Our nursing faculty are conducting research that addresses real-world problems to develop innovative practice-ready solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of people locally, nationally, and around the world. In partnership with communities, health professionals, academic collaborators, and other stakeholders, we are leading inter-disciplinary research teams to generate and translate knowledge into effective evidence-based practices and programs.

Nursing LABS

The Nursing Research and Knowledge Hub in the School of Nursing at UBC’s Okanagan Campus is a collaborative research space for nursing faculty, students, and partners to design and conduct research that transforms health and health systems. The Hub is an open community that is home to four areas of research excellence.

Despite a vast body of evidence and practical policy solutions, systematic differences in health and health outcomes persist along social gradients—both within and between countries. These differences, or health inequities, are human-caused and unfair.  This research lab focuses on supporting people to develop meaningful ways to align their good equity intentions with the evidence about what causes health inequities.


The Aging and Health Lab seeks to enhance the health and wellbeing of older adults with complex health challenges, across healthcare and geographic contexts. We study health services and transitions in care for older adults with cardiac conditions (e.g., atrial fibrillation) and have a special interest in the application of perspectives of risk.


The focus of research in the Families, Caregiving, and Decision Making in Advanced Illness Research Lab is on assisting families to live and die well with serious illness. One arm of our research has addressed knowledge development aimed at better understanding the experiences of family caregivers who provide care at end of life towards with the aim of improving practice and influencing policy. We have learned about family caregivers’ needs, what happens when they are unable to achieve a desired home death, and the factors that contribute to managing death at home.


Our primary program of research focuses on finding innovative ways to enhance the care of older adults living with life-limiting chronic illness.  An important aspect of quality of life for older adults is aging in place, whether at home or in their home community.  However, with limited healthcare services, innovative strategies are required. We are trialing volunteer/healthcare provider navigation partnerships to support older adults to age in place.


In the Health Promotion and E-health Co-design and Evaluation Lab, we translate research findings into innovative solutions to promote health and prevent chronic disease.  Working in collaboration with community partners, we study user preferences and needs and engage users in the co-design of gender-sensitive and gender-specific approaches to support health behaviour change. Targeted health behaviours include smoking, physical activity and healthy eating, and mental wellness.


In the Indigenous Health Promotion and Cultural Safety Lab, we work with Indigenous Peoples and multi-sector community partners to create culturally safe ways to foster respectful non-racist, non-discriminatory health care provision and policy change. Our work includes decolonizing approaches for community-led holistic health research that honours local knowledge and benefits all generations within communities


This research lab focuses on integrated health systems and service delivery. We are interested in how services are integrated across the continuum of care and intersectoral collaboration with such areas as social services and education.


Our research is focused on how to improve maternal and child health outcomes with an emphasis on breastfeeding and childhood and maternal vaccinations. Our methodologies include large longitudinal cohort studies, population-based cross-sectional studies and intervention studies that are designed to inform and influence public health policies and perinatal health-care services.


This lab is focused on Population Health Approaches to Implementing Research (k)Nowledge for Equitable Systems & Strategies in Health (PHAIRNESS).  The aim is to reorient health systems toward health equity through the systematic application of a health equity lens to improve health outcomes.


Our focus of research is promoting healthy and safe child development within a family and community context. Focus areas include child injury prevention, promotion of physical activity for children and families, and understanding the experiences of parents who have a child living with a chronic condition or disability.  We are aiming to learn how families can be better supported to promote their children’s health through safe and active physical activities.


Training Opportunities


School of Nursing faculty members provide opportunities for research training and mentorship within our areas of research excellence.

We welcome inquiries regarding these opportunities. If you are interested in any aspect of post-graduate training within a specific lab, please contact the principal investigator of that lab directly.

School of Nursing faculty members are accepting students interested in completing the course-based or thesis-based stream of the Masters of Science in Nursing, and students interested in completing thesis research in the Interdisciplinary Master’s program. For more information

School of Nursing faculty members are accepting PhD students interested in a doctoral program in Nursing or Interdisciplinary Studies with specific interests in the ongoing programs of research. For more information

Research training at the post-doctoral level within School of Nursing research labs and areas of research excellence is available for trainees with a professional qualification in nursing or doctoral graduates interested in furthering their training in any of the on-going programs of research.

Trainees and health professionals are invited to contact the School of Nursing faculty members directly to discuss opportunities for research internships or practica in their respective research labs.  Our faculty members also welcome inquiries from undergraduate students (in any discipline) wishing to explore research practicum opportunities in our labs.

Our School of Nursing faculty members welcome inquiries from students and trainees from around the world wishing to complete part of their research training in one of our nursing research labs.

Employment Opportunities


There are a variety of types of employment opportunities in ongoing programs of research in each of the School of Nursing Research Labs.

(For eligible UBCO undergraduate and graduate students from any faculty) as advertised on the UBC Okanagan Student Services website.

Positions part-time positions for undergraduate and graduate students are frequently available. Positions are open to qualified students from any faculty. Contact lead investigators directly to inquire about opportunities.

Refer to the UBC Human Resources website for current openings.