Diane Kunyk

Diane Kunyk, RN, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing and Associate Adjunct Professor with the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre at the University of Alberta. Diane is interested in ethics, particularly relational ethics, as it informs health policy relating to addiction and mental illness. Her current research areas include healthcare professionals with addiction and incorporating addiction treatment into primary care settings. Diane’s clinical expertise is in community and public health nursing.

Selected Publications

Kunyk, D. & Els, C. (2012). Health Care Under the Influence: Substance Use Disorders in the Health Professions. In Mental Illness. L. L’Abate (Ed.). INTECH.

Els, C., Kunyk, D., & Sidhu, D. (2011). "Smoking cessation and neuropsychiatric adverse events: Are Family Physicians caught between a rock and a hard place?" Canadian Family Physician, In Press.

Kunyk, D. & Austin, W. (2011). Nursing Under the Influence: A Relational Ethics Perspective. Nursing Ethics.

Kunyk, D.
, Els., C. & Robinson Hughes, J. (2010). Substance-related disorders. In Psychiatric Nursing for Canadian Practice. 2nd. Ed. W. Austin (Ed). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Els, C. & Kunyk, D. (2010). Treating tobacco addiction as a chronic medical condition. Canadian Journal of Respiratory Therapy, 46(3).

Kunyk, D.
& Els, C. (2009). Duties and opportunities when mental health facilities ban smoking. Smoking Cessation Rounds, 3(5). 1-5.

Els, C., Kunyk, D., & McColl, L. (2009). Benefits and risks of tobacco cessation: the fundamental importance of cessation must be reccognized. Smoking Cessation Rounds, 3(4), 1-6.


Diane Kunyk