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Visiting Professors
Postdoctoral Fellows
  • Limited-Term Professorships

    In 2007, the faculty received a historic donation from financier and philanthropist Lawrence S. Bloomberg — the largest ever given to a Canadian nursing school. This visionary gift provided support for the development of two Limited-Term Professorships. The aim of these professorships is to advance nursing practice and patient care. The inaugural professorships were in the area of Critical Care and Patient Safety, while the current professorship holder’s work is in the area of Cancer Genetics.

    Current Term Professorship

    Robyn Stremler
    Associate Professor & Acting Associate Dean, Academic
    Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    Limited-Term Professor (Child and Family Health) – 2018-2022

    Dr. Stremler’s areas of research focus include sleep for families with a child with health challenges in hospital or community settings, sleep across pregnancy and postpartum, as well as health interventions, to improve sleep for infants, children and adolescents as well as health for families. Dr. Stremler’s future research will focus on expanding her maternal and infant sleep intervention to other populations and developing interventions to improve sleep for children who are hospitalized and their parents.

    Kelly Metcalfe

    Kelly Metcalfe
    Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    Limited-Term Professor (Cancer Genetics) – 2015-2020

    Dr. Metcalfe’s research focuses on the prevention and treatment of breast and ovarian cancers in high risk women, most specifically those with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation.  She has published extensively in these areas, and has led international studies resulting in seminal research papers on the topic of treatment of BRCA-associated breast cancer.  Dr. Metcalfe is particularly interested in developing interventions which promote the translation of research findings into clinical practice.  This includes the development and testing of interventions aimed at increasing the uptake of cancer prevention options in women at high-risk of developing cancer, and the identification of individuals with a genetic predisposition to cancer so that treatments can be targeted; all of these interventions aim to reduce the number women developing and/or dying of breast or ovarian cancer.

    Previous Term Professorships

    Faculty Member - Louise Rose

    Louise Rose
    Associate Professor
    Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    Limited-Term Professor (Critical Care) – 2008-2013

    Dr. Rose brings great strength to the faculty in an area of key strategic importance to the province – critical care. She is an outstanding nurse clinician whose research has been directed towards critical care, emergency and trauma nursing of adult and paediatric patients. As the Critical Care Professor, Dr. Rose is working closely with a number of university partners, including Mount Sinai Hospital, University Health Network and St. Michael’s Hospital on the development of research in critical care practice.

    Ann Tourangeau Headshot 2009Ann Tourangeau
    Associate Professor
    Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    Limited-Term Professor (Patient Safety)- 2010-2012

    Dr. Tourangeau’s research is within the domain of Science of Nursing Health Systems. Ann works in the area of nursing outcomes research, particularly related to patient safety outcomes such as, hospital mortality and readmission to hospital. Utilization of her research findings are of particular interest to health care administrators, health-care leaders, and health policy makers. She incorporates data from large administrative and clinical databases to answer questions related to the contribution that nursing care and nursing work environments make to these patient and organizational outcomes

    Faculty Member - Diane Doran

    Diane Doran
    Professor Emerita
    Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    Limited-Term Professor (Patient Safety) – 2008-2009

    Dr. Doran’s research focused on outcomes measurement, knowledge translation, patient safety, and ehealth. She was Deputy Director of the Nursing Health Services Research Unit, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and her work in this professorship focused on building partnerships to promote safer patient care through research, training, and knowledge translation.


  • Frances Bloomberg International Distinguished Visiting Professors

    The fall 2007 announcement of the generous $10 million donation from philanthropist and financier Lawrence S. Bloomberg provided the opportunity to globally expand our innovation and excellence in research. To generate increased opportunities for international collaboration, a visiting professor program was developed.

    Karen Luker, FMedSci, PhD, BNurs
    Frances Bloomberg International Distinguished Visiting Professor

    Dr. Luker obtained a B. Nurs degree from the University of Manchester.  She completed a PhD in Social Science and Nursing at the University of Edinburgh.  She is currently the Queen’s Nursing Institute Professor of Community Nursing at the University of Manchester.  She is also the Depute Director of the NIHR CLAHRC for Greater Manchester NHS Trusts and the University of Manchester.

    Dr. Luker is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and was awarded a fellowship of the Queen’s Nursing Institute in 2003, and in 2010 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Lund Sweden and in 2011 an Honorary DSc from University of Alberta Canada in recognition of her contribution to health care research and research capacity building.  In 2016 she received a CBE in the New Year’s Honours for her contribution to Nursing.  She has reviewed on a wide range of national and International research committees including MRC Health Services and Public Health Research Board and three  RAE/REF Panels and equivalent panels in New Zealand (PBRF).  From 2017-20 she is a member of the Swedish Research Councils Health Sciences Review panel.  In addition, she edits the Journal Health and Social Care in the Community published by Wiley/Blackwell Publishing.  Karen has published widely in the area of Community Nursing, Cancer and palliative care and has been a visiting professor at the University of Auckland and Hong Kong University.

    Donna Sullivan Havens
    Frances Bloomberg International Distinguished Visiting Professor

    Dr. Havens is Interim Dean and a tenured professor in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her career trajectory includes a rich blend of roles in nursing practice, administration, academe and research. For more than 25 years, she has studied, published, consulted, and presented nationally and internationally about the nursing practice environment, nurse executive leadership and turnover, professional nursing practice, staff nurse decisional involvement, relational coordination, magnet hospitals and more recently partnering with hospitals to implement research-based features of professional practice models. She developed the Decisional Involvement Scale, an instrument used extensively in the U.S. and internationally to identify levels of actual and desired staff nurse decisional involvement and to guide change

    Over the course of this professorship, Dr. Havens will lead a program of study that will engage faculty, students and academic healthcare facilities in the area of Shaping Systems to Promote Desired Outcomes. Dr. Havens made her first visit in November 2016 and will visit us three more times throughout 2017, meeting with graduate students, faculty and researchers. She will present a public lecture during her spring 2017 visit.

    Walter Sermeus2015-2016
    Walter Sermeus
    Frances Bloomberg International Distinguished Visiting Professor

    Professor Walter Sermeus is a professor healthcare management at the Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy, University of Leuven – KU Leuven in Belgium, where he is also the programme director of the Master in Health Care Policy and Management. As member of the European Academy of Nursing Science, Sermeus coordinated the EU-FP7 RN4CAST project, investigating nurse forecasting in Europe from 2009-2011. A respected researcher, Sermeus has authored more than 120 scientific papers, and is a member of the Strategic Advisory Committee of the European Health Management Association.

    Profile Photo of Margo Pritchard2014-2015
    Margo Pritchard
    Frances Bloomberg International Distinguished Visiting Professor

    Professor Margo Pritchard is a Registered Nurse and Midwife with sub-speciality qualifications in Neonatal Nursing. Following completion of her Doctorate titled “Optimising Very Preterm Infant Outcomes (OPIO): evidence based targeted screening and surveillance method”, she has contributed to multiple peer reviewed publications, has been the chief investigator of randomised controlled trials and collaborated on several international studies.

    Currently Professor Pritchard is the appointed Jackman Professor of Neonatal Nursing, Australian Catholic University and Mater Health Services. Australia. She holds honorary positions including, Research Fellow in The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research and Senior Lecturer in Medicine, Health and Life Sciences at Queen’s University. Belfast.

    Professor Pritchard was appointed the 2014-15 Frances Bloomberg International Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. The current focus of her research program has been in understanding the nature of child health developmental and behavioural surveillance in high risk neonatal groups. While in Canada, together with Faculty, Professor Pritchard has conducted developmental surveillance workshops and examined models of high risk child health and developmental surveillance to inform potential research collaboration.

    Anne Marie Rafferty
    Frances Bloomberg International Distinguished Visiting Professor

    An internationally renowned leader in nursing policy and health services research, Anne Marie Rafferty joins the Faculty as the 2013-2014 Frances Bloomberg International Visiting Professor.  Anne Marie is a Professor of Nursing Policy and former Dean, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery and Director of Academic Outreach, Kings College London. She trained as a nurse at the University of Edinburgh BSc (Soc Sci) and in clinical research Nottingham University MPhil (Surgery) as well as a historian at Oxford University, DPhil (Modern History) and policy analyst at the University of Pennsylvania (Harkness Fellowship). She was seconded to the Department of Health to work as government adviser on nursing to Lord Ara Darzi on the reform of the NHS in 2007-2008 and was a member of the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery 2009-2010. Anne Marie is Co-director of the Centre for Humanities and Health at King’s College, London. She is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing (2004), Queen’s Nursing Institute and Visiting Professor at the European Observatory for Health Systems and Policies at the Technical University, Berlin and WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Systems in Brussels. In 2008 she was made CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for her outstanding service to healthcare, and in 2011 she was inducted as an international fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Nursing.

    Professor Rafferty’s research interests cover health policy, health services research and the history of nursing. She has been closely involved in developing international research initiatives on the links between nurse staffing and outcomes.

     As the Frances Bloomberg International Visiting Professor, Anne Marie will be working with the Faculty to advance our expertise in the research and policy arena examining the contribution of nursing through the utilization of multiple data sources in long-term care settings. She will explore the potential of developing a collaborative research agenda between the Bloomberg Faculty and King’s College, London.

    Anne Marie plans to be at the Faculty throughout the next 12 months on four separate occasions. She will be available to meet with faculty, students and our practice and professional partners during those visits. Anne Marie will set up a dialogue with faculty and TAHSN affiliates to discuss decision support systems for long term care and chronic disease management, which may be deployed in translating evidence into practice to inform care planning decisions.

    During one of her visits, Anne Marie will present a public lecture and convene a workshop focusing on the nature and organization of nursing work to inform policy. Finally, she will present a Leadership Institute through the Centre for Professional Development in the new year.

    Rev. Tom Keighley
    Frances Bloomberg International Distinguished Visiting Professor

    Rev. Tom Keighley is a well-known British nurse with a long history of international, administration and policy work. He has worked in National Health Service (NHS) institutions from 1970 to 1982 and 1986 to 1993 variously as a practising nurse, teacher, researcher and manager, including director of nursing appointments at district and regional levels. As a full-time officer at the Royal College of Nurses, working in the fields of research, policy formulation and political lobbying from 1982 to 1986, Keighley worked in the international arena, firstly in Europe, and from 1990 his work extended to North, Central and Latin America, the Middle East, India, Pakistan, Malawi and Singapore. From 1993 to 2001, he was the founding head of department and then assistant dean at the University of Leeds.

    Over the course of his career, Keighley has been a trade union steward and convenor, director of nursing at the most senior level in the NHS, an academic leader, as well as the long serving editor of Nursing Management. Some of his accomplishments include the establishment of the ethics function of the Royal College of Nurses, leadership in the implementation of a wide range of quality initiatives in service delivery, and being the first nurse invited to undertake the European Union Leadership Programme.

    Keighley is an experienced lobbyist at regional, national and international levels. He represented the UK on the European Union Advisory Committee on Nursing Training for over a decade and continues to facilitate the European Accession Project for the former Eastern Bloc member countries. He is also an Anglican priest (in secular employment) and is currently undertaking doctoral work at Kings College London on worker priests in the Anglican Church.

    In 2001, Keighley was awarded the Gran Cruz de ASCOFAME in Colombia in recognition of his health care development work in Central and South America. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Nursing in 2004 in recognition of his contribution to international development and the development of leadership in the profession. He was also presented a lifetime membership to the American Organization of Nurse Executives in 2010 in recognition of his contribution to the global development of nursing.

    As the Frances Bloomberg International Distinguished Visiting Professor, Keighley will be working with the Faculty to advance our expertise in policy and leadership. There will be a number of key meetings and round tables on major issues of importance to Canadian nursing facilitated by Keighley over the course of the year. Keighley will advise on the development of the leadership and policy components of our programs, most specifically in the MN programme. He will also conduct a master class on high-level negotiation in collaboration with CASPP in 2013.

    Keighley’s first visit took place mid-April when he generated a great deal of interest within the nursing community on the topic of leadership. Keighley will return to the Faculty in the fall and over the next 12 months will be visiting for periods of one to two weeks. He will be available to meet with faculty, students and our practice and professional partners during those visits. Keighley will also be presenting a public lecture at a date to be determined.

    Dr. Pamela H. Mitchell
    Frances Bloomberg International Distinguished Visiting Professor

    Dr. Pamela H. Mitchell is a professor of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, School of Nursing and adjunct professor of Health Services, School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Washington. Her research and teaching focus on hospital and ambulatory care delivery systems; effective management of clinical care systems; comparative effectiveness of biobehavioural interventions for patients with acute and chronic cardiocerebrovascular disease; and outcomes of inter‐professional education. These studies have been funded by the National Institute of Nursing; the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; and the Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources Services Administration.

    Mitchell is the past‐president of the American Academy of Nursing, and a member and past chair of the American Academy of Nursing Expert Panel on Quality Care. She was also a visiting professor at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and Flinders University in Australia.

    One of the reasons Mitchell received the appointment is her background in fusing health services/systems and clinical research.  She worked with Bloomberg Nursing faculty in the Nursing Health Systems field and the Nursing Health Services Research Unit (NHSRU) to plan for the future of research in these areas. In February 2011, Mitchell led a presentation and discussion titled, “Evidence based care: creating evidence at the point of care.” Approximately 25 members of the Bloomberg Nursing Faculty and chief nurse executives from the Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN) attended the talk that described U.S. models of evidence‐based practice in which a group of staff nurses identify clinical issues in their care unit that require systematic inquiry, refine the question into a research or process improvement statement, conduct and analyze the data, and make appropriate changes in practice. Mitchell considers this luncheon the turning point of her professorship; every visit after the presentation was filled with appointments at various hospitals, and conversations with faculty and nursing leaders about building capacity and capitalizing on the strong linkages that already exist between the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and its affiliates.

    In addition, with Mitchell’s help, a nursing research consortium was formed in spring 2011 among the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and TAHSN hospitals, with Dr. Linda McGillis Hall, associate dean of research and external relations at Bloomberg Nursing, and Dr. Lianne Jeffs, director, nursing research at St. Michael’s Hospital as co‐chairs.

    Dr. Judith A. Oulton
    Frances Bloomberg International Distinguished Visiting Professor

    Dr. Judith A. Oulton is an internationally renowned expert in health care issues and the world-wide nursing shortage.  Oulton is former Chief Executive of the International Council of Nurses (ICN), a federation of national nurses’ associations representing millions of nurses in more than 100 countries. In collaboration with the United Nations and other nongovernmental organizations, the ICN works to maintain a strong international community of nurses and to promote sound health policies around the world.

    Oulton’s efforts to advance the nursing field have spanned her entire career: in government she was Director of Strategic Planning for the Department of Health and Community Services for the province of New Brunswick; in education she was a professor in the University of New Brunswick Nursing Faculty as well as Presidential Chair at the University of Calif ornia San Francisco; and in nursing administration and service in various clinical areas.

    Oulton was instrumental in forming the World Health Professions Alliance, which was created in 1999 to address global health issues and to help deliver cost-effective, quality healthcare worldwide.

    Dr. Wendy Chaboyer
    Frances Bloomberg International Distinguished Visiting Professor

    In the fall of 2008, Dr. Wendy Chaboyer, a professor in nursing at Griffith University in Australia, was named the Frances Bloomberg International Distinguished Visiting Professor. Chaboyer liaised with Bloomberg Limited‐Term Professor Dr. Diane Doran in linking with a number of clinical affiliate agencies while at the Bloomberg Nursing Faculty. These initiatives focused on the area of patient safety on projects directed towards improving nursing handover and assessing competence in the operating room.

    Dr. Alex Molassiotis
    Frances Bloomberg International Distinguished Visiting Professor

    From the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, Dr. Alex Molassiotis was named the inaugural Frances Bloomberg International Distinguished Visiting Professor for the academic year of 2007‐2008. Molassiotis is a professor of cancer and supportive care at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester. A leading figure in cancer nursing research and end-of-life care in the U.K. and Europe, his focus was on the development of  capacity building initiatives in collaboration with Bloomberg Nursing clinical partner, Dr. Doris Howell, RBC Financial Group Chair in Oncology Nursing Research and Education, for the development of research in cancer and palliative care nursing.


  • Tom Kierans International Postdoctoral Fellow

    Ann-Kristin Bjornnes

    Dr. Ann Kristin Bjørnnes
    University of Oslo, Norway
    Tom Kierans International Postdoctoral Fellow at Bloomberg Nursing (2016-2017)

    Dr. Ann Kristin Bjørnnes has an extensive practice background as a nurse (RN), midwife (CNM), and an Assistant Professor (MSc) at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Health Science, Institute of Nursing and Health Promotion, Norway.

    Dr. Bjørnnes completed her PhD in 2016 at the Institute of Clinical Medicine, Oslo University, Norway with a research focus on the self-management of postoperative cardiac surgery pain. Her doctoral work focused on establishing pain prevalence and related risk factors and the impact of an educational pain management booklet intervention on postoperative pain control after discharge from cardiac surgery. Dr. Bjørnnes’ doctoral work has so far resulted in three accepted manuscripts in highly ranked international nursing journals.

    As the Tom Kierans International Postdoctoral Fellow at Bloomberg Nursing, Dr. Bjørnnes was supervised by Associate Professor Dr. Monica Parry, whose program focuses on pain outcomes, sex- and gendered approaches, and peer support models in the cardiovascular population. Dr. Bjørnnes collaborated with Dr. Parry to develop and systematically evaluate an integrated smartphone and web-based intervention (HEARTPA♀N) to help women self-manage cardiac pain. System requirements and a pain care algorithm will be established using focus groups and a systematic integrated mixed methods synthesis of the literature on self-management programs/strategies for women with acute and persistent/chronic pain. The needs assessment and systematic review will be the first to critically examine and synthesize the available evidence on the self-management of cardiac pain in women.


    Dr. Kobra Falah-Hassani 2015

    Dr. Kobra Falah-Hassani
    The University of Tampere, Finland
    Tom Kierans International Postdoctoral Fellow at Bloomberg Nursing (2014-2015)

    Dr. Kobra Falah-Hassani brought a wide range of international experience to her fellowship here at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. She has a Bachelor’s degree specializing in Midwifery from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences (Iran), a Master’s degree, specializing again in Midwifery, from the University of Tarbiat Modares (Iran), and a Master’s in Health Sciences from the Tampere School of Public Health, University of Tampere (Finland). In 2010, Dr. Falah-Hassani earned her PhD in public health from the University of Tampere.

    Dr. Falah-Hassani was supervised by Professor Cindy-Lee Dennis while she was the Kierans Postdoctoral Fellow; during her postdoctoral fellowship she conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of perinatal depression prevalence and risk factors for perinatal depression among migrant women.

    Hans-Peter de RuiterDr. Hans-Peter de Ruiter
    Minnesota State University
    Tom Kierans International Postdoctoral Fellow at Bloomberg Nursing

    Dr. Hans-Peter de Ruiter has a nursing degree from the Free University School of Nursing in Amsterdam and a degree in mental health nursing from St Willibrordus Psychiatric Centre in Heiloo.

    He completed his Masters in Nursing at Winona State University and a PhD in nursing at the University of Minnesota.

    As the Tom Kierans International Postdoctoral Fellow at Bloomberg Nursing, de Ruiter was supervised by associate professor Dr. Jan Angus. During his fellowship, he strengthened his skills in qualitative research and focused on developing his publication record.

    Moreno Casbas Kierans FellowDr. Teresa Moreno‐Casbas
    Ministry of Health – Spain
    Tom Kierans International Postdoctoral Fellow at Bloomberg Nursing

    Dr. Teresa Moreno‐Casbas joined the Faculty throughout 2009 – 2010 from the Ministry of Health in Spain.  Dr. Moreno-Casbas played a leading role in the development of training programs for nurse investigators and in the funding of nursing research in Spain. Her postdoctoral fellowship at the Bloomberg Faculty with Professors Sean Clarke and Denise Gastaldo focused on nurses’ research utilization and knowledge translation efforts, including system and organizational factors that promote and hinder the advancement of nursing scholarship. She worked closely with the RNAO in translating the Best Practice Guidelines for use in the Spanish health care environment.

    Dr. Maria Schubert
    University of Basel
    Tom Kierans International Postdoctoral Fellow at Bloomberg Nursing

    Dr. Maria Schubert was selected as the Tom Kierans International Postdoctoral Fellow for 2008‐2009 working with Professor Sean Clarke.  Schubert is a nursing outcomes researcher with an extensive practice background and experience as a critical care clinical nurse specialist. During her postdoctoral training at the Bloomberg Faculty she continued her work on quality of care issues; including examining the clinical judgment exercised by nurses in direct care roles in hospital work environments, and patient outcomes including delirium in critical care.

    Marit LeegaardDr. Marit Leegaard
    University of Oslo
    Tom Kierans International Postdoctoral Fellow at Bloomberg Nursing

    Dr. Marit Leegaard was named to the position of Tom Kierans International Postdoctoral Fellow and worked with Professor Judy Watt‐ Watson during 2007 ‐ 2008. Leegaard, an expert clinician in pain and anaesthesia, joined the Faculty upon completion of her doctorate at the University of Oslo. Her work at Bloomberg Nursing was in the area of pain, focusing on cardiac pain and she built collaborative research links with nurses in cardiac teams in Toronto and internationally.






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