Research Community

The Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing’s innovative researchers tackle wide-ranging questions about health and wellness, policy and practice. Our research output is significant. We are a leader in h-index citations contributing to our top-tier national and global rankings as we conduct research that makes a difference in the lives of populations across the lifespan.

Bloomberg Nursing Research Faculty

Profile of Charlene Chu

Charlene Chu, RN, PhD, GNC(C)

Assistant Professor

Kristin Cleverley, RN, PhD, CPMHN(C)

Associate Professor
CAMH Chair in Mental Health Nursing Research

Tracey Colella

Associate Professor – Status only (Primary)

Lisa Cranley, RN, PhD

Associate Professor

Craig Dale, RN, PhD, CNCC(C)

Associate Professor

Cindy-Lee Dennis, PhD, FCAHS


Profile of Denise Gastaldo

Denise Gastaldo, PhD

Associate Professor

Quinn Grundy, RN, PhD

Assistant Professor

Edith Hillan, RN, PhD, FAAN


Profile of Lindsay Jibb

Lindsay Jibb, RN, PhD, CPHON

Assistant Professor
Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Paediatric Nursing Research

Profile of Linda Johnston

Linda Johnston, PhD, FEANS, FAAN


Samantha Mayo, RN, PhD

Director, Doctoral Programs
Associate Professor
RBC Financial Chair in Oncology Nursing Research

Postdoctoral Fellows

Current Fellows

Dr. Andrea Johnson completed her PhD in Social Work in 2022 at the University of British Columbia. She joined Bloomberg Nursing in 2022 as a postdoctoral fellow under the supervision of Dr. Kim Widger. Dr. Johnson’s research interest is in the quality of life of adolescents who are living with advanced cancer. She recently received a clinician researcher salary award from the ENRICH (Empowering Next Generation Researchers in Perinatal and Child Health) training platform, to lead a project titled “Development of a quality of life instrument for use with adolescents and young adults with advanced cancer” (2022-2024). Dr. Johnson’s research will inform palliative care practice and research with adolescents living with incurable cancer, and ultimately support high quality palliative care for this unique group of patients.

Dr. Aimable Nkurunziza completed his doctorate in nursing at Western University’s School of Nursing in 2023. He completed a Master of Sciences in Nursing at the University of Rwanda and a Master of Public Health from Mount Kenya University. He joined Professor Cindy-Lee Dennis’s research team as a postdoctoral fellow in 2023. His doctoral research explored how perinatal services support adolescent mothers in Rwanda – a marginalized group – to inform the delivery of trauma- and violence-informed care (TVIC). Dr. Nkurunziza will develop and test an intervention to advance equity-oriented care in perinatal care to support adolescent mothers during his postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Nkurunziza’s postdoctoral research is funded by a University of Toronto Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Dr. Laura Buckley completed her PhD at the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto in 2022, under the supervision of Dr. Kim Widger. She started her work as a Postdoctoral Fellow, under the supervision of Dr. Linda McGillis Hall, in April 2024. Dr. Buckley’s doctoral research was focused on exploring factors that impact work engagement and burnout in paediatric nurses and how this ultimately impacts both nurse and patient well-being. Her post-doctoral work focuses on the assessment of factors, strategies, and interventions impacting nurse retention in the peri- and post- covid period. Dr. Buckley’s postdoctoral research is funded by funded through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Operating Grant.

For more information on how to apply to be a postdoctoral fellow at Bloomberg Nursing, check out our postdoctoral fellow page.