Elizabeth Peter RN, PhD, FAAN


My research focuses on examining the political dimensions of nurses’ ethical concerns and understandings.

Elizabeth Peter, RN, PhD, FAAN, is a Professor at the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and a member of the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. She has served in a number of leadership positions at the University of Toronto, including as Associate Dean, Academic Programs, a member of Governing Council, and Chair of the Health Sciences Research Ethics Board. Currently, she is an associate editor of Nursing Ethics, Chair of the Bioethics Expert Panel for the American Academy of Nursing, and Chair of Public Health Ontario’s Ethics Review Board.

Her interdisciplinary academic background in nursing, philosophy and bioethics has framed her scholarship over the past 30 years. She has concentrated much of her work examining ethical issues in community care, including home care and long-term care. Funded by a Toronto COVID-19 Action Initiative grant, she has recently led several related studies to examine the moral concerns of nurses during the pandemic.

  • 1998 – PhD, University of Toronto

  • 1992 – BA, York University, Toronto

  • 1991 – MScN, University of Toronto

  • 1986 – BScN, University of Windsor, Ontario

Dr. Peter’s PubMed link is available here.

Dr. Peter’s Google Scholar link is available here.

Breanna Lloy

Breanna is a Doctor of Nursing student at the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, supervised by Professor Elizabeth Peter. Her dissertation project is titled “Examining the potential of communities of practice to facilitate new graduate nurse practitioner transition to practice”. Breanna is currently the Provincial Professional Practice Leader for Nurse Practitioners at Nova Scotia Health.

Irene Boldt RN, MN, PhD

Thesis Title: The Well-being of Community-Residing NCRMD Patients: Recognizing Ethical Dimensions

Somayeh Faghanipour, RN, PhD

Thesis Title: Self-care in an Unequal World: Implications for Identity

Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of the Fraser Valley

Caroline Variath, RN, PhD

Thesis Title: The Experiences of Healthcare Providers with Eligible Patients’ Loss of Decision-making Capacity while Awaiting Medical Assistance in Dying and Their Perspectives on Using Advance Consent

Current Position: Professor, Vancouver Island University