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Miriam Stewart, RN, PhD



About Me


  • PhD, Dalhousie University (1988)
  • MN, Dalhousie University (1976)
  • BScN, McMaster University, (1967)

Selected Achievements

  • 2011 - Health Senior Investigator Award and Research Prize, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research / Alberta Innovates: Health Solutions 
  • 2008 - Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Academy of Social Sciences (Academy II)
  • 2008 - Recipient of Canadian Nurses Association Centennial Award (May 2008) – Award recognizes exceptional contributions by 100 nurses in Canada representing the previous 100 years

Dr. Miriam Stewart is Professor in the Faculty of Nursing and School of Public Health. She is a Health Senior Scholar, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research and a former Medical Research Council of Canada and National Health Research Development Program (MRC/NHRDP) Scholar. Dr. Stewart was Director and Chair of the Centre for Health Promotion Studies University of Alberta (1997- April 2001); Director of the Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre (1992-1997); and, co-principal investigator and co-creator of the Maritime Centre of Excellence on Women's Health (1996-2000). The two health promotion research centres facilitated over 100 studies during her directorship.

Following an international review, Dr. Stewart was appointed as the inaugural Scientific Director of the national research institute devoted to the study of gender at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. In this capacity, she launched numerous strategic research initiatives, built research capacity, fostered innovative knowledge translation strategies, and attracted over 89 million dollars in partnerships internal and external to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research as lead or partner Institute


Dr. Stewart's research programs emphasize social determinants of health and relevance to policies and programs for vulnerable populations (e.g. low income, homeless, family caregivers, disabled, immigrants, and refugees). In the research programs and research centres, she has focused on building research capacity; mobilizing interdisciplinary and multi-site research teams; creating research infrastructures; and, establishing partnerships with public, practice and policy domains. She has published extensively including five books, 182 articles and research reports and 29 chapters, and has given more than 550 research-relevant presentations at national and international scholarly conferences/symposia.

Current Grants

  • Stewart, M., Latycheva, O. Masuda, J., King, M., Castleden, H., Evans, J., Letourneau, N., Levinson, A., To, T., McGhan, S., Beanlands, H. Promoting health equity for vulnerable populations affected by asthma and allergies. AllerGen NCE, $240,000 (2012-2017)
  • Stewart, M. (PI) Makwarimba, E. (Co-PI), Letourneau, N., Kushner, K., Shizha, E., Dennis, CL. Social support intervention for Sudanese and Zimbabwean refugee new parents. Alberta Centre for Child, Family, and Community Research $99,100 (2011-2014)
  • Stewart, M. (PI) Spitzer D., Letourneau, N., Kushner, K., Shizha, E., Dennis, CL. Social support intervention for Sudanese and Zimbabwean refugee new parents. SSHRC $234,571 (2011-2014)