McMaster University

McMaster University

Overview of Our Research

Welcome to the research section of the McMaster University School of Nursing web site.

We have a history of being one of the most research intensive schools or faculties of nursing in Canada.

Our partnerships both internal and external to McMaster University strengthen our research capacity and contribute to our success. We have attracted operating grants and career awards from numerous agencies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

The areas of excellence reflected in our research activities include:

  • illness prevention
  • health equity and disparity
  • health system integration and innovation


We also have faculty expertise in Research Tools and Methodologies, and Knowledge Exchange and Translation.

Our students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels benefit greatly from teaching and guidance that is based on the expertise and research discoveries of our faculty members.

We are proud to have several research units headed by School of Nursing faculty members. They are listed below in alphabetical order. For more information about each unit, please click on the links.

Aging, Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU) – Maureen Markle-Reid, Jenny Ploeg, Ruta Valaitis

Canada Research Chair in Aging, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion Interventions  - Maureen Markle-Reid

Canadian Centre for Advanced Practice Nursing - Denise Bryant-Lukosius

Canadian Centre for Evidence Based Nursing - Maureen Dobbins & Jennifer Yost

CLEAR: Community-Linked Evaluation Aids Research - Gina Browne

Dorothy C. Hall Chair in Primary Health Care Nursing – Ruta Valaitis

Health-Evidence.org – Maureen Dobbins

Heart and Stroke Foundation / Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Cardiovascular Nursing – Michael McGillion

National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT) – Donna Ciliska, Maureen Dobbins, Jennifer Yost

Nursing Education Research Unit (NERU) – Janet Landeen

Nursing Health Services Research Unit (NHSRU) – Andrea Baumann

OAPN: The Canadian Centre of Excellence in Oncology Advanced Practice Nursing - Denise Bryant-Lukosius

Strengthening Primary Care through Primary Care and Public Health Collaboration - Ruta Valaitis

System-Linked Research Unit on Health and Social Services Utilization (SLRU) - Gina Browne

Key Contact

Michael McGillion, RN, PhD
Assistant Dean, Research
School of Nursing
Email: mmcgill@mcmaster.ca
Tel: 905 525 9140 ext. 20275


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