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The overall aim of my program of research is directly aligned with the Lancet women and cardiovascular disease commission’s recommendation to reduce the global burden of cardiovascular disease in women by 2030; this includes a focus on four of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (2015-2030): #5-Gender Equality, #10-Reduced Inequalities, #3-Good Health and Well-Being, and #17-Partnerships for the Goals.
Dr. Parry is an active supervisor in the international visiting PhD program at the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. She has assisted students to publish on a broad range of areas including pain management and risk for ischemic heart disease across various racial and ethnic populations. Dr. Parry led an investigative team to develop at heart, a progressive self-management web application for women with heart disease. She received an AMS Healthcare Fellowship in Compassion and Artificial Intelligence to bring compassion to the conversational health Chatbot used to manage the content and conversation in the at heart web-based application.
Dr. Parry is an investigator with the Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment (THETA) Collaborative, a multidisciplinary research collaboration based at U of T, an investigator at the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre, and a member of the Global Cardiovascular Nursing Leadership Forum of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, which aims to reduce the global epidemic of cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Parry actively participates on the Women’s Health Expert Panel and the Cardio-Metabolic Women’s Healthcare Working Group of the American Academy of Nursing; she is a member of the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance (CWHHA), Canadian Post-Pregnancy Clinical Network; Canadian Organization for Gender and Sex Research; and the Gender Outcomes INternational Group: to Further Well-being Development (GOING-FWD).
Dr. Parry is also a Nurse Practitioner in the cardiac program at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre in Southeastern Ontario.
2009 – Postdoctoral Fellowship, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario/FUTURE Program for Cardiovascular Nurse Scientists, McMaster University, Hamilton
2008 – PhD, University of Toronto
2001 – MSc (Nursing), Queen’s University, Kingston
1994 – MEd, Queen’s University, Kingston
1983 – BNSc, Queen’s University, Kingston
Deborah is a PhD student at the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. Her doctoral research is focused on addressing the cardiovascular health needs of mothers of African descent in Canada who have a history of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. She is addressing a significant knowledge gap – engaging patient partners and examining the intersection of sex (i.e., biological) and gender (sociocultural) factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease in women with a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy.
Deborah recently received a Heart and Stroke Personnel Award for Black Scholars for her work “Addressing known hypertensive disorders in women of African Descent”.
Heather is a PhD student at the University of Toronto in the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. Her research experience as a nurse working in rural/remote First Nation communities has helped her to understand the significant influence diabetes has on the individual, family and community. The overall purpose of Heather’s study is to explore how the intersecting identities of sex, gender and Indigenous identity affect self-management practices of those living with T2DM.
Deborah’s research is funded through a Canadian Institutes of Health Fellowship – Transition to Leadership, for her dissertation research titled “Understanding sex and gender influences on self-management practices of Indigenous men, women and Two-Spirited individuals living with type 2 diabetes: A strengths-based, patient-oriented approach”. She has been funded by CIHR to take part in an Indigenous Gender and Wellness Idea Fair and Learning Circle, and Diabetes Action Canada’s Patient-Oriented Research Intercentre Trainee Internship Award in Diabetes and Its Complications.