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Alba DiCenso


Alba DiCenso is a retired faculty member and Professor emeritus. She first joined McMaster University in 1978 as a Lecturer in the School of Nursing. She held the position of a tenured Professor with the School and the CHSRF/CIHR Chair in Advanced Practice Nursing. She also held the position of Director of the CHSRF/CIHR Ontario Training Centre in Health Services and Policy Research.

Alba has a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) and a Master of Science from McMaster University and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Waterloo.

Her primary research interests include health services research, evidence-based nursing, and the introduction and evaluation of acute care and primary care nurse practitioner roles. Alba also holds a joint appointment with the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. In 2005 she was first author of a peer-reviewed book on evidence-based nursing.

Alba's most recent research has focused on the facilitators and barriers to the full integration of nurse practitioners into primary health care, the role of the NP in the emergency department and in long-term care.

In 2008, she was a recipient of the Canadian Nurses Association's Centennial Award.

Select Publications

  • DiCenso, A. (2008). Roles, research and resilience: The evolution of advanced practice nursing. Canadian Nurse, 104(9):37-40.
  • DiCenso, A., D'Amour, D., Kearney, A.J., Sheps, S. (2008). University collaboration in delivering applied health and nursing services research training. Healthcare Policy, 3 (Special Issue): 80-95.
  • DiCenso, A., Auffrey, L., Bryant-Lukosius, D., Donald, F., Martin-Misener, R., Matthews, S., Opsteen, J. (2007). Primary health care nurse practitioners in Canada. Contemporary Nursing, 26(1):104-115.

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