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Kelli I. Stajduhar, RN, PhD, FCAHS

Kelli smallestiPANEL Academic Lead Investigator

Kelli Stajduhar has worked in oncology, palliative care, and gerontology for almost 30 years as a staff nurse, nurse clinician, clinical nurse specialist, educator, and researcher. Her clinical work and research has focused on health service needs for those at the end-of-life and their families and on the needs of marginalized and vulnerable populations. Dr. Stajduhar currently leads an international research collaborative on family caregiving involving researchers from the United Kingdom and Australia. She is the recipient of several awards: 2010 Anselm Strauss Award from the U.S. National Council on Family Relations in recognition of her outstanding contribution to family research, 2014 Excellence in Nursing Research award from the College of Registered Nurses of BC, 2015 Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Knowledge Mobilization from the University of Victoria, 2017 both the Ehor Boyanowsky Academic of the Year Award from the Confederation of University Faculty Associations or BC and the induction into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Institutional affiliations
  • Professor, School of Nursing and Institute on Aging & Lifelong Health, University of Victoria
  • Scientist, Fraser Health Authority
  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Richard (Rick) Sawatzky, RN, PhD

Rick Sawatzky 175iPANEL Co-Investigator

Rick Sawatzky's research focuses on the measurement of patient reported outcomes (PRO) and quality of life in various healthcare contexts, including contexts of chronic and life-limiting illness. He has a particular interest in examining the measurement implications of various sources of diversity and difference that influence how individuals interpret and respond to questions about their health status and quality of life. His research includes studies about methodological challenges in PRO measurement, including the examination of response shift and the validation of computerized adaptive tests.

Institutional affiliations
  • Professor, Trinity Western University
  • Visiting Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
  • Scientist, Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS)
  • Canadian Research Chair, Patient Reported Outcomes

Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, RN, PhD

SherylReimer-Kirkham 175iPANEL Co-Investigator

Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham has a research program focused on social justice and pluralism in healthcare and nursing education. She directs the MSN program at Trinity Western University, and teaches Health Policy and Leadership. She is a founding member of Trinity Western University's Religion in Canada Institute and Institute of Gender Studies, and the Critical Research in Health and Health Inequities Unit at University of British Columbia. In 2010 she was the recipient of the Award of Excellence in Nursing Research by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC), and she is a member of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists.

Institutional affiliations
  • School of Nursing, Trinity Western University
  • Critical Research in Health and Health Inequities Research Unit, University of British Columbia
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Calgary
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Victoria

Kara Schick Makaroff, RN, PhD

Kara Schick Makaroff smalleriPANEL Co-Investigator

Kara Schick Makaroff is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. Her research focus is on quality of life for people living with chronic and life-threatening illness, particularly chronic kidney disease. Her research interests also include ethics, mixed methods research, and electronic capture of research data. Her funding is from KRESCENT (Kidney Research Scientist Core Education and National Training), a program developed and supported by CIHR, Kidney Foundation of Canada, and Canadian Society of Nephrology.

Institutional affiliations
  • Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta


Barbara Pesut, RN, PhD

iPANEL Co-Investigator

Barbara Pesut PhD, RN is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus and holds a Canada Research Chair in Health, Ethics and Diversity. Her program of research seeks to improve care for older adults living with advancing chronic illness with a specific focus on rural populations.

Institutional affiliations
  • Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), Health, Ethics and Diversity
  • Associate Professor, University of British Columbia


Gweneth Hartrick Doane, RN, PhD

GwenethHartrick Doane 175iPANEL Co-Investigator

Gweneth Hartrick has an interdisciplinary background and several years experience as a health practitioner (having practiced as both a nurse and a psychologist). Her academic work has focused on building the links between research, education and professional practice in health care and in higher education. She is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, a co-author of a nursing textbook on relational inquiry and has won four teaching awards including the National 3M teaching fellowship award.

Institutional affiliations
  • School of Nursing, University of Victoria

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