Professor & Vice-Dean
Faculty of Nursing
University of Alberta
Dr. Joanne Profetto-McGrath received her BScN and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario and her M.Ed (Educational Administration) and PhD (Nursing) from the University of Alberta. She was the first to hold a CHSRF/ CIHR Post-doctoral fellowship and an AHFMR Career Renewal Award in the Centre for Knowledge Transfer (2002-2004) where her program of research focused on Knowledge Utilization and Policy Development within an Organizational Context.
As a FON Professor and Associate Faculty with the Knowledge Utilization Studies Program, Dr. Profetto-McGrath focuses her program of research on Building Provider Capacity in Knowledge Creation, Utilization and Transfer. She has been/is Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on a number of nationally funded studies focused on Knowledge Utilization, Critical Thinking, and Translating Research in Long Term Care.
Dr. Profetto-McGrath’s clinical background is medical/surgical nursing. Over the years she worked in these areas as staff nurse and nurse educator. She has also held several administrative roles in nursing education programs. Dr. Profetto-McGrath has taught a variety of nursing theory and practice courses, and has supervised several master and doctoral students. Currently she supervises 4 PhD students and 2 MN students and co-supervises two PDFs. She has been recognized with several awards for her teaching excellence and a Canadian Nurses Association Centennial Award.
Since the completion of her doctoral education, Dr. Profetto-McGrath has completed studies and published her work focused on critical thinking, questioning, and research utilization. She has presented papers and posters at numerous research conferences and workshops throughout Canada, Australia, USA, UK, and Ireland. Dr. Profetto-McGrath is co-author of the Canadian Essentials of Nursing Research currently in its third edition, published in English and French and used in over 50 countries. She is also lead author of three chapters in edited books, author/co-author of twenty seven articles in peer reviewed journals, a reviewer for several granting agencies and several high impact nursing and interprofessional journals, and is an active member of regional, national and international professional organizations.