Knowledge Utilization Studies Program


The following academics are or have been involved with Dr. Estabrooks in a variety of research programs.

Faculty of Nursing Health Systems Area of Excellence

Area of ExcellenceThe Faculty of Nursing at the U of A is organized into 4 Areas of Excellence: Chronicity, Health Equity, Health Systems and Nursing Education. Dr. Estabrooks and colleagues front row l-r: Dr. Shannon Scott, Dr. Greta Cummings, Dr. Carole Estabrooks, Bailey Sousa (Project Coordinator, NRO) back row l-r: Dr. Susan Slaughter, Dr. Joanne Profetto-McGrath and Dr. Kimberly Fraser are members of the Health Systems AoE. The primary focus is the development of knowledge to guide evidence-based practice and evidence-informed decision-and policy making across health care sectors.

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Associates at the University of Alberta

Greta Cummings is a Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. Her areas of focus are leadership science, health services research, policy development, organizational decision making, and structural equation modeling. Go to to learn more about Dr. Cummings research program.

Leslie Hayduk is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Alberta. He has published two books and several methodological/statistical articles related to structural equation modeling. He is interested in, and teaches, social psychology from a physiological perspective. He is an active participant on SEMNET and he is on the editorial board of Structural Equation Modeling.


Jayna Holroyd-Leduc is the Scientific Director of the AHS Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network (SCN), responsible for the SCN research strategy and for championing a broader provincial health research agenda for seniors within Alberta. She also possesses substantial clinical expertise working with Elders.


Chuck Humphrey has been the Data Library Coordinator at the University of Alberta since 1992. Mr. Humphrey helped to organize a federated membership in the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), which involves ten member libraries with the University of Alberta as the hub. He is involved in many teaching and training endeavors, and is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Public Data Users (CAPDU) and was a leader of the successful Data Liberation Initiative (DLI).

Joanne Profetto-McGrath is a Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta, as well as the first Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Center for Knowledge Transfer. She has had a wide variety of roles in the clinical and educational setting. Her doctoral thesis focused on the critical thinking skills and dispositions of baccalaureate nursing students. Some of her special achievements and awards include the CHSRF/CIHR Post-doctoral Fellowship Award (2002-2004), the AHFMR Health Research Career Renewal Award (2002-2004), and a Faculty of Nursing Nominee for the AARN Award for Nursing Excellence in Education (2002).

Susan Slaughter

Susan Slaughter is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. Her program of research has a dual focus: to optimize the functional ability and minimize excess disability of older adults with dementia, and to promote the sustainable use of research through knowledge translation interventions. Dr. Slaughter has extensive experience as a clinical nurse specialist integrating gerontological nursing practice, consultation, education, research, and program development.
Adrian Wagg was appointed as Professor of Healthy Ageing and Division Director for Geriatric Medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada in 2010. He has an academic and clinical interest in urinary incontinence, quality improvement and clinical effectiveness and has published widely on many aspects of incontinence in older people nationally and internationally. His interests are in incontinence in the elderly, the effects of medication and co-morbidity on continence status and the epidemiology and aetiology of incontinence in the elderly. He was the Chairman of the International Consultation on Incontinence committee on management of incontinence in frail older people, ran the National Clinical Audits of Continence Care in England and Wales and is General Secretary Elect of the International Continence Society.

Associates from other Institutions

Tracey Bucknall is an Associate Professor and executive director of the Victorian Centre for Nursing Practice Research. Dr. Bucknall is a registered nurse with 15 years of clinical experience, specializing in critical care nursing. Her research focus areas include acute care, advanced nursing practice, clinical decision making, clinical outcomes, critical care nursing, evidence- based practice and survey methodology.

Lisa Cranley is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.

Harley Dickinson is a Professor and head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan. He has taught at the University of Saskatchewan since 1983 and is the co-principal investigator for the multi-disciplinary, community based research project on the Sustainability and the Semi-Arid Prairie Eco-System (PECOS). Dr. Dickinson's areas of specialty are sociological theory, education and work, and health and health care.

Sue Dopson is a Rhodes Trust Professor in Organizational Behaviour, a fellow of the Green Templeton College and Dean of Research Degrees at the Said Business School, University of Oxford. Her primarily research focus is health care studies. She has published several books and over 70 articles on developments in public sector management, leadership in health services as well as innovation and change. 

Diane Doran is a Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, where she also hold a Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Nursing Senior Researcher Award. She is Deputy Director of the Nursing Health Services Research Unit, University of Toronto site, and an adjunct professor at the School of Nursing, Queens University, and the School of Nursing, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. She has recognized expertise in health services research, outcomes measurement, patient safety, and e-Health. She has worked extensively with policy makers from Health Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, with Ontario homecare agencies at both the CCAC and provider agency level, and she is currently engaged with industry partners, all of whom are collaborators and sponsors of e-health research projects. Dr. Doran is also co-leading a national emerging team in home care patient safety research, funded by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.

Jeremy Grimshaw is the Director of the Clinical Epidemiology Programme of the Ottawa Health Research Institute and Director of the Center for Best Practice, Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa. He holds a Tier 1 Canadian Research Chair in Health Knowledge Transfer and Uptake and is a Full Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa. He is a leader in knowledge translation research in four key areas: systematic reviews of interventions to improve health service delivery and systems; evaluation of KT strategies; development of a theoretical basis for KT; and a situational analysis of Canadian KT activities.

Deb Kenny is a Nurse Researcher at the Nursing Research Services in Department of Nursing, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC. Her primary program of research is to examine the process of KT in the context of the military hospital in conjunction with the development and implementation of evidence-based nursing protocols. She is using both a quantitative approach through the research utilization surveys and a qualitative approach through the use of focus groups and nurse interviews.

Alison Kitson is Supernumerary Fellow of Green College, University of Oxford and an Honorary Professor at the Universities of Leicester, Ulster and City University in the UK. She is currently pursuing her research and academic interests around knowledge translation and clinical leadership, both in the UK and internationally.

Jennifer Knopp-Sihota is an assistant Professor at Athabasca University in Edmonton.

Heather Laschinger is a Distinguished Professor and Associate Director Nursing Research at the University of Western Ontario School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences in London, Ontario. Since 1992 Dr. Laschinger has been Principal Investigator of a program of research at the University of Western Ontario, School of Nursing, designed to investigate nursing work environments using Rosabeth Moss Kanter's organizational empowerment theory.

France Légaré studied architecture before earning a degree in medicine. A health practitioner in Quebec since 1990, France is an Associate Professor with the Department of Family Medicine at Laval University. She has a Master’s degree in Community Health from Laval University and a PhD in Population Health from the University of Ottawa. In 2005, she received a new clinical scientist award from the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ) for her research program - Primary care providers: from knowledge brokers to decision makers. Her Canada Research Chair awarded in June 2006 (CRC-2) is entirely dedicated to the implementation of SDM in routine clinical practices in primary care.

Michael Leiter is a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Well-Being, Director of the Centre for Organizational Research & Development, and Professor of Psychology at Acadia University. Dr. Leiter is an organizational psychologist interested in the relationships of people with their work and he has conducted extensive research on burnout in human service organizations. Through the Centre for Organizational Research & Development, he and his research team participate in organizational development projects with collaborating organizations.
Colleen Maxwell is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. She is also the Research Director of the Residency Program in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Calgary, and she is a Fellow with the Institute of Health Economics in Edmonton, Alberta. Her primary research interests are in the areas of Aging and Health, Pharmacoepidemiology, Alzheimer's Disease and Vascular Dementia, and Health Services and Outcomes Research.

Kathy McGilton is a research scientist at Toronto Rehab. She is also a career scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. She holds an Assistant Professor position at the Faculty of Nursing and is a Co-Investigator with the Nursing Effectiveness, Utilization and Outcomes Research Unit, at the University of Toronto.

Verena Menec is the Director of the Centre on Aging and an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. She received a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Manitoba in 1995. Dr. Menec currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Healthy Aging. Her main research interests lie in the areas of healthy aging and health care utilization among older adults, particularly at the end of life.

Debra Morgan is an Associate Professor and Chair, Rural Health Delivery, at the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA), University of Saskatchewan. She is currently PI of a CHIR New Emerging Team grant “Strategies to Improve the Care of Persons with Dementia in Rural and Remote Areas”.

Peter Norton, MD, CCFP, FCFP is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Family Medicine, at the University of Calgary. He serves as a board member of the Health Quality Council of Alberta and is a member of the Institute Advisory Board of the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He is a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Linda O'Brien-Pallas is a Professor in the Faculties of Nursing and Medicine at the University of Toronto and Director and Co-Founder and Co-Principal Investigator of the Nursing Health Services Research Unit (University of Toronto site). She is also the inaugural Canadian Health Services Research Foundation/Canadian Institutes of Health Research Chair in Nursing/Health Human Resources. Over the last 26 years, Linda has completed nearly 85 research projects, helping to lay the foundation for a science-based nursing profession. She is acknowledged globally for her pioneering and innovative research in health human resources modeling, quality of work life for nurses and nursing workload measurement.

Dot Pringle is a Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Dr. Pringle’s clinical and research interests are in the care and quality of life of disabled and impaired older people both in the community and in institutions. She is involved in a number of studies related to the quality of daily life of older impaired individuals in institutional settings. She is the past-chair of the Advisory Board of the CIHR Institute of Aging and is a member of the Gerontological Advisory Council of Veterans Affairs Canada. She is the Executive Lead of the Health Outcomes for Better Information and Care (HOBIC) initiative of the Ontario MOHLTC that is implementing the electronic collection of a set of nursing-sensitive patient outcomes.

Jo Rycroft-Malone is a Professor of Health Services & Implementation Research at the School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University. Dr. Rycroft- Malone is the co-founder of the International Knowledge Utilization & Transfer Colloquium Network and a member of the RCN Institute.

Kate Seers is Director of the RCN Research Institute and Director of Research in the School of Health & Social Studies at the University of Warwick in the UK.  She qualified as a nurse with a first class honours degree in 1982. She completed a PhD in 1987 at Kings College, University of London.  Since this time she has undertaken research relevant to patient experiences, pain management and using research in practice. Kate has a long track record of publication, generation of external grant income and leading complex international grants.  She reviews for many academic journals, and is on the editorial board of several journals and is on the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Services Research Board. She was a member of the Research Assessment Exercise Panel for Nursing and Midwifery in 2008. 

Malcolm C. Smith is Professor, Associate Dean, Director of Ph.D. Program in the Department of Marketing at the University of Manitoba. The focus of Dr. Smith's research is marketing to older adults, and in particular, age-related differences in memory for advertising.

Bonnie Stevens is currently a Professor in the Faculties of Nursing and Medicine at the University of Toronto and holds the Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Paediatric Nursing Research at the Hospital for Sick Children, the first of its kind in Canada. The major foci of Dr. Stevens’ research include the assessment and management of pain in infants and children. Dr. Stevens has received research funds over the past 5 years from national and international funding agencies and foundations to support these research interests and has also published and presented widely.

Norma Stewart is a Professor in the College of Nursing, and an Associate Member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research interest focuses on rural health services and the relationship of the social and nonsocial environment to the behavior of elderly residents with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Gary Teare joined the Health Quality Council of Saskatchewan in January 2005 as Director of Quality Measurement and Analysis at the Health Quality Council. Before moving to Saskatchewan, he was a Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and was an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto (Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and Graduate Dept of Rehabilitation Sciences). Dr. Teare was also Adjunct Faculty at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, in Toronto.

Lars Wallin, PhD, paediatric nurse, Director of the Clinical Research Utilization Unit at Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm and Senior Researcher at Karolinska Institutet, Division of Nursing. Lars is conducting several research projects on the implementation of evidence based practice; he is currently involved in three RCTs in different clinical contexts evaluating facilitation and reminders as implementation strategies. Lars is also involved in national longitudinal studies on the use of research among nurses in clinical practice in Sweden. He held a post-doc position at KUSP 2003-2005.

Jack Williams is Scientist Emeritus at ICES and the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Research Program at Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre, where he has been a senior scientist since 1989. He was Deputy Director Research and then President & CEO at ICES; at the time of his retirement he was Vice President Research at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. A sociologist and demographer by training, he has focused on the methods, designs and statistics for estimating the impacts of disease and health services on outcomes in society.