Assistant Professor of Nursing
Neufeld Science Centre
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Experiences during life transitions can negatively affect patterns of health behavior, altering chronic disease risk trajectories. Through the lens of sex and gender, I am committed to understanding diverse ways health vulnerabilities and decision-making intersect at life transitions. This, with the goal to develop inclusive strategies for identifying and supporting people during critical health windows.

Sarah Liva, PhD, RN, joined TWU as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2018. She has a clinical background in labour and delivery and family practice and teaches in the areas of maternity, evidence-based practice, qualitative inquiry, and knowledge synthesis/translation.

Research & Scholarship

Impact of caregiving on the health outcomes of community-dwelling care recipient-caregiver dyads with comorbidity: A mixed methods meta-synthesis (2021-2023). Principal Investigator. Role Co-investigator. TWU Internal Grant.

Guidelines for healthcare providers’ application of patient‐centre measurement (PCM) data in practice (2019 to 2021) | Principal Investigator: Dr. Angela Wolff | Role: Co-Investigator, Maternal-child cluster | BC SUPPORT Unit, patient-centered measurement cluster


  • PhD 2018 (UBC)
  • Canadian Obesity Network, Obesity Summer School (2015)
  • MSN 2011 (UBC)
  • BScN 2005 (UBC)

Awards & Honors

  • Advancement of Nursing Knowledge Award, TWU (2021-2023)
  • Laura Bassi Scholarship (Junior Academic) (2019)
  • Margaret Duncan Memorial Scholarship (2015)
  • Better Days, Better Nights Training Award, CIHR (2014)
  • Fellowship in Transdisciplinary Primary Health Care Research Award (2014)
  • Graduate Student Award, UBC (2013)
  • Graduate Student Award, UBC (2012)
  • Graduate Student Award, UBC (2011)
  • Flora Musgrave Scholarship (2010)
  • Helen Badenoch Award (2004)

Recent Publications


Google Scholar:


Hall, W., & Liva, S. (Revised and re-submitted May 31, 2021). Falling through the cracks: Graduate students’ experiences of mentoring absence. The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (First Submission August 10th, 2020).

Wolff, Angela; Dresselhuis, A; Dixon, D., Gibson, D., Howard, F., Liva, S., Astle, B. A., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Noonan, V. & Edwards, L. (Accepted May 28, 2021). Healthcare providers’ integration of patient-centred measures (PCM) data into practice: A protocol for a mixed methods systematic review using implementation science. Systematic Reviews.

Liva, S. J., Hall, W. A., & Oliffe, J. (2021). Reconciling relationships with physical activity: a qualitative study of women’s postnatal physical activity decision-making. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 21, 81. doi: 10.1186/s12884-020-03537-z.

Hall, W. A., & Liva, S. (2021). Mentoring as a transformative experience. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership, 29(1), 6-22. doi: 10.1080/13611267.2021.1899583

Kwon, J. Y., Bulk, L., Giannone, Z., Liva, S., Bubli, C., & Brown, H. (2018). An innovative collaborative peer review process in a health professional student journal: Findings from an exploratory study, Journal of Interprofessional Care, 32(1), 101-103. doi: 10.1080/13561820.2017.1358156

Affiliations & Memberships

  • Women’s Health Research Institute (Affiliate)                                                                                                                                   
  • Canadian Alliance of Nurse Educators using Simulation (Member)           
  • Obesity Canada (Member, former inaugural executive member of Vancouver and UBC student chapters)
  • Canadian Fitness Professional Association (Fitness Professional)
  • British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (Registered Nurse)


  • Qualitative inquiry
  • Grounded theory
  • Health decision-making
  • Perinatal health vulnerabilities
  • Postpartum transition
  • Physical activity health promotion

Courses Taught

N224 Evidence-informed practice

N323 Maternal child Health

N520 Evidence synthesis

N530 Nursing Inquiry 1

N692/693 Knowledge Translation