“The spectrum of diversity is part of the human story at its best. Where systems, institutions and individuals mobilize power to disadvantage others, health and social inequities result. All of the human family is then negatively impacted.”
Reimer-Kirkham was appointed Dean of Nursing in August 2019. She brings academic distinction, a wealth of experience, and highly informed perspectives on nursing to her role. Reimer-Kirkham is a committed educator, a respected academic leader, and an internationally regarded researcher. Among other awards, Reimer-Kirkham was a recipient of the 2019 UBC School of Nursing Centenary Medal of Distinction and was appointed in 2014 to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Scientists and Artists.
Reimer-Kirkham’s research focuses on diversity, religion/spirituality, equity and human rights—all in relation to health and healthcare services. She has brought together international teams to study the negotiation of religious plurality, most recently with a project on the expression of prayer in Vancouver and London hospitals. She is currently leading an international program of research on human rights and albinism that includes a study on mothering and albinism in Tanzania, South Africa, and Ghana. Reimer-Kirkham also conducts nursing education and knowledge translation research, and with colleagues developed the Knowledge-AS-Action Framework. She Is recognized for her contributions to postcolonial feminist research in nursing. She teaches in the areas of nursing philosophy, nursing research and knowledge translation, spirituality and nursing, and health policy.
Research & Scholarship
Selected Current and Completed Research:
Mothering, albinism, and human rights in Africa: Mapping patterns of resilience at the juncture of gender, colourism, and religion. ($289,592). Reimer-Kirkham, S. (applicant); Co-applicants: Astle, B., Beaman, L., Ibhawow, B., Tettey, W.; Collaborators: Ero, IK., Imafidon, E., Sharma, S., Panchuk, K.; Site Collaborators: Senkora, P., Rwela, E., Mgijima-Konopi, I., Kromberg, J., Mazibuko, G., Waifi, B. Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight (2019 – 2023).
Living well together? Learning from women healthcare chaplains about religion, gender, and human flourishing. (£5000). Principal Investigator: Sharma, S. Co-Investigator: Reimer-Kirkham Funding: Sociology of Religion Study Group (SocRel), British Sociological Association (2019 – 2020).
Compassion Care after a Code Blue: A study of a psychological based group debriefing tool on a medical unit. Principal Investigator: Barbara Drake. Co-Investigators: M. Heyn, S. Reimer-Kirkham, N.Shivji. Funding: Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, Research Challenge (2018 – 2019).
The welfare and security of persons with albinism: Developing a research-policy network to address the interplay of spiritual/cultural practices and human rights. ($74,890). Principal Investigator: S. Reimer-Kirkham, S. Co-applicants: Astle, B., Beaman, L., Ibhawow, B., Tettey, W; Consultants: Ero, IK, Dixon, D., Sawatzky, R., HQP: Panchuk, K. Funding: SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2017 – 2019).
Praying to transgress? Exploring accommodation of and resistance to prayer in public spaces. ($245,301). Principal Investigator: Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham. Collaborators: Sonya Sharma, Lori Beaman, Paul Bramadat, Sylvie Mayo-Collins, Andrew Todd. Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2015 – 2018).
Integrating a quality of life assessment and practice support system in homecare services for older adults with life-limiting illness and their families. ($749,816). R. Sawatzky (principal investigator); R. Cohen, K. Schick-Makaroff, K. Stajduhar (co-principal investigators); N. Hilliard (clinician lead/principal knowledge user); L. Zetes-Zanatta (decision maker/ principal knowledge user); Bottorff, S. Bryan, P. Dodek, K. Fraser, A. Gadermann, E. Laforest, M. Parrilla Lopez, S. Reimer-Kirkham, P.A. Ratner, L. Russell, H. Tsang, M. Santana, D. Whitehurst (co-investigators); T. Edwards, G. Ewing, G. Grande, J. Öhlén (international collaborators); S. Baxter, S. Brown, J. Carlson, S. Cory, L. Cuthbertson, J. Gerke, B. McLeod, C. Paul, J. Resin, D. Roberts, C. Tayler, D. Williscroft, J. Warneboldt (knowledge users); J. Haskins, M. Kundert (collaborators). Partners: Fraser Health; Cambian Business Services, Inc; J. Voth & Intogrey Research and Development. This research is supported by: Geoff Cowman, CARP (Richmond/Delta. www.carp.ca); Barb MacLean, Family Caregivers of British Columbia (www.familycaregiversbc.ca); Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (www.chpca.net); The Canadian Virtual Hospice www.virtualhospice.ca); Mary Lok, Alies Maybee, Catherine Yau (patient/family caregiver representatives). Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Electronic Health Innovation Partnership Program. (2015 –2019).
Access to End of Life Care for Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations ($488,535). Principal Investigator: Kelli Stajduhar Co-Investigators: Ryan McNeil, Bernadette Pauly, Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, Bruce Wallace. Knowledge Users: Danica Gleave, Kristen Kvakic, Caite Meagher, Grey Showler. Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2014 – 2017).
- Ph.D. in Nursing, University of British Columbia, Canada
- Masters of Science in Nursing, University of British Columbia, Canada
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Victoria, BC, Canada
Awards & Honors
Selected Awards & Honors:
- University of British Columbia School of Nursing, Centenary Medal of Distinction (2019)
- Royal Society of Canada, Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists (2014)
- College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia, Award of Excellence in Nursing Research (2010)
- Elizabeth Kenny McCann Outstanding Dissertation Award, UBC School of Nursing (2001)
- Governor General’s Gold Medal, University of British Columbia (2000)
Please see journal publications listed on Pub Med and Google Scholar. The list below includes recent publications not indexed on PubMed or Google Scholar.
Reimer-Kirkham, S., Sharma, S., Brown, R., and Calestani, M., with Beardsley, C., Beaman, L., Bramadat, P., Collins-Mayo, S., Corcoran Smith, B., Quinn, B., & Todd, A. (in press).Prayer as transgression? The social relations of prayer in healthcare. Montreal:McGill-Queens University Press.
Reimer-Kirkham, S., Sharma, S., & Corcoran, B. (in press).Spiritual caregiving in long-term care settings: Person-centred approaches.In M. Taher (Ed.) Multifaith perspectives in Canadian spiritual & religious care. Canadian Multifaith Federation.
Reimer-Kirkham, S. (in press). Nurses on the frontline of secular and religious knowledges. In D. Lüddeckens, P.Klassen, J. Stein, P.Hetmanczyk (Eds.). Handbook of Religion, Medicine, and Health.Routledge.
Reimer-Kirkham, S. DaCosta, A., De Boer, M., Dresselhuis, A., Hall, B., Optland, P., Pan, M. & Williams, G. (in press). Inclusion and quality of life for older adults in Canada:Nurses advocating for policy change.Home Healthcare Now.Accepted November 23, 2019.
Astle, B., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Theron, M., & Lee, J. (in press). An innovative online knowledge translation curriculum in graduate education. WORLDViews on Evidence-Based Nursing. Accepted September 2019.
Reimer-Kirkham, S. (2019). Complicating nursing’s views on religion and politics in healthcare. Nursing Philosophy. Published online 2 September 2019.
Stajduhar, K.I., Mollison, A., Giesbrecht, M., McNeil, R., Pauly, B., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Dosani, N., Wallace, B., Showler, G., Meagher, C., Kvakic, K., Gleave, D., Teal, T., Rose, C., Showler, C., Rounds, K. (2019). “Just too busy living in the moment and surviving”: Barriers to accessing health care for structurally vulnerable populations at end-of-life. BMC Palliative, 18 Article 11.
Reimer-Kirkham, S., Astle, B., Ero, I., Panchuk, K., Dixon, D. (2019). The influence of spiritual and cultural practices on health and healthcare of persons with albinism: A scoping review. Disability & Society, 34(5) 747-774.
Affiliations & Memberships
Selected Affiliations & Memberships:
- BCNNP – Registered Nurse, British Columbia
- Co-Director and Founding Member, TWU Centre for Equity & Global Engagement
- Associate Member, Adjunct, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary
- Associate Member, Adjunct, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Victoria
- Founding Member, Religion in Canada Institute, Trinity Western University
- Founding Member, Gender Studies Institute, Trinity Western University
Reimer-Kirkham’s expertise centres on the intersection of religion, race, culture, and gender, with a particular focus on equity and health. She has published on spiritual caregiving; palliative approach; cultural safety; health care ethics; global health; human rights; knowledge translation; and qualitative research, interpretive description, and critical research methods (postcolonial feminism).
NURS 350 Spirituality and the Helping Professions
NURS 510 Foundations of Nursing Knowledge
NURS 520 Knowledge Synthesis
NURS 530 Nursing Inquiry 1 (Qualitative Research)
NURS 550 Health Care Policy
NURS 633 Health Care Ethics and Decision-Making
NURS 692/693 Knowledge Translation
Directed Studies: Critical Methods in Health Research