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 and holds a Canada Research Chair in Health, Ethics and Diversity. Her 35-year career has included roles in leadership, teaching, research, and as a clinician providing palliative care. Her program of research focuses on improving palliative care for diverse populations. She is currently trialing a volunteer navigation intervention designed to improve the quality of life of seniors living at home with advancing chronic illness. She is also researching the policy, practice, and ethical implications of Medical Assistance in Dying for Nursing.


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


In 2019, Barb received the Centenary Medal of Achievement from the UBC School of Nursing. In 2018, she received the Health Researcher of the Year Award from UBCO. In 2012, Barb received the College of Registered Nurses Award of Excellence in Nursing Research.


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.

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; 2016-2017. (Barb  had a teaching release  2011-2013 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


Acting Graduate Program Coordinator, UBCO SON Jan – July 2015.
Director of the School of Nursing at Trinity Western University 2001-2007.

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


Canadian Nurses’ Association

BC Centre for Palliative Care

Virtual Hospice


Pesut, Thorne, Roussel et al, Practice, Policy, and Ethical Implications of Canadian Nursing Roles in Medical Assistance in Dying, CIHR 2017-2020.

Pesut, Duggleby, et al., Volunteer Navigation Partnerships: A Compassionate Community Approach to Early Palliative Care. Max Bell Foundation, 2017-2021.



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.