Dr. Kunyk is interested in the theoretical and applied aspects of ethics, particularly relational and organizational ethics, health policy and health systems as these relate to the health and well-being of populations (including health professionals). Her research goals are to advance the theoretical basis of health policy and to translate research findings in ways that provide practical solutions for improving health.
In this work, Dr. Kunyk employs quantitative, qualitative and systematic review methodologies. Substantive areas have included include professional regulation, occupational health, addiction and tobacco control.
Dr. Kunyk's professional background is in community, population and public health nursing with a particular focus on policy and program planning. This experience has exposed her to the ethical considerations and consequences (intended and unintended) of health policy and organization action in terms of vulnerability, disparities, power imbalances and/or stigma.