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 and Graduate Program Coordinator
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.
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 Collaborative 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.
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
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 and Compressed Program Coordinator
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. Rasha Wahid, Assistant Professor
RN, BScN (York University), MSN (Alexandria) PhD (University of Manchester),
Phone: 416-415-5000 Ex. 5864
Research interests: Development and implementation of concept inquiry-based pedagogy in nursing education, Psychotherapy and Mental Health, Development of complex interventions, Qualitative research methods, Trauma informed care for domestic violence/ survivors of human trafficking/ narcissistic abuse, Health Policy.
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
RN, BScN , MSc(Ottawa), PhD (Toronto)
Phone: 705-748-1011, ext. 7335
Research Interests: Aging persons, chronic disease management and self-management, health systems.