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Elizabeth VanDenKerkhof

Emerita Professor and Sally Smith Chair in Nursing
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BScN (Ottawa University)
MSc (Queen’s University)
DrPH ( Johns Hopkins)

Graduate student supervision:

Dr. VanDenKerkhof is a Professor Emeritus and is not accepting graduate students. 



Dr. VanDenKerkhof primarily taught research methods in the graduate programs in the School of Nursing. The common theme in her approach to teaching across disciplines and classroom settings is the use of real world clinical data to bring meaning to research design & analysis.



As a pain epidemiologist, the primary aim of Dr. VanDenKerkhof's research is to improve the measurement of pain and to prevent the development of chronic pain. She conducts studies in clinical and community settings and uses primary data collection or population and administrative databases to address these issues. She also carries out studies related to patient safety and healthcare quality. Dr. VanDenKerkhof has supervised students and trainees in nursing, anesthesiology, business and public health sciences. Her projects primarily fall under the Queen’s Nursing and Health Research cluster of Populations with Complex Health Conditions and Health Care Quality.


Sally Smith Chair In Nursing

The Sally Smith Chair in Nursing is an endowed Chair in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University.  The Chair can be held for a maximum of 15 years.  The incumbent is a successful nurse researcher who is also expected to provide mentorship for faculty in the School and develop a funded research program of significance to nursing.



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