Faculty & Research
Current TFSON Faculty
Dr. Ingrid Brenner, Associate Professor
RN, BSc, BPhysEd, BScN (Toronto), MSc (Queen's) PhD (Toronto), PhD (Queen's)
Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 7253
Research interests: Exercise in health promotion, exercise for special populations (patients with cardiovascular disease, hemodialysis, pregnancy and the frail elderly), exercise immunology, and thermal stress physiology.
Dr. Ellen Buck-McFadyen, Assistant Professor
RN, BScN (Queen's University), MScN.(York University), PhD(McMaster University)
Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 7029
Research Interests: Rural health, social capital, community health, and the social determinants of health.
Dr. Beryl Cable-Williams, Faculty
RN, BA, BScN (Queen's University), MN( Dallhousie), PhD (Alberta)
Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 7900
Research Interests:Aging, advanced old-age, palliative & end-of-life care, meaning and implications of human aging for individuals, societies, and populations. Living and dying in the context of chronic progressive conditions and aging.
Ann Mary Celestini, Lecturer
RN, BA, BScN (Windsor), MHS (Athabasca)
Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 6046
Research Interests: Education, instructional design, serious gaming, stress management and complementary and alternative therapies.
Kim English. Faculty
RN, BScN (Ryerson), MN (Toronto)
Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 7059
Research Interests: Rural & Remote Nursing & Health; Nurse Activism; Digital Storytelling; LGBTQ+ health;Technology and innovations in health and education; Rurality & Indigenous health.
Dr. Cyndi Gilmer, Associate Professor
R.N, B.Sc.N (Western), MHScN, DHlthSc (Charles Sturt)
Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 7156
Research Interests: Leadership, homelessness, access to health care, mental health and addictions, parenting.
Dr. Amy Hallaran, Faculty and Compressed Program Coordinator
R.N, BScN (Ottawa), MScN (Ottawa) Ph.D.(Queen's)
Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 6273
Research Interests: Transition to practice for new nurses, intention to leave and retention of nursing in the workforce, work environments, readiness for practice and work-readiness of nursing students.
Dr. Jane Mackie, Assistant Professor
BSc (Hons), PhD Pharmacology and Toxicology (Queen's University)
Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 7064
Research Interests: Nursing education in pharmacology; Active learning strategies and flipped classrooms, Effective teaching and learning of medication dose calculations by nursing students; Safe and effective use of medications on short term medical brigades; Safe and effective use of medication at the end of life.
RN, BScN (McGill), MPH (Michigan)
Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 7386
Research Interests: Interface between formal and informal caregivers; transitions of care;person centred narratives;health promotion with community dwelling older adults; Age Friendly Peterborough; Arts-based research;Community-based research; Digital Storytelling.
Dr. Michele McIntosh, Associate Professor
RN, BA (Queen's), BScN, MScN (Toronto), PhD (Alberta)
Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 7507
Research Interests: Critical, feminist, qualitative research methods, women's health, maternal/infant health, violence, breastfeeding, sexuality, ethics.
Dr. Abeer Omar, Assistant Professor
RN, BSN, MSN (Alexandria), PhD (Case Western Reserve)
Phone: 416-415-5000 ext. 5864
Research Interests: Activity restriction and bed rest, rehabilitation, health services research, and nursing best practices.
Dr. Melissa Pestill, Assistant Professor
RN, BScN (Laurentian), MN (Toronto), DNP (Walden)
Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 7506
Research Interests: Pedagogical strategies in nursing education,technology in the classroom, videotaping as a mode for student self-evaluation, team nursing, complex concepts in chronic illness.
Victoria Reid-De Jong, Lecturer
RN, BScN (Ryerson), MSc-FNP (D'Youville), PhD(c) (Victoria)
Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 7517
Research Interests: Women's health; breast cancer, concepts of identity, beauty, femininity and sexuality post-mastectomy; Mastectomy tattoos'; Existentialism; Culture, Diversity and nursing internationally; Semiotics; Philosophical hermeneutics, Autoethnography.
Jaime Sims, Faculty and Collaborative Program Coordinator
RN, BScN (Ryerson), MN (Charles Sturt)
Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 6390
Research Interests: Women and children's health; Relational practice; Using 'aesthetics' (art) to support learning outcomes; Leading and managing in complex environments; supporting the student learner for success.
Dr. Catherine Thibeault, Associate Professor
RN, BScN (Mount Saint Vincent), MN (Memorial), PhD (McGill), CCNE
Phone: 705-748-1011, ext. 7067
Research Interests: Nurse-patient relationship, person-centered care, caring for persons with acute mental health challenges,NCLEX_RN preparation.
Dr. Patti Tracey, Faculty
RN, BScN (Ryerson), MHSc (Athabasca), PhD (Toronto)
Phone: 705-748-1011, ext. 6219
Research Interests: Global health, international nursing, community based nursing practice, and quality improvement initiatives relating to safe practices for short-term health experiences in low and middle income countries. Dr. Tracey is the program coordinator and clinical leader for our biannual nurse brigade placement to Honduras, CA https://mycommunity.trentu.ca/nursingbrigade.
Dr. Sarah West, Associate Professor
BPHE, MSc, PhD (Toronto)
Phone: 705-748-1011, ext. 6129
Research Interest: Exercise physiology, exercise in chronic disease (pediatric and adult), characterizing daily physical activity levels, impact of exercise on bone health (among other outcomes), impact of lifestyle/physical activity intervention.
Dr. Kirsten Woodend, Associate Professor and Dean
RN, BScN , MSc(Ottawa), PhD (Toronto)
Phone: 705-748-1011, ext. 7335
Research Interests: Aging persons, chronic disease management and self-management, health systems.