populations with Complex Health Conditions.
Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology/Association canadienne des infirmières en oncologie (CANO/ACIO) Research Committee member (2018-2020)
Colorectal Cancer Survivorship Guideline Development Group. Follow-up care, surveillance protocol, and secondary prevention measures for survivors of colorectal cancer. Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) Program in Evidence-Based Care, Evidence-Based Series. (2018-)
Kingston Nursing Research Conference Planning Committee, Kingston Nursing Research Conference Planning Committee Member (2018-)
Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Evidence Alliance Member (2019-)