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Working with me

I welcome inquiries from health authorities, health systems stakeholders, NGOs, communities/community-organizations, and industry interested in health equity and health technologies to email me, if you would like to work together.


Across all levels of collaboration and supervision, I especially encourage applicants from underrepresented groups in nursing research and academia to apply to work with me.

If you have a non-traditional academic background, let's chat.

  • Funded positions will be advertised on this website.

  • Postdocs/Visiting Scholars: Local and remote collaborations are welcomed, please email me.

Graduate students

Applying to pursue graduate studies is not a decision to take lightly. Preparing a strong graduate application package takes time and initial relationship building with your potential supervisor, with whom you would be working with for a number of years. As a general guide, I do not entertain supervision inquiries made within 1 month of the application deadline. This does not allow sufficient time to conduct an interview, prepare a strong application package, and organize funding. I do not agree to supervise students without an interview. Please note that admission decisions are not made before seeing your application in the system.

I am keen to mentor and support high-calibre thesis-stream Masters and PhD students who have a strong interest in research and publication in the field of nursing and health informatics. 


Students may apply to work in the context of my funded research projects (see Projects). Students who secure independent funding (for example, through scholarships or awards) may propose research projects that fall within my area of research interest (digital health equity, health informatics, artificial intelligence).

Prospective PhD Students

  • You should have a foundational understanding of nursing/health informatics (courses or work experience), already obtained a Master’s degree in nursing, health informatics, or a related field, and published at least one peer-reviewed paper in a nursing or health informatics journal OR produced a professional health informatics document (e.g., project plans, evaluations, etc.)

  • Prospective students who do not meet the above requirements should be willing to complete preparatory work prior to starting their program (e.g., diploma, course, or MOOCs in health/nursing informatics will be considered).

  • I will interview promising candidates.


Prospective Masters Students: Thesis-stream MSN students are encouraged to contact me if you plan to name me as a supervisor on your application. I will usually have an interview with promising candidates. Course-stream MSN students with well-delineated capstone project plans related to health technologies are also encouraged to contact me for supervision.


Graduate student funding

  • Effective September 2021, all eligible full-time current or incoming UBC students (domestic and international) in PhD programs of the Okanagan campus will be provided with a minimum funding package equal to $20,000 for each of the first four years of a PhD and expected to increase to $22,000 per year effective September 2023. Please see the UBC website for details.

  • I am happy to discuss additional and self-funding arrangements (for Masters thesis-stream students) and to help students develop studentships applications to funding bodies (e.g. CIHR, SSHRC, Canadian Nurses Foundation, Sigma Theta, Tau). A list of funding opportunities compiled by UBCO College of Graduate Studies can be found on their website.

  • Undergraduate RAs/Interns: I occasionally offer funded research internships to undergraduate students. Undergraduate students looking to gain research experience as a volunteer RA are welcome to email me, but please note that positions are limited.

Regardless of position, if you want to work with me as a trainee, please make sure to include the following in your email (no more than a couple of paragraphs):

  • ​a short description of the project you are interested in and how your background aligns with the project aims OR (for self-funded students) the research question(s) you are interested in and how these align with my expertise

  • your background in health or nursing informatics, including supporting publication/written documents (required for PhD applicants)

  • copies of unofficial transcripts (please self-assess your transcripts against the published requirements for admission to the UBC College of Graduate Studies - only students achieving first class standing will be considered)

  • your CV and copy of a recent publication or other writing sample where you made a major contribution

  • please put "[HIE!Lab]" in your subject line, to help me notice your email and show that you read through this website

  • Due to the large number of emails I receive, supervision inquiries that do not follow the above instructions may not receive a response.

  • I *highly* encourage all potential grad students to watch Dr. Sarah Nadi's excellent video on preparing a graduate school application and contacting potential supervisors BEFORE contacting me (or any other potential supervisors).

Current Opportunities

None currently.

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