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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

  • Sigma Theta Tau International Emerging Nurse Researcher Award 2018
  • 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women 2018
  • Edmonton's Top 40 under 40 2016
  • 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 on 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.


I am the principal investigator for the Health and Immigration Policies and Practices Research Program. 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, participatory action research, 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, intersectionality, 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. African immigrant health and well being

  3. Immigrant child health

  4. The mental health of immigrants in Canada
  5. 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, dentistry, 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., Salma, J., Ayalew, T., Samuel, B., Jackson M., Harvey-Blankenship, M. (2018 to 2019). A participatory action research project to promote the mental health of African, Black and Caribbean youths in Alberta. PolicyWise for Children and Families. $40,000
  •  Salami, B. (PI), Okeke-Ihejirika, P., Sharifzadeh-Amin, M., Yohani, S., & Ladha, T. (2018 to 2019). Access to healthcare for immigrant children in Alberta. Killam Cornerstone Grant. $48,750.
  • Salami, B. & Salma, J. (Jan 2018 to Dec 2018). Identifying the needs for healthy ageing in Muslim immigrant communities in Edmonton. University of Alberta Endowment Fund for the Future Support for the Advancement of Scholarship Research Fund. EFF-SAS. $5,000
  • Dahlan, R., Amin, M., Kornerup, T., Saltaji, H., & Salami, B. (2018 to 2019). Caries experience and oral health behaviors of immigrant children in the context of acculturation and social support. Oral Health Community Engagement Fund (OHCEF), University of Alberta. $5,000.
  • Amin, M., Riedy, C. A., Salami, B. Dahlan, R., & Chiu, Y. (2017 to 2018). Oral health of immigrants’ children in context of acculturation and social support. Alliance for Cavity Free Future Canada-United States 2017 Interprofessional Grant. $25,000
  • Salami, B. (PI), Meherali, S., Senthilselvan, A., Georgaiades, K., Yohani, S., Diaz, E., Hegadoren, K., Toosi, A., Begashaw, L., Sandowicz, A. (2017 to 2019). Mental health of immigrant children in Canada: Evidence from the Canadian Health Measures Survey and Parent Interviews in Alberta. Women and Children’s Health Research Institute Innovation Grant. $50,000
  • Salami, B. (PI), Foster, J. (Co-I), Vallianatos, H. (Co-I), Okeke-Ihejirika, P. (Co-I), Piper, N. (Collaborator), Luciano, M. (Collaborator), & Juen, J. (Collaborator). (2017 to 2020). Migration and precarity: From the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to permanent resident, student and undocumented migrant status. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant. $197,145. Matching fund from Kule Institute for Advanced Studies. An additional $3,000
  • Salami, B. (PI), Okeke-Ihejirika, P., Yohani, S., Vallianatos, H., Nsaliwa, C., Ayalew, T., Mohamud, H., & Alaazi, D. (June 2017 to May 2018). Strengthening parenting practices of African immigrants in Alberta: Mobilizing African immigrant communities and developing a research team. Kule Institute for Advanced Studies Research Team Grant. $5,700.
  • Okeke-Ihejirika, P. (PI), Salami, B., Yohani, S. (2017 to 2020). Transforming gender relations among African immigrants in Alberta - A participatory action study. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant. $201,981. Matching fund from Kule Institute for Advanced Studies. An additional $3,000
  • Santos-Salas, A., Bablitz, C., Duggleby, W., Watanabe, S., & Salami, B. (2017 to 2019). Symptom relief and palliative care for inner city populations in Edmonton: A pilot intervention. MSI Foundation Research Grant. $100,000
  • 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. (2017 to 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
  • Okeke-Ihejirika, P., Irinoye, O., Salami, B., Oriola, T. & Obiefune, M. (Feb 2017 to Dec 2017). A pilot study on the experiences of and support services needs of internally displaced persons and host communities in Nigeria. Kule Institute for Advanced Studies. $6,997.
  • Salami, B., Okeke-Ihejirika, P., Yohani, S., Vallianatos, H., Nsaliwa, C., & Ayalew, T. (2016 to 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 Innovation Grant. $50,000
  • Santos Salas, A., Duggleby, W., Watanabe, S., & Salami, B. (2016 to 2018). 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.
  • Hegadoren, K., Pitre, N., Lasiuk, G., Salami, B. (2015 to 2018). A research partnership to investigate domestic violence experienced by immigrant women. Women and Children’s Health Research Institute. $47,480.


In the past, I have taught the following courses: graduate course on "Migration and Health in the Canadian Context"; "graduate course on International and Intercultural Perspective on Health"' graduate course on "Public Policy and Nursing Leadership"; undergraduate interprofessional course on "Interprofessional Team Development: Immigrant Health"; an undergraduate course on "Community Health Nursing".