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Dr. Widger’s program of research aims to identify, examine, and enhance the structures, processes, and outcomes of palliative care provided to children living with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Dr. Kimberley Widger is an Associate Professor at the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto and holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Pediatric Palliative Care. She is also a Nursing Research Associate with the Paediatric Advanced Care Team and Project Investigator in the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children and an Adjunct Scientist in the Lifespan Program at ICES. Through her program of research she aims to ensure that every family of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness receives optimal pediatric palliative care throughout the illness regardless of where they receive care and the outcome of the illness. She also collaborates with and provides mentorship to both peers and the upcoming generation of researchers in the area of development and use of surveys with patients and families and knowledge translation.
Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Pediatric Palliative Care
Dr. Kimberley Widger, Associate Professor at the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto began a five-year Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Pediatric Palliative Care in July 2020.
Dr. Widger’s program of research focuses on examining and enhancing the structures, processes and outcomes of care provided to children living with a life-threatening condition and their families. Her research has had a national impact on enhancing the quality of care for children who are facing a life-threatening conditions and their families as well as supporting health professionals to provide this care. During her tenure as Chair, Widger will address key knowledge gaps in this area to advance the understanding and delivery of high-quality pediatric palliative care.
2012 – Postdoctoral Fellowship, Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto
2012 – PhD, University of Toronto
1996 – MN, University of Calgary
1991 – BSN, University of Saskatchewan