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Greta G. Cummings, PhD, RN, FCAHS, FAAN

Dean, Professor


About Me

Dr. Cummings was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Nursing for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2017.

Dr. Cummings is passionate about relational nursing leadership that empowers individuals, teams, and organizations to achieve shared goals. In the CLEAR Outcomes (Connecting Leadership, Education & Research) Research Program, we focus on building and disseminating a body of evidence about approaches to nursing and healthcare leadership that influence differential outcomes for the healthcare workforce, healthcare system and ultimately, for patients (including residents and clients) in the health system. 


  • PhD Nursing, University of Alberta (2003)
  • MEd (Admin), University of Alberta (1986)
  • BScN, Queen's University (1979)


  • 2014 – 2017 Adjunct Professor School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
  • 2014 – 2016 Immediate Past President, Board of Directors, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care
  • 2015 Visiting Scholar, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 2012 – 2015 Board Member, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
  • 2010 – 2014 President, Board of Directors, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care
  • 2010 – 2012 President-Elect, Board of Directors, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care
  • 2014 Northern Communities Health Foundation Visiting Professor, Adelaide, Australia
  • 2013 Helen Glass Researcher in Residence, Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba, MB, Canada
  • 2012 Distinguished Visiting Scholar, School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
  • 2011 Visiting Professor, University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto, College of Nursing, Ribeirao Close, Brazil


  • 2015 Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Hall of Fame
  • 2014 Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
  • 2014 Highly Cited Researcher – Social Sciences, Thomson Reuters
  • 2013 – 2020 Centennial Professor, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • 2006 – 2013 Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, Population Health Investigator
  • 2011 Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
  • 2006 – 2011 Canadian Institutes of Health Research, New Investigator
  • 2010 Order of Merit for Research, Canadian Nurses Association
  • 2008 Excellence in Nursing Research, Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing
  • 2008 Award of Excellence in Research, CARNA
  • 2003 – 2005 Best Dissertation, American Organization of Nurse Executives


Dr. Cummings is principal investigator of the Connecting Leadership Education & Research (CLEAR) Outcomes Program, which focuses on the development of leadership by individuals and organizations to achieve better outcomes for healthcare providers and patients. 

She is one of 3,215 Highly Cited Researchers in 2014, ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication.

Current Grants as PI

  • 2016 – 2017 Canadian Frailty Network: Anticipatory Long-term care Electronic Resident Triage (ALERT) tool for Canadian Long-term Care Homes ($100,000) Grinman M (PI), Cummings GG (co-PI), Human T, Kallan L, Mofatt D, Pattullo ALS, Sinnarajah A, Wong H, Wu R, Ying I, Welch P, Feldman S
  • 2016 – 2017 CIHR: Development of Quality Indicators for Older Persons' Transitions across Care Settings: A Systematic Review and Delphi Process ($100,000) Cummings GG (PI); Holroyd-Leduc J (co-PI); Anderson C, Estabrooks CA, Gordon D, Latoszek K, Reid RC, Rowe BH.

Current Grants as co-investigator

  • 2016 – 2020 CIHR: Team Grant - Late Life Issues Seniors: Adding Life to Years (SALTY) (CIHR-$1,397,931, Partner Funding-$637,500) Keefe J (PI), Estabrooks CA (Co-PI), Andrew M, Armstrong H, Armstrong P, Aubrecht K, Berta W, Bourgeault I, Braedley S, Burger F, Cloutier-Fisher D, Cummings GG, Daly T, Gruneir A, Hoben M, Marshall E, McGregor M, Norton PG, Poss J, Stajduhar K, Cook H, English P, Grabusic C, Hillmer M, Schalm C, Silvius JU, Stevens S, Taylor D, Teare G, MacDonald L, Fifield H, Findlay E, Forbes F, Janz T, Kjorven M, lePair Y, Lynam C, Mann J, Nicol J, Norman K, Waugh J 
  • 2016 – 2019 CIHR: Safer Care for Older People in (residential) Environments (SCOPE) ($913,577) Wagg AS, Estabrooks CA, Andersen E, Anderson M, Anderson R, Baunbusch J, Berta WB, Clement F, Cranley L, Cummings GG, Dearing J, Doupe M, Ginsburg L, Holroyd-Leduc J, Keefe J, Knopp-Sihota J, Lanham H, McGregor M, Norton P, Profetto-McGrath J, Reid C, Senthilselvan S, Smith M, Squires J, Anderson C, Collins M, Dacombe Dewar L, Forbes H, Kozak-Campbell C, Lamont L, McKenzie I, Mansell L, McLeod D, Regier C, Risling E, Taylor D, Thompson G, Trinidad G, Schultz M
  • 2015 – 2018 CIHR: Improving Nursing Home Care through Feedback On PerfoRMance Data (INFORM) ($756,827) Estabrooks C (PI); Wagg A (co-PI); Andersen E, Anderson R, Baumbusch J, Berta W, Doupe M, Keefe J, Cranley L, Cummings GG, Dearing J, Ginsburg L, Hoben M, McGregor M, Norton P, Lanham H, Profetto-McGrath J, Reid C, Senthilselvan A, Smith M, Squires J, Teare G, Thompson G; Anderson C, Anderson M, Bloemink K, Cook H, Collins M, Dacombe Dewar L, Davidson H, Klaasen K, Lamont L, Mansell L, McBain K, Regier C, Risling E, Schalm C, Taylor D, Trinidad G (KUs); Nicklin W, Schulz M (Collaborators)
  • 2014 – 2017 Manitoba Health; British Columbia: Interior Health Authority, Fraser Health Authority, Ministry of Health; CIHR Institute of Aging; Alberta Health Services; Alberta Health: TREC 20 (Translating Research in Elder Care) ($9,800,800) Estabrooks C, Norton P (Co-PIs); Baumbusch J, Berta W, Cummings GG, Doupe M, Ginsburg L, McLeod D, Reid C, Senthilselvan A, Squires J, Wagg A, Dearing J, Bloemink K, Cook H, Mansell L, Schalm C
  • 2014 – 2017 CIHR Partnerships for Health System Improvement (PHSI): Advice Seeking Networks in Residential Long Term Care ($615,000) Estabrooks CA (PI); (PKUs): Cook H, McLeod D; (Co-PIs): Baumbusch J, Doupe M, Keefe J, Wagg A; (Co-As): Berta W, Cranley L, Cummings GG, Dearing J, Ginsburg L, Knopp-Sihota J, McGregor M, Norton P, Profetto-McGrath J, Reid C, Squires J, Teare G, Thompson G; (KUs): Anderson C, Anderson M, Bloemink K, Boudreau D, Collins M, Dacombe Dewar L, Davidson H, Dill D, Forbes H, Lamont L, Mansell L, McBain K, Risling E, Schalm C, Taylor D, Trinidad G; (Collab): Compton G, Hall J, Hayduk L, Lai V, Leach T, MacDougall A, Maisey S, Nicklin W, Schutz M, Senthilselvan A, Sketris I, Waddleton D 
  • 2013 – 2017 SHRF Establishment Grant: Role Stressors and Coping Strategies of Nurse Managers in Acute Care Facilities in Saskatchewan and Alberta ($119,433) Udod S, Cummings GG, Care D
  • 2012 – 2016 Provost for Research University of Sao Paulo, Brazil: Hospital management models and hospital accreditation from the quality improvement perspective ($170,000) Bernardes A, Silvia Gabriel C, Cummings GG, et al.


Dr. Cummings supervises undergraduate and graduate students, and teaches leadership, policy, knowledge translation and research. She mentors graduate students interested in leadership, management policy and other organizational aspects of health care delivery that influence organizational, health care provider, and patient outcomes. In addition to graduate students, she supervises postdoctoral fellows and Honors undergraduate students.