Trainees – PhD

Marianne is a faculty lecturer and the Richard and Edith Strauss Clinical Research Doctoral Fellow at McGill University’s Ingram School of Nursing. Her academic background is in medical anthropology and nursing. As an anthropologist, she studied voice, silence, consent and agency among women institutionalized for their mental illness. Since 2010, Marianne has practiced as a nurse clinician in the ICU of the Montreal Neurological Hospital, and has Canadian Nurses’ Association specialty certifications in neuroscience and critical care nursing. Marianne’s research interests are in nursing ethics, neuroscience and mental health, palliative care, ethnography and critical theory.

Marianne Sofronas

Binita is a PhD student at the University of Ottawa. She is also a Registered Nurse working in Alzheimer’s Disease randomized controlled trial research. She has a clinical nursing background primarily within gerontology and cardiology. Her PhD work focuses on understanding the ethical aspects of Medical Assistance in Dying as an advanced request for persons with dementia from the perspective of family caregivers. Binita’s research interests include dementia care, medical assistance in dying, nursing ethics, and patient safety

Binita Thapa

Lacie is a PhD candidate in the School of Nursing at the University of Ottawa. She has a certification in Hospice and Palliative Care nursing, and is currently caregiver support line lead with Family Caregivers of British Columbia, a registered non-profit dedicated  to supporting family caregivers. To complement her nursing practice Lacie has studied mindfulness and self-care, and she remains continuously curious about approaches to working with strong emotion and moving through relational complexity with kindness and compassion.

Lacie White

Brenda is a nurse practitioner and PhD candidate in the School of Nursing at the University of ottawa. She is a part-time professor with the University of Ottawa, teaching in the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program and a primary care provider working within a family health team setting. Her doctoral project examines the nurse practitioner role in community palliative care.

Brenda Halabisky

Raissa is a PhD candidate (Ingram School of Nursing), and global health scholar (Global Health Programs) at McGill University. Her masters thesis focused on the moral experiences of nurses caring for children with complex needs using a relational ethics and interpretive framework. Her PhD work examines the moral experiences of children living with medical complexity in Brazil. In 2016, Raissa was the recipient of the 2016 David McCutcheon Pediatric Palliative Care fellowship in research training, and in 2018 she was awarded a doctoral training scholarship from the Fonds de Recherche du Quebec – Sante (FRQ-S). At McGill, Raissa is a research trainee with the Views on Interdisciplinary Childhood Ethics team (VOICE). Her research interests include health care for children with medical complexity, pediatric palliative care, global health, ethics and bioethics in pediatrics, and nursing ethics and practice.

Raissa Passos dos Santos

Claire Ludwig is a PhD candidate in the School of Nursing at the University of Ottawa. Her doctoral work is focused on patient engagement in research, specifically engaging frail and/or seriously ill patients as knowledge users. Her other research interests examine how patients and nurses negotiate the process of triage and self-care in cancer symptom management. Claire is a senior health care leader in the home care environment, providing programs and services for adults and seniors with palliative care needs.

Claire Ludwig

Kristina is a registered nurse and PhD candidate in the School of Nursing at the University of Ottawa. Her master’s work explored nurses’ moral experiences of ethically meaningful end-of-life care, across a number of palliative and end-of-life care contexts. For her doctoral research, Kristina hopes to better understand the nature of nurses’ moral responsibilities, and how their responsibilities shape their moral agency and moral identities. Her research interests include contemporary concepts in nursing ethics, feminist theory, relational ethics, palliative and end-of-life care nursing practice, and qualitative methodologies. Kristina has clinical experience in critical care, and policy experience in the prison context at a national level.

Kristina Ma

Helen Hudson has a clinical background in palliative care and acute care, as well as extensive experience in social justice activism. In 2019, she was the recipient of the Marian McGee Award at the University of Ottawa. Her doctoral project focuses on dying and palliative care among Canadian long-term prisoners.

Helen Hudson

Sophie is a first year PhD student in the School of Nursing at the University of Ottawa and a Registered Nurse at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), where she works in the Emergency Department and on the Sexual Assault Nursing Team. For her doctoral research, Sophie hopes to collaborate with gender minority youth to better understand their experiences accessing emergency departments. Further, through this collaboration, she seeks to co-create knowledge useful for challenging cisnormativity and trans erasure in healthcare. Her research interests reflect her clinical practice working with sexual and gender minorities, survivors of sexual assault and youth experiencing mental and physical health emergencies. She is passionate about bilingualism (English and French) and actively promotes this value through her research, her teaching, and her clinical practice.

Sophie Lightfoot