McMaster University

McMaster University

Ruth Chen

Ruth Chen

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean, Academic Resources & Department Education Coordinator (DEC)
BA (University of California, Berkeley), MSN (Yale University), PhD – Health Research Methodology (McMaster University)

905.525.9140 Ext. 24096

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Dr. Chen is the Assistant Dean, Academic Resources and Department Education Coordinator for the School of Nursing (SON) at McMaster University. In these roles, she oversees all Part-Time Instructors and Clinical Faculty appointees to ensure all instructional needs of the school are addressed and that students have an optimal learning experience. She is currently the Faculty of Health Sciences representative on the Undergraduate Council. Dr. Chen serves on the Board of Directors for the Yale University School of Nursing Alumni Association and is a Delegate of the Association for Yale Alumni. She is an advocate for community service and engagement and has been the country coordinator for Canada for the Yale Day of Service since 2012.

Dr. Chen completed her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California at Berkeley, her Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University, and her PhD in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Health Research Methodology Program, at McMaster University.

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Dr. Chen's previous research focused on pediatric asthma and pediatric pain management, and her clinical work as a nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist was in the areas of anesthesia/pain management and pediatric cardiology.

Currently, her interests center around 1) implementation and evaluation of innovative education technologies, and 2) the exploration of philosophical and ethical issues in health professions education and education research. She currently holds an Education Innovations Fund grant from the Faculty of Health Sciences where she is developing and testing a web application (web app) for senior-level nursing students to facilitate competency-based pediatric nursing practice. She has also studied the implementation and evaluation of online learning and technology-enhanced learning practices in health professions education. Additionally, she explores philosophical and ethical issues in health professions education and has published on subjects such as the hidden curriculum, moral imagination, and student participation in health professions education research.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Teaching

Ruth’s primary teaching responsibilities are with the undergraduate program. She teaches the online sections of the Level 4 core courses in the BScN program and supervises professional practice and research practicum students. She is particularly interested in developing and expanding the online learning opportunities for students and faculty.

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