Rishma Chooniedass

Assistant Professor of Teaching

School of Nursing
Other Titles: Advisor to the Dean of FHSD on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Email: rishma@mail.ubc.ca

Research Summary

Maternal and child health; food allergy and anaphylaxis, equity, diversity and inclusion

Courses & Teaching

NRSG 120 Introduction to Nursing Research
NRSG 126 Health and Healing I
NRSG 136 Nursing Practice I
NRSG 338 Nursing Practice with Childbearing Families
NRSG 339 Nursing Practice in Child Health


Rishma Chooniedass was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and received her BN and MN from the University of Manitoba (UofM). She spent her first 13 years of nursing working in research in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at the UofM. At the Manitoba site, she coordinated large national epidemiological studies. Her interest in food allergy and anaphylaxis in children encouraged her to pursue her master’s degree. She moved to Kelowna in 2017 where she teaches in the School of Nursing at UBCO. She enjoys teaching clinical practice where she encourages students to apply evidence-based practice and think critically for their patients. She lectures several classes where she uses a variety of approaches to enhance student learning. In her spare time, she continues to conduct research and volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club as a restorative justice facilitator and a youth mentor.


MN University of Manitoba, 2017
RN, BN University of Manitoba, 2004
BSc University of Manitoba, 2000

Research Interests & Projects

Maternal and healthcare provider experiences with childbirth and postpartum during Covid19.

Digital storytelling as a method in health research: A systematic review 
The clinically important impact of preschool food oral immunotherapy on parental quality of life

Selected Publications & Presentations

Chooniedass, R., Soller, L., Hsu, E., To, S., Cameron, S., & Chan, E. (2020). Parents of children with food allergy: A qualitative study describing needs and identifying solutions. ANNALS of Allergy Asthma & Immunology.

Tarrant, M., Chooniedass, R., Fan, H., Del Buono, K, & Masina, S. (2020). Effect of breastfeeding on postpartum glucose regulation among women with prior gestational diabetes: A systematic review. Journal of Human Lactation.

Chooniedass, R., Temple, B., Martin, D., & Becker, A. (2018). A qualitative study exploring parents’ experiences with epinephrine use for their child’s anaphylactic reaction. Clinical and Translational Allergy, 8(1), 43.

Chooniedass, R., Rieger, K. L., West, C. H., Kenny, A.,., Demczuk, L., Mitchell, K. M., … & Scott, S. D. (2018). Digital storytelling as a method in health research: A systematic review protocol. Systematic reviews, 7(1), 41.

West, C. H., Rieger, K. L., Chooniedass, R., Adekoya, A. A., Isse, A. A., Karpa, J. V., … & Martin, D. E. (2018). Enlivening a community of authentic scholarship: A faculty-mentored experience for graduate students at the 2016 qualitative health research conference. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 17(1), 1609406918808122.

Pitt, T. J., Becker, A. B., Chan-Yeung, M., Chan, E. S., Watson, W. T., Chooniedass, R., & Azad, M. B. (2017). Reduced risk of peanut sensitization following exposure through breast-feeding and early peanut introduction. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Chooniedass, R., Temple, B., & Becker, A. (2017). Epinephrine use for Anaphylaxis: Too seldom, too late A Review of Current Practices and Guidelines. ANNALS of Allergy Asthma & Immunology.

Graham, C., Chooniedass, R., Stefura , W., Becker, A., Sears, M., Turvey, S., Mandhane, P., Subbarao, P., HayGlass, K., & CHILD Study Investigators. (2017).  In vivo immune signatures of healthy human pregnancy: Inherently inflammatory or anti-inflammatory? PLoS one. 2017 Jun 21; 12(6):e0177813

Graham, C., Chooniedass, R., Stefura, W., Lotoski, L., Lopez, P., Befus, A., Becker, A., & HayGlass, K. T. (2017). Stability of pro-and anti-inflammatory immune biomarkers for human cohort studies. Journal of Translational Medicine, 15(1), 53.

Moraes, T. J., Lefebvre, D. L., Chooniedass, R., Becker, A. B., Brook, J. R., Denburg, J., … & Sears M. (2015). The Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) birth cohort study: biological samples and biobanking. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 29(1), 84-92.

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Faculty of Health and Social Development Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group

School of Nursing Equity and Inclusion Committee

School of Nursing Year 1 Committee

School of Nursing Year 3 Committee

School of Social Work Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee



Food Allergy and Your Kiddo Podcast

Parts 1- 3 Themes in Parenting a Child who has Food Allergy

Part 4: Parenting a Child with Food Allergy – Ask the researcher Rishma Chooniedass



Knowledge Nudge: Knowledge translation and patient engagment from a health research and healthcare perspective

The importance of relationship building: Guest blog with Rishma Chooniedass




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