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Elizabeth Papathanassoglou, PhD, MSc, BSN, RN

Professor

Nursing

About Me

Dr Papathanassoglou joined the University of Alberta in 2015. She has been academic faculty member since 1999, and has extensive teaching experience at undergraduate/ graduate education.

Her research interests combine basic science with the nursing management of acutely ill patients. She explores the effects of non-pharmacological, integrative interventions and stress responses in critical care. She studies the role of stress, stress neuropeptides and apoptosis in the pathophysiology of critical illness and multiple organ dysfunction (MODS) and the impact on non-pharmacological and integrative approaches on critically ill patients’ outcomes, including inflammation, pain and delirium. Additionally, she explores issues of inter-professional collaboration, nursing autonomy and clinical decision-making, as well as patients’ rights and ethical aspects of critical care. Another strong area of interest focuses on the phenomenological investigation of the lived experience of patients and nurses in intensive care. She employs a wide range of research methods, including physiological/ laboratory, quantitative and qualitative research.

She is member of the Research Review Committee and Graduate Studies Committee, at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta. Prior to joining the University of Alberta, she served as President, Vice-President and Head of Graduate studies at the Department of Nursing, Cyprus University of Technology.

 

DEGREES/ TRAINING:

  • Postdoctoral Fellow (Neuroendocrinology, Immunology), Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Division of Endocrinology, Boston, MA, USA (1998-1999)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing, Critical Care, Immunology), University of Rochester, School of Nursing Doctoral Program, Rochester, NY, USA (1994-1998)
  • Post Graduate Diploma (Research Methodology), University of Athens School of Nursing, Greece (1992-1993)
  • Master of Science (Health Informatics), Erasmus European Community Inter-University Collaboration Program, EC (1991-1993)
  • Bachelor’s (Nursing), University of Athens School of Nursing, Greece (1987-1991)

 

APPOINTMENTS:

  • Effective July 1st 2019 - Professor - University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing
  • July 2015 – June 2019 - Associate Professor - University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing
  • Nov 2014 – Sep 2015 - Professor (Critical Care Nursing) - Cyprus University of Technology, Department of Nursing
  • June 2009 – Oct 2014 - Associate Professor (Critical Care Nursing) - Cyprus University of Technology, Department of Nursing
  • Feb 2003 – Sep 2009 - Assistant Professor (Critical Care Nursing) - University of Athens Faculty of Nursing, Greece
  • Dec 1999-Jan 2003- Lecturer (Critical Care Nursing) - University of Athens Faculty of Nursing, Greece

 

DISTINCTIONS:

  • Elected ambassador of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN) 2015-2020/ 2020-2024.
  • Representative of WFCCN to Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)- 2020 Sepsis Guidelines review committee (2018-20).
  • Member of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research College of Reviewers (2017- present)
  • World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN) representative to the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA) Network (2016- present)
  • Representative to the Quality improvement Committee Global Sepsis Alliance Network. (2016- present)
  • Elected Board Member GSA (2019-present)

Research

Dr Papathanassoglou’s research interests combine basic science with the nursing management of acutely ill patients. She studies the role of stress, stress neuropeptides and apoptosis in the pathophysiology of critical illness and multiple organ dysfunction (MODS) and the impact on non-pharmacological and integrative approaches on critically ill patients’ outcomes, including inflammation, pain and delirium. Additionally, she explores issues of inter-professional collaboration, nursing autonomy and clinical decision making, as well as patients’ rights and ethical aspects of critical care. Another strong area of interest focuses on the phenomenological investigation of the lived experience of patients and nurses in intensive care and the phenomena of caring, empathy and advocacy. She employs a wide range of research methods, including laboratory, quantitative and qualitative research.

Dr Papathanassoglou also has a record of 105 publications in peer reviewed journals (62 full papers in international journals; 26 full papers in peer-reviewed journals in Greek; 17 research abstracts in international journals), and 14 papers in peer-reviewed conference proceedings. Her published work has received over 1,660 citations (h-index: 21). She is the author of three nursing textbooks in Greek, and co- editor at one international peer-reviewed journal, as well as member of the editorial board of 3 international and 1 national peer-review journals. She has delivered 59 invited lectures at international and national conferences, has presented another 200 papers at international and national conferences, and has received 12 awards for conference papers. She is elected Ambassador of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN) 2015-2020. 

SELECTED CURRENT GRANTS

Principal Investigator

  1. Canadian Institutes of Health Research- Project Scheme. Papathanasoglou, E., Hegadoren, K., Kutsogiannis, J., Norris, C.M., Bagshaw, S.M., Park, T., Rose, L., Skrobik, Y., Stelfox, T. Relaxation for critically ill Patient Outcomes and Stress-coping Enhancement (REPOSE): Clinical Trial of an Integrative Intervention to improve critically ill patients’ outcomes. (Aug 2016- March 2020) ($187,302).
  2. Establishment Grant, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta. Papathanasoglou, E. The effect of stress and relaxation-inducing approaches on critical illness outcomes (Jan 2016-Jan 2019) ($16,500).
  3. Endowment Fund for the Future: Support for the Advancement of Scholarship (EFF-SAS) Research Fund 2018: Relaxation-inducing Integrative therapies in critical care: A survey of Canadian critical care nurses’ practices, knowledge and views ($10,000).
  4. Alberta Innovates. SPOR Support Grant. PI: Papathanassoglou E. Clinical Trial of an Integrative Intervention to improve critically ill patients’ outcomes. ($ 15,000) (Sep 2017-March 2020)
  5. Endowment Fund for the Future: Support for the Advancement of Scholarship (EFF-SAS) Research Fund 2016: Focus Group Investigation of the Barriers, Opportunities and Strategies of Implementing Integrative Therapy Approaches in Critical Care ($5,000)

 

Co-Principal Investigator

  1. Team Grant- Canadian Frailty Network. 2017-2019. Improving ICU-to-Ward Transfers of Care: Evaluation of a KT Tool Kit and ICU Transfer Tool. PIs: Boyd J, Stelfox HT, Bagshaw S, Clement F, Straus S,Forster A,Dodek P, Oxland P, Papathanassoglou E, Parsons Leigh J, Detsky M, Niven D, Vandall-Walker V, Zjadewicz K, Grant C,Rockliff D. ($265,148).
  2. Cyprus University of Technology Faculty grant.Pilot investigation of chronic pain and associated factors in critical illness survivors. Mpouzika M, Papathanassoglou E, Karanikola M. (€ 40,000)
  3. Canadian Institutes of Health Research: Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) – Patient-Oriented Research Collaboration Grants. Improving the caregiver's experience of critical illness with sense-making. Skrobik Y, Davidson J, Page V, Papathanassoglou E. ($10,000).
  4. Team Grant - Late Life Issues. Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). Development and Evaluation of a Family-Partnered Care Pathway for Critically Ill Older Patients. Stelfox HT (PA), Heyland D (PA), Allatt P (CA), Au S (CA), Berg B(CA), Cohen R(CA), Coyle D (CA), Day A (CA), Downar J (CA), Ely W (CA), Fiest K (CA), Gramlich L (CA), Grant C (CA), Harries B (CA), Hartwick M (CA), Holroyd-Leduc J (CA), Jenkins J (CA), Kyeremanteng K (CA), Mourtzakis M (CA), Niven D (CA), Oczkowski S (CA), Papathanasoglou E (CA), Parsons Leigh J (CA), Potestio M (CA), Rahman A (CA), Rockwood K (CA), Roze des Ordons A (CA), Shaw M (CA), Sinclair S (CA), Sinuff T (CA), Skrobik Y (CA), Stajduhar K (CA), Straus S (CA), Thavorn K (CA), Turgeon A (CA), Vandall-Walker V (CA). ($1,388,754)
  5. TVN 2015 Catalyst Grant Program. Development and Testing of a Tool Kit to Improve Discharge from Intensive Care. PI: Stelfox HT. ($100,000)

Teaching

Dr Papathanassoglou has 20 years of teaching experience, at pre- and post-graduate level in the fields of intensive care nursing, research methodology, evidence-based practice, holistic nursing and advanced practice. She has been very active in teaching predominantly at the graduate level.