Charlene Esteban Ronquillo

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Health and Social Development, School of Nursing
On Leave Until: December 2, 2024

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Health informatics; nursing; health equity; implementation science

Courses & Teaching

NRSG 504 - Finding and Integrating Knowledge for Evidence-Informed Practice (Spring 2022)


I am currently on leave returning December 2024.

Multiple positions for MSN thesis stream and PhD students are available for the study of health equity in the context of digital technologies, nursing, and artificial intelligence. Please visit my website: for details.

Please note that applications must be made to the relevant UBC Graduate program and we will not make any decisions until your application is seen in the application system


I am a Filipina Scholar, Registered Nurse, and health informatician whose program of research focuses on health informatics, nursing, and health equity, underpinned by critical theory and implementation science. A key aim in my program of work is to ensure meaningful inclusion of non-dominant groups in the conceptualization, design, development, and implementation of health technologies in health systems. My most recent work examines the role of nursing data in shaping opportunities to embed health equity in the development of machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence for health systems.

I have expertise in mixed methods, participatory, and co-production approaches and software design/development methods. I have experience with various aspects of health information technology in health systems and nursing, including nursing informatics competencies, usability research, user-centered design and development, rapid and exploratory prototyping, and technology adoption and usage.

I obtained my BScN from McGill University (2007), and MSN (2010) and PhD (2021) from UBC. Prior to joining UBCO, I was a Health Service Improvement Research Fellow at the University of the West of England (2016), an Associate Research Fellow in Implementation Science at the University of Exeter Medical School (2016-19), and an Assistant Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University (2019-21).


Nursing and Artificial Intelligence Leadership (NAIL) Collaborative


PhD - University of British Columbia
MSN - University of British Columbia
BScN - McGill University

Research Interests & Projects

For the most recent updates, please see my personal website.

Active studies as PI (as of August 2023)

  • Stakeholder perspectives and impacts of explainable artificial intelligence: A case study in a British Columbia health authority (Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council)
  • Mapping trust in nurses with dimensions of trustworthy artificial intelligence: A scoping review (Funded by UBC Hampon New Faculty Grant)
  • Identifying patient‐validated compassion and equity concepts in community care clinical notes through natural language processing (Funded by AMS Healthcare Fellowship in Compassion and Artificial Intelligence)
  • Pre-processing community nursing and allied health data for equity-informed artificial intelligence for interdisciplinary wound care (Funded by UBC HIFI)

Selected Publications & Presentations

For my updated publication list, please see my Google Scholar Profile.

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Selected Grants & Awards

2023       UBC School of Nursing Recent Alumni Award (Vancouver)

2022       Women Leaders in Digital Health Award (Emerging Leader) – Digital Health Canada

2022       Kelowna Chamber’s Top 40 Under 40 Program

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees



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