McMaster University

Workshop - Tutors

Denise Bryant-Lukosius, RN, PhD

Denise Bryant-Lukosius, RN, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Department of Oncology at McMaster University where she is also the Senior Scientist for the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation and Canadian Institute of Health Research Chair Program in Advanced Practice Nursing (APN).

Dr. Bryant-Lukosius also holds a joint Nurse Clinician Scientist position as the founding director of the Canadian Centre of Excellence in Oncology Advanced Practice Nursing (OAPN) at the Juravinski Cancer Centre and Hamilton Health Sciences.

Dr. Bryant-Lukosius has Canadian Nurses Association certification in oncology and over 25 years of experience as an oncology nurse, predominately as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in hematology/oncology and prostate cancer.

Working in partnership with regional cancer programs, Cancer Care Ontario, McMaster University, and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, she has created a comprehensive program of research on the effective development and utilization of oncology APN roles. The findings of this research have informed provincial and national policies and the development and evaluation of system-wide interventions and programs to improve the introduction of APN roles.

Nancy Carter, RN, PhD

Nancy Carter, RN, PhD is s CHSRF/CIHR Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Program for Policy Decision-Making, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Development, McMaster University and the School of Nursing at the University of Alberta, and Junior Faculty Member for the CHSRF/CIHR Chair in Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) at McMaster University. Dr. Carter's developing program of research is focused on knowledge transfer and exchange strategies for nursing administrators, and the dissemination of APN information and research evidence. She teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Nursing at McMaster University.

Donna Ciliska, RN, PhD

Donna Ciliska, RN, PhD is a Professor in the School of Nursing at McMaster University. She is currently the Scientific Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools, for knowledge translation in public health; Director of the Effective Public Health Practice Project, a systematic review group regarding public health practice; and Co-Principal Investigator of the McMaster Evidence Review Centre for the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Services.

Donna has authored several papers and co-edited two text books on Evidence-Based Nursing, and for 12 years was an editor of the journal Evidence-Based Nursing.

Alba DiCenso, RN, PhD

Alba DiCenso, RN, PhD holds the CHSRF/CIHR Chair in Advanced Practice Nursing and is a Professor in the School of Nursing and the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She is also the Director of the Ontario Training Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (OTC). Dr. DiCenso's mandate during her 10-year Nursing Chair is to increase Canada's capacity of nurse researchers who will conduct applied research related to advanced practice nursing (APNs) that serves the needs of managers and policy makers in the health sector. As the OTC Director, she leads a consortium of 6 universities working collaboratively with policy makers to offer training for graduate students in health services and policy research. Dr. DiCenso chaired the panel that developed the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario Toolkit for Implementing Clinical Practice Guidelines. From 1998 to 2003, Dr. DiCenso was the lead editor of the Evidence-Based Nursing Journal and she is the lead editor of a textbook: Evidence-Based Nursing: A Guide to Clinical Practice published by Elsevier. In 2008, Dr. DiCenso was one of 100 recipients of a Centennial Award presented by the Canadian Nurses Association.

Maureen Dobbins, RN, PhD

Maureen Dobbins, RN, PhD is an associate professor in the School of Nursing at McMaster University and a career scientist of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Her research is focused on understanding knowledge translation and exchange among public health decision makers in Canada. Studies have included: identification of barriers and facilitators to research utilization; understanding the information needs of public health decision makers at the local, provincial and federal level; evaluating the use of systematic reviews in provincial policies; exploring where research evidence fits into the decision-making process; evaluating the impact of knowledge transfer strategies, and exploring knowledge brokering in public health units in Ontario.

Rebecca Ganaan, RN, BScN, MSc

Rebecca Ganann RN, BScN, MSc is a Lecturer and Research Coordinator in the School of Nursing at McMaster University, Hamilton. She is also in the process of completing a PhD in Nursing at McMaster and is a recipient of a CIHR Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. She teaches in the Professional Community Nursing Practice and Service Learning courses in the undergraduate nursing program. Her research interests include population and public health, immigrant women's health, perinatal health, addressing health inequities, and evidence-informed practice and policy.

Susan Jack, RN, PhD

Susan Jack, RN, PhD is an Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Associate Member, Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University. Following a clinical and administrative career in public health nursing, Dr. Jack completed her PhD (Clinical Health Sciences) at McMaster University followed by a CHSRF/CIHR funded Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University and the Knowledge Utilization Studies Program, University of Alberta. Dr. Jack's program of research is focused on: 1) community approaches to the prevention of family violence; and 2) exploring processes to facilitate research utilization in different organizational contexts. She has expertise in developing and conducting qualitative and mixed methods research studies. She has taught the principles of critical appraisal to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professional health care providers since 2003.

Sharon Kaasalainen, RN, PhD

Sharon Kaasalainen, RN, PhD began with the School of Nursing in 1997 as a Teaching Assistant; in 2002 she joined the School full-time as an Assistant Professor. She is also an Associate member of the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster. She teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs and is a member of the Graduate Program Curriculum Innovation Committee. Sharon has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto and a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Health Sciences from McMaster University.

Sharon's research activities have focused on different aspects of gerontology, including program evaluations, caregiver support initiatives, loneliness and social isolation, improving adherence in patients with cognitive impairment, and more recently, pain management. She began her research in the area of pain management in Saskatoon, SK, over a decade ago, working with a multidisciplinary team to develop a behavioral observation tool to assess for pain in noncommunicative elderly. Her PhD work was a continuation of this research which examined the psychometric properties of this behavioral observation tool as well as three verbal report scales for use in an elderly population. Sharon completed a CHSRF Postdoctoral Fellowship with a focus on the role of the NP around pain management in long-term care. Currently, she holds an Ontario MoHLTC Career Scientist Award is involved in a number of projects aimed at improving pain management in long-term care with particular focus on advanced practice nursing and effective knowledge transfer strategies.

Jenny Ploeg, RN, PhD

Jenny Ploeg, RN, PhD is Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and associate member in the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University. She currently holds a mid- career award from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care on Exploring Nursing Approaches to Support Older Adults and their Caregivers. Dr. Ploeg has been very active in evaluating the implementation of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario Best Practice Guidelines over the past 10 years. She has published papers using a variety of qualitative and quantitative approaches.

Jennifer Yost, RN, PhD

Jennifer Yost RN, PhD has recently joined the School of Nursing at McMaster University as a Post-Doctoral Student. As part of her Post-Doctoral work she is responsible for coordinating the Canadian Centre for Evidence-Based Nursing (CCEBN), including the Evidence-Informed Decision Making (EIDM) Workshop. She has been teaching the principles of critical appraisal to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and health care professionals since 2005.