Nursing and Behavioural Research

Behavioural research looks at how our minds and our bodies are linked as well as how we respond emotionally to illness.

BC Alliance for Telehealth Policy and Research 
The British Columbia Alliance on Telehealth Policy and Research (BCATPR) is a multi-disciplinary research team working in the area of health-related services using telecommunications technologies. This alliance is a joint partnership consisting of academic institutions and provincial health authorities committed to providing relevant evidence and capacity building for integration of sustainable telehealth care services into routine health care practices within British Columbia.

Contact Information

Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre
2600 – 515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 5K3
Phone: 778-782-7739
Fax: 778-782-7766

Clinical Nursing Research

Dr Martha Mackay PhD, RN CCN(C)

Heart disease takes a high toll on Canadians. It can lead to death or affect our ability to function and earn a living and our overall happiness. Physical factors (to do with our body’s makeup) are very important in heart disease. Other factors, such as people’s gender, ethnic background and social position can also play a part in how heart disease affects people. But we don’t completely understand how important these factors are or how they work. Dr. Mackay is a clinician-scientist in cardiac nursing, based at the School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, and St. Paul’s Hospital Heart Centre. Her research looks at how these social and other factors affect what patients do to take care of their heart health, how easily they get heart care, and how well they recover after receiving care. This knowledge will lay the groundwork for new treatments and ways to close any gaps we find.

Dr Sandra Lauck PhD, RN

Dr. Lauck is a clinician scientist at the Centre for Heart Valve Innovation at St. Paul’s Hospital, and a clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia School of Nursing. Vancouver is internationally renowned for developing new ways of caring for people with heart valve disease. It’s important to make sure that we have the right services in place in the hospital to help people who need these new procedures. It’s also important that we understand if these new treatments make a difference to our patients, especially in terms of their quality of life. Dr. Lauck’s research aims to help the Centre for Heart Valve Innovation deliver the best care it can so that patients can have the best results.

Research in Cardiac Psychology
The cardiac psychology group is actively engaged in research. The following describes general research interests as well as research projects that are currently under way. The Heart Centre Psychologists explore issues such as psychological distress, decision making, motivation to change, anxiety and depression and caregiver experiences.

Contact Information

Dr. Sarah Cockell, PhD, R.Psych.
Pacific Adult Congenital Heart Program
Dr. Quincy Young, PhD, R.Psych.
Heart Transplant & VAD Programs