Assistant Professor of Nursing
Neufeld Science Centre
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"From a life course perspective I believe the breadth of physical, social, and emotional changes occurring in the year following childbirth create the potential for this period to significantly alter the course of families’ and caregivers’ long-term health. This belief and my view of interdisciplinary support as being essential for promoting health motivates me to participate in strengthening health services for families and caregivers through research examining care delivery and health vulnerabilities across the postpartum transition."

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

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

  • Laura Bassi Scholarship (Junior Academic) (2019)
  • 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)

Recent Publications

Wolff, Angela; Dresselhuis, A; Dixon, D., Gibson, D., Howard, F., Liva, S., Astle, B. A., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Noonan, V. & Edwards, L. (Submitted Fall 2020). Healthcare Providers’ Integration of Patient-Centred Measures (PCM) Data into Practice: A Protocol for a Mixed Methods Systematic Review Using Implementation Science. Systematic Reviews.

Hall, W., & Liva, S. (Accepted, October 2020). Mentoring as a transformative experience, Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning.

Hall, W. A., & Liva, S. (Submitted August 2020). Falling through the cracks: Graduate Students’ Experiences of Mentoring. The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Liva, S., Hall, W., & Oliffe, J. (Revised and resubmitted June 2020). Reconciling relationships with physical activity: A qualitative study of women’s postnatal physical activity decision-making, BMC Women and Health.

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

Hall, W., Liva, S., Moynihan, M., & Saunders, R. (2015). A comparison of actigraphy and sleep diaries for infants’ sleep behaviour. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 6. doi:  10.3389/fpsyt.2015.00019

Liva, S., Boschma, G., & Hall, W. (2013). Labour support and high-touch care: A lost art in perinatal nursing? Bulletin of the UKHAN, 2, 23-37.

Liva, S., Hall, W., Klein, M., & Wong, S. (2012). Do Canadian perinatal nurses differ in their attitudes towards birth practices? Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, 41(6), 761-773. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2012.01412.x

Affiliations & Memberships

  • Western North-Western Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (Member)
  • Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nurses (Member)
  • Canadian Alliance of Nurse Educators using Simulation (Member)
  • Women’s Health Research Institute (Affiliate)
  • 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 (BCCNM)(Registered Nurse)


  • Qualitative inquiry
  • Grounded theory
  • 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