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Bukola Oladunni Salami, RN, MN, PhD

Assistant Professor


About Me


  • PhD (Nursing), University of Toronto (2014)
  • MN (Nursing Administration), University of Toronto (2008)
  • BScN (Honors), University of Windsor (2004)

Selected Awards and Distinctions

  • Edmonton's Top 40 under 40
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Award
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Lambda-Pi-At-Large Award of Merit for an Outstanding PhD Thesis
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • Ontario Training Center in Health Service and Policy Research Fellowship – a CIHR Strategic Training Program


My primary area of research is migration and health. I joined the University of Alberta in January 2014 after completing my PhD at the University of Toronto in the area of nurse migration. I also completed the Ontario Training Centre in Health Service and Policy Research Collaborative Program, the International Nursing PhD Program, and the Critical Qualitative Health Research Certificate Program.

My clinical background has been primarily in child health. I was a Registered Nurse on the Hematology/Oncology Unit of the Hospital for Sick Children. Subsequently, I was an interprofessional educator for the New Immigrant Support Network of the Hospital for Sick Children. In this role, I educated health care professionals on social determinants of health, cultural competency, and immigrants’ health. I have a passion for migration and health research, policy and practice.

My community and professional service work is quite diverse. It includes being a board member of Africa Center, a board member of the Edmonton Local Immigrant Partnership, and a public member on the council of the Alberta College of Social Workers.


My current program of research seeks to bridge the gaps between immigration policy and health policy and practices. Although I am largely a qualitative researcher, I employ diverse methodological approaches. I have conducted studies using case study methodology, critical ethnography, quantitative analysis of large data sets, metasynthesis, and scoping reviews. My research is largely situated within the critical social paradigm. In the past, I have used transnationalism, transnational feminist, and postcolonial feminist lens in my research projects. My current research is in the following areas:

  1. Health and well-being of temporary foreign workers
  2. Immigrant child health in Canada

  3. The mental health of immigrants in Canada
  4. International nurse migration

I am particularly interested in how the intersection of gender, race, class, nationality and immigration status influence the health of vulnerable migrant groups in Canada as well as the policy and practice implications.  To effectively tackle the complex issues related to migration and health, I often work within interprofessional teams.  In the past, I have collaborated with individuals with background in women's studies, education, political science, anthropology, sociology, social policy, pediatrics, epidemiology, public health, and statistics as well as immigrant health and social service agencies. In addition, I have an interest in global health research, especially in West Africa.

I am a collaborating researcher with the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development.  

Current Grants

  • Salami, B., Okeke-Ihejirika, P., Yohani, S., Vallianatos, H., Nsaliwa, C., & Ayalew, T. (Sept 2016 to August 2018). Parenting and Mental Health Promotion Practices of African Immigrants in Alberta. M.S.I Foundation. $66,000.
  • Bruce, A., Salami, B. & Guilcher, G. M. (2016 to 2018). (AD)olescents (P)ath through (T)ransplant (S)ickle cell disease (ADaPTS). Women and Children’s Health Research Institute. $50,000
  • Hegadoren, K., Pitre, N., Lasiuk, G., Salami, B. (June 2015 to 2017). A research partnership to investigate domestic violence experienced by immigrant women. Women and Children’s Health Research Institute. $47,480.
  • Okeke-Ihejirika, P., Irinoye, O., Salami, B., Oriola, T. & Obiefune, M. (Jan 2017 to Dec 2017). A pilot study on the experiences of and support services needs of (Boko Haram) internally displaced persons and host communities in Nigeria. Kule Institute for Advanced Studies. $6,997.
  • Luhmann, S. (PI), Dorow, S. (PI), Harder, L. (PI), & Hurley, N. (PI), Bear, T., Salami, B., Da Costa, D., Davidson, J., Hughes, K., Hurd, P., Naomi, K., Mumtaz, Z., Peers, D., Rein, S. (March 2017 to March 2020). Building research at the intersection of gender. Kule Institute for Advanced Studies Research Cluster Grant. $90,000.
  • Thompson, J., Fairbrother, H., Curtis, J., Kilkey, M., John-Langba, J., De-Graft Aikins, A., Salami, B., Spencer, G., Cavanagh, S. J., Choi, S. Y. P. (Jan 2017 – Dec 2017). Hidden voices: Exploring the health experiences of children who migrate. Worldwide Universities Network Research Development Fund. £ 36,298 pounds
  • Santos Salas, A., Duggleby, W., Watanabe, S., & Salami, B. (2016 to 2017). Symptom relief needs and preferences of low income residents with advanced cancer: A case study. University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing Maurice and Edna Marie Minton Endowment Fund for Cancer Nursing Research. $10,000.
  • Salami, B., Hegadoren, K., Bautista, L., Ben-Shlomo, Y., Diaz, E., Rammohan, A., Meherali, S., Nsaliwa, C., Chiu, Y. Ellison, G. (March 2016 to 2017). Relationship between lifestyle behaviours, social determinants of health, and mental health in Canadian immigrants across the life course. Alberta Center for Child, Family, and Community Research Grant. $40,000.
  • Okeke-Ihejirika, P., & Salami, B. (March 2016 to August 2017).  A scoping review of the literature on intimate partner violence in Africa and African immigrant communities in western industrialized countries. Killam Grant. $6,025
  • Salami B. (March 2014 to 2017). Developing a program of research to strengthen the well-being of live-in caregivers, care recipients, and employers (i.e. family caregivers): A stakeholder consultation. Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta Establishment Grant. $16,500


In the year 2016/2017, I am teaching the following courses: graduate course on "Migration and Health in the Canadian Context"; graduate course on "Public Policy and Nursing Leadership"; undergraduate interprofessional course on "Interprofessional Team Development: Immigrant Health". In the past, I have also taught community health nursing. I enjoy mentoring and supervising graduate students and honors students in the area of immigrant health and global health.