Students and Post-Docs

Masters and PhD

 Tate Kaitlyn Tate

Kaitlyn joined the CLEAR Outcomes team as a research assistant in May 2014. She is a doctoral student, registered nurse (ED) and research assistant working on a number of CLEAR Outcomes projects. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Honors in the spring of 2016. With guidance and mentorship from her supervisors Dr. Greta Cummings and Dr. Jude Spiers, she completed her honors project in December, 2015, which focused on the perspectives of healthcare aides in regards to decision-to-transfer residents from long term care to acute care settings in ambiguous situations. Her research interests are around leadership in healthcare and enhancing relationships and communication between healthcare providers during older persons’ transitions in care.

Sarah Hewko

Sarah is a doctoral student working with the CLEAR Outcomes research program. She is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and a Master of Health Administration; both from the University of British Columbia. Sarah completed her post-graduate dietetic internship at Eastern Health in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She has experience both as a clinical dietitian and as a manager of clinical dietitians. As part of her doctoral research, Sarah will conduct and participate in research projects that seek to better define the qualities and practices of excellent leaders. She is most interested in performance management methods and their impact on the retention of health care professionals.

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Jananee is a doctoral student working with the CLEAR Outcomes research program. She has over 12 years of combined nursing experience in direct clinical practice, administration, and more recently in post-secondary education. She has research experience in patient engagement, family-centred care, and critical care. For her doctoral research, she will examine the effects of collaborative practice interventions in primary care on patient and provider outcomes with nurse practitioners as part of the team. She will conduct a mixed-methods systematic review of all evidence to-date under the guidance of Dr. Cummings and is awaiting a funding decision for a national knowledge synthesis operating grant. Jananee wants to affect change from both a policy as well as a health systems level in effective, sustainable, and meaningful ways.
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Sheila Blackstock RN, BScN, MScN, COHN is a doctoral student. She has over 30 years of nursing experience ranging from acute care to rural health, Indigenous and occupational health nursing. Her career aspirations since graduating from a diploma nursing program had always been to lecture in nursing education and to combine this with a commitment to Aboriginal health and to improve quality of nursing work environments, focusing on the relationship of organizational workplace structures and processes to horizontal workplace bullying among RNs. She wants to explore the quality of nursing practice environments to determine factors that improve nursing practice environments and contribute to recruitment and retention of Registered Nurses within health care organizations. 

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Jessica Chong

Jessica joined the CLEAR outcomes team as a graduate research assistant in Sep 2015. She is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry specialization and a Bachelor of AD Nursing. She is currently studying master of Nursing – nurse practitioner in the family/all-age stream. Her research interests are with acute care and senior wellness. As part of her Master program, she is working with Dr. Cummings and Dr. Rowe to examine the outcomes of implementing a senior emergency department or urgent care centers through an integrative review study.
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Helen Tkacic

Helen is a second year masters student in the teaching stream with a capstone in leadership. Her focus is on the characteristics of an effective nurse manager from the perspective of front line nurses. Helen's nursing career of twenty years has been in education and leadership. In addition to her bachelors of nursing, she has her certification in Gerontology since 2005. She has worked as a unit nurse manager,in geriatrics, for ten years in long term care and rehabilitation facility. Her teaching experience includes working as an educator in geriatrics in long term care and rehabilitation. Helen has also worked at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing and at Norquest Community College, teaching in the Health Care Aide Program.
  Dilmi Samaranayake


Raechelle Caroro

Raechelle is an undergraduate student at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Nursing (Honours). She graduated from Langara College with an English Diploma. As part of her honours research, she will be working on a research project with the mentorship of Dr. Greta Cummings that focuses on the relationship between management and front-line nurses.
Saige Godberson-Parlin

Saige is a fourth year Bachelor of Science in Nursing Honors student that will be graduating in April 2017. She joined the research team in October 2015 when she began her honors project supervised by Dr. Greta Cummings and Dr. Jude Spiers. With the support and guidance of both supervisors she was able to successfully complete her honors project which focused on Long-Term Care and Emergency Medical Services perspectives during resident handover when deciding to transfer a resident to the emergency department. Saige's interest lies within clinical nursing and leadership, and more specifically neonatal critical care.

Past Trainees

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Dr. Susan Armijo-Olivo (02/2013 – 03/2015)
Dr. Carmen Silvia Gabriel (08/2011 – 12/2014)
Dr. Andrea Bernardes (01/2010 – 12/2014)
Dr. Anastasia Mallidou* (09/2008 – 09/2010)
Dr. Karin Minnie (10/2008 – 01/2009)
*co-supervised with Dr. Carole Estabrooks

Master of Nursing (Thesis Supervisor)

Kacey Keyko (09/2012 - 11/2014)
Pam Brown (01/2005 – 04/2010)
Kathy Miller (09/2002 – 06/2008)
How Lee (09/2004 – 11/2007)

Doctoral Students

Jennifer Knopp-Sihota (04/2009 – 06/2012)
Tracy Cowden (09/2004 – 06/2011)
Carol Wong (09/2004 – 06/2008)
Petsunee Thungjaroenkul (09/2004 – 10/2006)

Honors Undergraduate /
Summer Studentship

Samara Short (2009-2011)
Erin Stafford (2005-2010)
Dana Bratland (2004)

Master of Nursing (Capstone Supervisor)

Sarah Cooper, Micaela Santiago, Lisa Assoignon, Sarah Lartey, Eliza Lo, Denise Brown, Wendy Carey, Linda Paul, Pam Brady-Germain, Cynthia Winfield-Cummings, Ashna Rawji, Brian Carriere, Kelly Wulff, Tim Tsounis, Jennifer Salt, Louise Kashuba, Amanda (Embleton) Davey, Dianne Gruber

Kaitlyn Tate 
Kaitlyn Tate 
Dilmi Samaranayake
Dilmi Samaranayake
Dilmi Samaranayake