Professor, School of Nursing
Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) – Health, Ethics and Diversity

287B Arts and Sciences Centre
phone: 2508079955
work fax: 2508078085


Barbara Pesut PhD, RN is a Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. She holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Health, Ethics and Diversity. Her program of research explores the implications of religious, spiritual and geographic diversity for palliative care. Recent projects have examined ethical issues in rural palliative care, palliative family caregiving and educating nurses for a palliative approach. She is currently conducting a trial of nurse navigation to better support rural palliative patients and their family caregivers.


PhD, Nursing, University of British Columbia
MSN, Nursing Education, University of British Columbia
BSN, Nursing, University of Victoria
Nursing Diploma, BCIT


Scholarly and Professional Activities: Areas of Special Interests and Accomplishments
Barb holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Health, Ethics and Diversity. This program of research focuses on two primary areas. The first is in the area of rural healthcare and seeks to improve care at end of life for individuals and families residing in rural areas. The second is in the area of religious and spiritual diversity and seeks to understand and address the ethical issues related to the integration of the values, beliefs and experiences characteristic of Canadian society into a publicly-funded, secular healthcare system. This program of research is managed at the Health, Ethics, & Diversity Lab at UBC Okanagan with the support of a research coordinator, knowledge translation and exchange manager, graduate students, and research assistants.

In 2012, Barb received the College of Registered Nurses Award of Excellence in Nursing Research.

Teaching & Supervision: Areas of Special Interest and Accomplishments
Barb has been on the Teaching Honor Roll at the University of British Columbia for the Academic Years 2008-2009; 2009-2010; 2010-2011. (Barb has had a teaching release since 2011 to revise the graduate program in the School of Nursing.) Barb received the Davis Distinguished Teaching Award from Trinity Western University in 2000. In addition to teaching, Barb supervises Directed Studies courses, Student Research Assistants, Student Teaching Assistants, Masters and PhD students. She actively serves as a Visiting Lecturer, Guest Lecturer, and Continuing Education Facilitator at the local, national and international level.

Research Lab: Health, Ethics, and Diversity Lab

Advanced chronic illness
Integrated knowledge translation
Community-based research
Navigation models of care
Rural palliative care


British Columbia Hospice Palliative Care Association
Princeton Support out Health Coalition
Hospice societies: Kalein, Nelson, Trail, Castlegar, Cranbrook, Bulkley Vally, North Okanagan, Desert Valley
BC Centre for Palliative Care


Dr. Pesut is available to supervise graduate students including MSN thesis and non-thesis, and IGS Master’s and PhD. Visit Dr. Pesut’s graduate students’ Theses & Dissertations for examples of graduate student research.