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Christine Covell, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor


About Me


Postdoctoral Training, University of Ottawa, Health Human Resource & Policy Research with the Canadian Health Human Resource Network 

PhD, University of Toronto,  Health Services Research (Faculty of Nursing)

MSN,  California State University, Long Beach 

BSN, California State University, Long Beach 


Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship 

Canadian Health Human Resource Network Postdoctoral Fellowship 

Ontario Health Human Resource Research Network Postdoctoral Fellowship


Research Areas and Interests

Dr. Covell's research area is health human resources and policy. She is trained in mixed-methods, review methodologies and quantitative methods with advanced statistics. During her doctoral studies she developed and tested the middle-range theory of nursing intellectual capital which conceptualizes the contribution of nurses' human capital to patient and cost-related organizational outcomes. Christine's postdoctoral training and collaborations with social scientists from the fields of sociology, economics and management have extended her research program to include studies that explore the intersection of human capital, immigration and gender on the employability of degree-prepared immigrants such as Canadian-educated international students and internationally educated health professionals. The findings from her research have implications for policy development at the regulatory, organizational and governmental levels.

Recent Research Projects (Selected)

Designed to Stay: Canadian-Educated International Students as Future Permanent Residents. Principal Investigator. Funding Agency: Social Science and Humanities Research Council. Insight Development Grant ($61,672; 2017-2019)

Healthy & Productive Knowledge Workers: The Impact of a Personal or Familial Mental Health Issue in Health Care, Education and Accounting/IT Professions & Accommodating Return to Work. Health and Productive Work -Partnership Development Grant. Co-applicant. Funding Agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Canadian Institutes of Health Research ($150,000; 2016-2018).

Systematic Review to Update Nursing Intellectual Capital Theory and to Develop a Comprehensive Measure. Principal Investigator. Funding Agency: University of Alberta Faculty Establishment Grant ($16,500; 2016-2019)

Canadian Health Workforce Conference 2016: Optimizing the Canadian Health Workforce. Principal Applicant: Bourgeault, I. Role: Co-applicant. Funding Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Knowledge Translation Grant ($25,000, 2016-2017)

The Study-Migration Pathway: Understanding the Factors that Influence the Employment and Retention of International Students as Regulated Health Professionals in Canada. Principal Investigator. Funding Agency: Pathways to Prosperity (P2P) Partnership funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council ($7,500; 2014-2015).

Factors that Support the Successful Integration and Retention of Internationally Educated Nurses into the Canadian Healthcare Systems: A Mixed Methods, Multiphase Study. Co-Principal Investigator (Phase I - Quantitative Lead). Funding Agency: Health Canada ($249,595; 2013-2015).


Dr. Covell is available to supervise undergraduate and graduates students who are interested in theory development and testing, health human resources (such as nurses) and their influence on patient and organizational outcomes, building labour workforce (professional integration of immigrants and international students) and their implications for immigration, organizational and regulatory policy.

Dr. Covell teaches Nursing Research and Program Planning.

Volunteer opportunities available for students to participate in research. Please contact Dr. Covell by email.