Post Docs and Students

Masters and PhD

kaitlyn tate

Kaitlyn Tate

I am a doctoral trainee in the PhD Bypass program in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta (UoA) and a PhD Fellow with Alberta Health Continuing Care Branch. I have worked as a Registered Nurse in emergency and continuing care settings. My clinical experience and involvement in research projects with the Older Persons' Transitions in Care branch of the Connecting Leadership, Education and Research (CLEAR) Outcomes program (UoA) has inspired me to pursue my PhD to improve health care delivery for older persons in various care settings.

Sarah hewko
Sarah Hewko

Sarah is a doctoral student working with the CLEAR Outcomes research program. She is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and a Master of Health Administration; both from the University of British Columbia. Sarah completed her post-graduate dietetic internship at Eastern Health in St. John's, Newfoundland. She has experience both as a clinical dietitian and as a manager of clinical dietitians. As part of her doctoral research, Sarah will conduct and participate in research projects that seek to better define the qualities and practices of excellent leaders. She is most interested in performance management methods and their impact on the retention of health care professionals.

Jananee Rasiah, PhD Candidate | MN, RN, PMD:NP

I am a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. I have over 15 years of combined experience in direct clinical practice, administration, post-secondary education, and patient-oriented research. My research experience and interest are in the area of frailty and aging, patient engagement, and patient and family-centred care. For my doctoral research, I will examine the relationship between hospitalization episodes and frailty to inform care practices of community dwelling older adults who receive home care. I want to affect change at both health systems and policy levels in effective, sustainable, and meaningful ways. I am also a Canadian Frailty Network Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow (2019-2020) and am looking forward to learning and advancing research in the area of frailty with citizen members, clinicians, and administrators.

sheila blackstock
Sheila Blackstock

Sheila Blackstock RN, BScN, MScN, COHN is a doctoral student. She has over 30 years of nursing experience ranging from acute care to rural health, Indigenous and occupational health nursing. Her career aspirations since graduating from a diploma nursing program had always been to lecture in nursing education and to combine this with a commitment to Aboriginal health and to improve quality of nursing work environments, focusing on the relationship of organizational workplace structures and processes to horizontal workplace bullying among RNs. She wants to explore the quality of nursing practice environments to determine factors that improve nursing practice environments and contribute to recruitment and retention of Registered Nurses within health care organizations.

Tatiana Penconek Tatiana is a doctoral student working with the CLEAR Outcomes research program. Tatiana recently began the PhD in Nursing program in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. Tatiana is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alberta and a Master's in Nursing from Athabasca University. Tatiana's clinical experience has spanned the acute medical-surgical nursing practice setting. Tatiana is deeply committed to nursing education and has been involved with undergraduate nursing education over the last decade. Tatiana's research focus is on incivility in nursing education and she is interested in the creation and maintenance of civil learning and practice environments. Tatiana plans to participate in research projects, under the guidance of Dr. Cummings, that examine civility in the nursing educational environment.
Laith Laith is a Masters student in the Nursing Leadership stream. Laith worked as a registered nurse for more than six years in departments that include Hematology/oncology, Medical unit, and long-term care. Laith's clinical experiences helped him to recognize the importance of nurse's leadership role in both work environment and the quality of care and that is why he decided to pursue a master's degree. As a part of his research, he will conduct a secondary data analysis to identify the predictors that motivate Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) to remain employed in the nursing profession in Canada.


Past Trainees

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Dr. Susan Armijo-Olivo (02/2013 - 03/2015)
Dr. Carmen Silvia Gabriel (08/2011 - 12/2014)
Dr. Andrea Bernardes (01/2010 - 12/2014)
Dr. Anastasia Mallidou* (09/2008 - 09/2010)
Dr. Karin Minnie (10/2008 - 01/2009)
*co-supervised with Dr. Carole Estabrooks

Master of Nursing (Thesis Supervisor)

Kacey Keyko (09/2012 - 11/2014)
Pam Brown (01/2005 - 04/2010)
Kathy Miller (09/2002 - 06/2008)
How Lee (09/2004 - 11/2007)

Doctoral Students

Dilmi Samaranayake (01/2009-08/2017)

Jennifer Knopp-Sihota (04/2009 - 06/2012)
Tracy Cowden (09/2004 - 06/2011)
Carol Wong (09/2004 - 06/2008)
Petsunee Thungjaroenkul (09/2004 - 10/2006)

Honors Undergraduate /
Summer Studentship

Saige Godberson-Parlin (2016-2017)

Samara Short (2009-2011)
Erin Stafford (2005-2010)
Dana Bratland (2004)

Master of Nursing (Capstone Supervisor)

Helen Tkalcic, Jessica Chong, Sarah Cooper, Micaela Santiago, Lisa Assoignon, Sarah Lartey, Eliza Lo, Denise Brown, Wendy Carey, Linda Paul, Pam Brady-Germain, Cynthia Winfield-Cummings, Ashna Rawji, Brian Carriere, Kelly Wulff, Tim Tsounis, Jennifer Salt, Louise Kashuba, Amanda (Embleton) Davey, Dianne Gruber