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Amy Toosi, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Nursing

About Me

I immigrated to Canada in 1999 and returned to school to obtain a degree in nursing and then continued with graduate studies. I realize that there are many other immigrants who continue to struggle through adversity, often with limited support, while trying to integrate to a new country. As a result, I have decided to make it my personal and professional goal to focus on the health and wellbeing of international migrants, especially women and children.

I have worked in a variety of healthcare settings (acute, long-term, and community-based care) and in different capacities (Midwife, RN, LPN, and Health Care Aide) in three countries (Canada, U.S.A., and Iran). My academic involvements include both teaching and administrative roles such as Associate Dean, Certified Nurse Aide Program Director, Nursing Lab Simulation Coordinator, Assistant Professor, Nursing Instructor, and Adjunct Faculty member. 


Degrees:

PhD in Nursing, University of Alberta (2016)

BSc. Nursing (Honors), York University (2006)

Midwifery Degree, Islamic Azad University (1994) 

Teacher Assistant Certificate, Dastgheyb High School (1991)



Research

My IMMACH (International Migrant Maternal And Child Health) research program reflects my clinical background and personal interests. My program of research focuses on improvements in maternal and child health outcomes for international migrants. The goal of my research program focuses on critical gaps in current health services in three areas – determinants, consequences and early interventions; all of which can improve health outcomes for international migrant children and prevent and reduce risk of long-term health complications in adulthood. 


Research Grants:

Toosi, A. (2018-2020). Valid Instruments specifically for International Migrant Populations: A Systematic Literature Review. Faculty of Nursing Research Establishment Grant ($16,500)


Richter, S. Vallianatos, H. Toosi, A. (2017-2019). Intersection of place, social connectedness, income, culture and health: Experiences and perceptions of female economic migrants in Canada, Women and Children’s Health Research Institute ($50,000)


Salami, B., Hegadoren. K., Senthilselvan, A., Yohani, S., Georgiades, K., Diaz, E. (PIs), Meherali, s. Toosi, A. Begashaw, L. & Sadowicz, A. (Collaborators) (2017-2019). Mental Health of Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Children in Canada: Evidence from the Canadian Health Measures Survey and Parent Interviews in Alberta, Women and Children’s Health Research Institute ($50,000)


Kingston, D., Toosi, A., Hegadoren, K. (2013-2014). Folic Acid Use in Immigrant Women, Food and Health Initiative, University of Alberta, ($30,000)


Selected Awards, Grants, and Honors:

Nursing Undergraduate Association, University of Alberta, Outstanding Foundational Course Instructor, Student Choice Award (2017)

Mu Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Education and Research Award, $1800 (2015- 2016)

University of Alberta, Endowment Fund for the Future for the Support for the Advancement of Scholarship Student Publication Award (EFF-SAS SPA), $2000 (2016) 

International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals & Health Services (HPH), Award for Scientific Level Abstract (2015)

University of Alberta, Mary Louise Imrie Graduate Student Award, $1300 (2015)

Women & Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI), Graduate Studentship Grant, $48,000 (2014-2016)

University of Alberta, Nursing Graduate Studies Scholarship, $75,000 (2012-2014)

York University, Magna Cum Laude (2006) 


Publications:

Toosi, A., McDonald, S., Kingston, D., & Richter, S. (2018). Factors associated with early development for children with foreign-born versus Canadian-born parents: A cohort study. Clinical Health Promotion – Research & Best Practice for Patients, Staff and Community (submitted for review, August 2018).


Toosi, A. Kingston, D., McDonald, S., & Richter, S. (2018). Comparing early development between children with foreign-born and Canadian-born parents: A cohort study. Clinical Health Promotion – Research & Best Practice for Patients, Staff and Community (submitted for review, August 2018).


Toosi, A., Richter, S., Kingston, D., & McDonald, S. (2018). An overview of research on children from immigrant families: Challenges and trends. Clinical Health Promotion – Research & Best Practice for Patients, Staff and Community (submitted for review, August 2018).


Toosi, A., Richter, S., & Woytowich, B. (2016). Theoretical perspectives on issues and interventions related to migrant re-settlement in Canada. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1043659616660361


Toosi, A., & Hegadoren, K. (2015). Increasing awareness about the benefits of a periconceptional multivitamin containing folic acid among international migrant women. Clinical Health Promotion – Research & Best Practice for Patients, Staff and Community, 5(2), 57-58.


Kingston, D., Biringer, A., Toosi, A., Heaman, M., Lasiuk, G., McDonald, S., Kingston, J., Sword, W., Jarema, K., & Austin, M-P. (2015). Disclosure during prenatal mental health screening. Journal of Affective Disorders, 186, 90-94. 


Toosi, A., & Hegadoren, K. (2015). Increasing awareness about the benefits of a peri-conceptional multivitamin in international migrant women. Clinical Health Promotion Journal, 5 (Supplement 1), 20.


Selected Presentations:

Toosi, A. (2017, November). Early childhood development in children of international migrant families. International Conference on Nursing & Health Care, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Keynote Speaker)


Toosi, A., McDonald, S., Kingston, D., & Richter, S. (2016, November). How are the children from foreign-born parents developing in Canada and why? Women & Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI) 9th Annual Research Day, Edmonton, Canada. (Oral presentation)


Toosi, A., Kingston, D., & Hegadoren, K. (2015, June). Increasing awareness about the benefits of a peri-conceptional multivitamin containing folic acid among international migrant women. International Council of Nurses, Seoul, Republic of Korea. (Oral presentation)


Toosi, A., & Hegadoren, K. (2015, June). Increasing awareness about the benefits of a peri-conceptional multivitamin containing folic acid among international migrant women. 23rd International Conference on Health Promoting Hospitals & Health Services (HPH), Oslo, Norway. (Oral presentation)



Teaching

I have taught many courses at different levels within different programs (Certified Nurse Assistant, Phlebotomy, Licensed Practical Nurse, Associate Degree in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, After Degree and Master of Nursing) through diverse methods (Tutorial, Lab, Clinical, Seminar, and Lecture). 

Courses taught at the University of Alberta: Introduction to Nursing Theory (NURS 103), Pathophysiology (NURS 113), and Guided Scholarly Project (NURS 900). 

My expertise is in Quantitative Research Methodology, Statistical Analysis, and International Migrant Health.