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Rosenstadt Doctoral Dissertation Award

Rosenstadt Doctoral Dissertation Award
Rosenstadt Doctoral Award Recipients
  • Bertha Rosenstadt Doctoral Research Dissertation Grants Program

    Bloomberg Nursing provides a biannual funding opportunity designed to assist eligible PhD students through the PhD research dissertation program. This program supports research undertaken as part of the academic program to qualify for a Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing) at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. The dissertation award supports dissertation research costs for students in good standing in the program, who are making timely progress towards their degrees. Students may receive only one dissertation grant throughout their program.

    Application Requirements

    Funding Available: Each award is valued at $1,000. The number of awards per competition may vary. There is generally a competition in the fall and the spring.

    Eligibility PhD students may apply for this award provided:

    • They are registered in the PhD degree program at Bloomberg Nursing;
    • They are in good standing in that program;
    • They have completed all course requirements for the degree;
    • The dissertation proposal has been successfully defended;
    • They are at the data collection phase of the dissertation;
    • They are no higher than year 4 of the program;
    • They have not received any other funding to support these specific dissertation activities – including the SGS Doctoral Completion Award;
    • They have submitted a Research Ethics Board application for their study.

    Application Review Process All applications will be reviewed by the Research Committee.

    Evaluation Applications will be evaluated on financial need and merit.

    • Need: Including but not limited to, the statement of need, clarity and appropriateness of the budget and its justification, supervisor’s comments on the budget, and statement of all funding received/applied for (including scholarships, funding package, and other awards)
    • Merit: Accomplishments during the PhD, including publications, presentations and awards (submitted and/or granted), supervisor recommendation, contribution to faculty, professional activities, other contributions; and clarity of the proposal

    Application Procedure

    The next competition will launch in 2023. 

    PhD students wishing to apply should submit one copy of the following materials:

    • Application form
      • Cover page
      • Rationale describing the student’s needs for funding (one page maximum)
      • A detailed budget for the expenses (one page maximum; use the table provided in the application form as a template);
      • A detailed statement of funding received and applied for from other sources (one page maximum; use the table provided in the application form as a template);
      • Research abstract (3500 characters with spaces);
      • A statement from the student’s supervisor, addressing: the significance of the project (scholarship), academic progress to date (thesis and/or course week, awards applied for/received), productivity, financial need, and exceptional circumstances (one page maximum)
    • Current CV
    • Record of Grades (ACORN or QUERCUS screenshot acceptabledo not use official transcripts)
    • REB approval or proof of REB submission (e.g., screenshot from MRHP of submitted folder or status history)

    Eligible Expenses:

    • Photocopying
    • Postage
    • Travel or parking related to study data collection
    • Incidental dissertation research expenses – small equipment, recorders, software, transcription, data entry, software licenses, participant compensation
    • Licensing fees for questionnaires

    Note: NVivo licenses, REDCap, and Covidence are available at no cost to registered students.

    Ineligible Expenses:

    • Travel to conferences and meetings
    • Knowledge dissemination costs

    Personnel costs are not normally covered by this award.

    Grant Administration Process:

    The doctoral research dissertation grants program will be administered through the Office of Research & External Relations, LSBFON, using the grant administration guidelines of the federal granting agencies in Canada (

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  • Since 2007, the Dissertation Grants Program has provided support to doctoral students for their research. Recipients have conducted a wide range of research addressing clinically oriented questions, exploring policy and practice issues, and theories of nursing and health care, reflecting the depth and breadth of knowledge at the Faculty.

    Current Recipients

    Samer Ghazi Health-related quality of life of adults with sickle cell disease after non-myeloablative allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (Supervisor: Kelly Metcalfe)

    Pablo Galvez Hernandez Implementation and effectiveness of interventions targeting older adults with poor social connections using community-based primary care networks in Catalonia (Supervisor: Carles Muntaner)

    Navpreet Kamboj Design requirements for a nitroglycerin dose titration decision support system: user-centered design study (Supervisor: Aaron Conway)

    Jordana McMurray Actigraphic and self-reported sleep outcomes and relationships to anxiety and depression symptoms in adolescents and young adults with cystic fibrosis: A mixed methods study (Supervisor: Robyn Stremler)


    Past Recipients


    Danielle Just Personal support workers’ role in end-of-life care in an Ontario long-term care home: A case study (Supervisor: Lisa Cranley)

    Julia Davies A multi-methods exploration of traumatic brain injury history among transition aged youth who have received mental health services (Supervisor: Kristin Cleverley)

    Kokui Klutse Exploring developmentally supportive care practices in preterm infant care in Ghana (Supervisor: Linda Johnston)


    Franklin Gorospe Multidimensional experience of pain in adults with advanced liver disease (Supervisor: Craig Dale)

    Rozina Somani Implementing a workplace violence reporting system for nurses in a healthcare setting in Pakistan (Supervisor: Carles Muntaner)

    Laura Istanboulian Co-design and mixed method acceptability evaluation of a communication intervention for use in the adult ICU with infection control procedures (Supervisor: Craig Dale)

    Caroline Variath The experiences of health care providers with eligible patients’ loss of decision-making capacity while awaiting medical assistance in dying and their perspectives on using advance consent (Supervisor: Elizabeth Peter)


    Diana Abudu-Birresborn Determining the self-efficacy of nursing students to care for older adults in acute care settings in Ghana: A mixed methods study (Supervisor: Lisa Cranley)

    Sara Ling Predictors of and reasons for early discharge among people receiving inpatient withdrawal management (Supervisor: Kristin Cleverley)

    Remar Mangaoil An exploratory sequential mixed methods study of nurses’ appraisal of seclusion or restraint use and their decision to participate in immediate staff debriefing in mental health settings (Supervisor: Kristin Cleverley)


    Abida Dhukai South Asian women together in a Health Initiative (SATHI): A pilot randomized controlled trial (Supervisor: Monica Parry)

    Janice Feather Organizational citizenship behaviours: A relational perspective on the contribution of the nursing workforce to patient safety and quality care (Supervisor: Linda McGillis Hall)

    Summer Haddad Sleep and factors affecting sleep for parents of preterm infants compared to parents of healthy term infants: The After-Baby Comparison (ABC) parent sleep study (Supervisor: Robyn Stremler)

    Samantha Micsinszki Sleep quality in parents of children 4-10 years old with autism spectrum disorder (Supervisor: Robyn Stremler)


    Priscilla Boayke Exploring the moral habitability of the midwifery work environment and the everyday moral practices of midwives in northern Ghana (Supervisor: Elizabeth Peter)

    Somayeh Faghanipour A critical narrative inquiry of self-care practices for senior Iranian immigrants with diabetes mellitus: Implications for identity and social justice (Supervisor: Elizabeth Peter)

    Sarah Xiao Development and evaluation of an instrument to measure discharge planning processes in mental health care (Supervisor: Ann Tourangeau)


    Schroder Sattar The impact of falls on cancer treatment in community-dwelling older adults with cancer (Supervisor: Martine Puts)

    Sanja Visekruna Health Need, Demand And Cost Burden Of Type 1 Diabetes Health Technologies On Families (Supervisor: Linda McGillis Hall)


    Geraldine Coburn Pain assessment and management in pediatric trauma patients (Supervisor: Bonnie Stevens

    Clara Juando Sketching life. Health care access and utilization by young homeless mothers: a Bourdieusian analysis with visual methods (Supervisor: Jan Angus)

    Gillian Strudwick Understanding nurses’ perceptions of electronic health record use in an acute care hospital setting (Supervisor: Linda McGillis Hall)


    Jacqueline Galica Fear of cancer recurrence among survivors of adult cancers (Supervisor: Kelly Metcalfe)

    O’Brien Kyololo Exploring the acceptability and feasibility of behavioural and sweet-tasting interventions for procedural pain management in special care nurseries in Kenya (Supervisor: Bonnie Stevens)

    Ping Zou Examination of a culturally sensitive dietary intervention to treat hypertension for Chinese Canadians (DASHNa-CC): A pilot randomized controlled trial in a community setting (Supervisor: Monica Parry)


    Samantha Mayo Prospective evaluation of cognitive functioning following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (Supervisor: Kelly Metcalfe)

    Orla Smith Prevalence and predictors of anxiety, depression, and risk for post-traumatic stress in family members of patients in the intensive care unit: the ICU-ADAPTS Survey (Supervisor: Kelly Metcalfe)

    Patti Lynn Tracey Non-governmental organizations’ (NGOs) impacts on health care services in rural Honduras: evaluating a short-term medical mission utilizing a case study approach (Supervisor: Carles Muntaner)


    Efrosini Papaconstantinou The feasibility and acceptability of the Relax to Sleep Program on pediatric sleep during hospitalization and beyond: A pilot randomized controlled trial (Supervisor: Robyn Stremler)

    Winnie Sun A mixed-methods study: examining the relationship between therapeutic self-care and adverse events for home care clients in Ontario (Supervisor: Diane Doran)


    Maki Iwasi The social effects of gestational diabetes in high-risk ethnic groups (Supervisor: Sioban Nelson)

    Shan Mohammed A Foucauldian examination of patient subjectivity: a case study of patients with advanced cancer receiving further medical treatment (Supervisor: Elizabeth Peter)

    Shu-Liu Guo Influence of beliefs about cancer pain and analgesics on pain experience outcomes in Taiwanese patients with lung or colorectal cancer (Supervisor: Doris Howell


    Lisa Seto Palliative end-of-life home care and Chinese immigrants: the meaning of home and negotiations of care (Supervisor: Jan Angus)

    Sheila O’Keefe-McCarthy Pain and anxiety in acute coronary syndrome patients awaiting transfer for diagnostic cardiac catheterization (Supervisor: Michael McGillion)


    Barbara Wilson-Keates Exploring determinants of registered nurses’ trust in their managers (Supervisor: Ann Tourangeau)

    Michelle Lalonde Emotional intelligence and the socialization of new graduate nurses through preceptorship (Supervisor: Linda McGillis Hall)

    Lifeng Fan Factors Influencing Self-Management Education Interventions on Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: A Meta-Analysis of RCT (Supervisor: Souraya Sidani)


    Sheri Price The experience of choosing nursing as a career: narratives from the millennial nurses (Supervisor: Linda McGillis Hall)

    Anne Simmonds Understanding the moral nature of intrapartum nursing: identities, relationships and values (Supervisor: Elizabeth Peter)


    Sona A. Udod Relations of power between staff nurses and nurse managers (Supervisor: Diane Doran)

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