Prof. Gwen Rempel

Gwen Rempel, Professor of Nursing and Health Studies, Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University (AU), Canada, conducts qualitative/mixed methods research through Stollery Children’s Hospital, Edmonton. Her research career began as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, identifying “knowing but not knowing” as the experience of parents receiving a fetal diagnosis of CHD. Dr. Rempel’s PhD focused on parenting young children with HLHS – a process of “safeguarding precarious survival”. In a 2003 joint presentation with Annette Majnemer, McGill University, Gwen addressed the urgent need to address neurodevelopment issues in pediatric cardiology, publishing this same message in Cardiology in the Young (2009): “Is ‘Treat your child normally’ helpful advice for parents of survivors of treatment of HLHS?” Gwen, now focusing on the emotional needs of children with CHD, is a Circle of Security Parenting Registered Facilitator, and is developing a protocol to test this 8-week intervention. Gwen also conducts transition readiness and intervention research with Dr. Andrew Mackie, University of Alberta, and recently evaluated a Heart Heroes camp. Gwen recently received an award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision and two of her graduate students have received AU’s allotted Governor General’s Gold Medal for highest academic excellence. Gwen’s lifetime research achievement was honoured by a College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta Nursing Excellence in Research Award. Gwen has highly cited articles on research methods including using genograms and ecomaps in family caregiving research (2007) and using Zoom for qualitative interviews (2020).

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