Linda-Lee O’Brien-Pallas RN, PhD, FCAHS, LLD (hon)

Professor Emerita

Dr. Johnston’s primary research focus is on neotal intensive care pain management and NICU health outcomes

Dr. Linda-Lee O’Brien-Pallas has completed more than 90 research projects, helping to lay the foundation for a science-based nursing profession. Recently, she completed An International Survey Monitoring Progress in Nursing and Midwifery, which is now being used by the World Health Organization.

A Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, Dr. O’Brien-Pallas has received numerous awards, including the Canadian Nurses Association’s Jeanne Mance Award. She held two Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Career Awards and then became the CIHR/CHSFR National Chair in Health Human Resources.

Dr. O’Brien-Pallas co-founded the Nursing Health Services Research Unit at U of T and is now a co-investigator with the Unit. She is cross-appointed to U of T’s Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation within the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. O’Brien-Pallas also holds appointments at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia,and the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

  • 1987 – PhD, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto

  • 1979 – MScN, University of Toronto

  • 1975 – BScN, University of Toronto

  • 1971 – Diploma in Nursing, St. Michael’s Hospital School of Nursing, Toronto

Dr. O’Brien-Pallas’s PubMed link is available here.