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Sheila Boamah


Dr. Sheila Boamah joined McMaster University in 2020 as an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing. Her clinical background is in geriatric and critical care nursing. Her program of research focuses on two core areas: (a) Health System Transformation and Innovation; and (b) Population Health.

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  • Boamah, S.A. (2019). Emergence of informal clinical leadership as a catalyst for improving patient care quality and job satisfaction. Journal of Advanced Nursing; 75, 1000–1009.
  • Boamah, S.A., & Tremblay, P. (2019). Examining the factor structure of the MLQ transactional and transformational leadership dimensions in nursing context. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 41(5), 743-761.
  • Wiktorowicz, M. E., Abdulle, A., Di Pierdomenico, K., & Boamah, S.A. (2019). Models of concurrent disorder service: Policy, coordination and access to care. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10, 61. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00061
  • Boamah, S.A. (2018). Linking nurses’ clinical leadership to patient care quality: The role of transformational leadership and workplace empowerment. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 50(1), 9-19.
  • Boamah, S.A., Laschinger, H.K., Wong, C., & Clarke, S. (2018). Effect of transformational leadership on job satisfaction and patient safety outcomes. Nursing Outlook, 66(2), 180-189.
  • Boamah, S.A., Read, E., & Laschinger, H.K. (2017). Factors influencing new graduate nurse burnout development, job satisfaction, and patient care quality: A time-lagged study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 7(5), 1182-1195. doi: 10.1111/jan.13215
  • Boamah, S.A. & Laschinger, H. (2016). The influence of areas of worklife fit and work-life interference on burnout and turnover intentions among new graduate nurses. Journal of Nursing Management, 24(2), E164-174. doi:10.1111/jonm.12318
  • Boamah, S. & Laschinger, H.K. (2015). Engaging new nurses: the role of psychological capital and workplace empowerment. Journal of Research in Nursing, 20(4), 265-277. 


  • 2019: Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award, Faculty of Nursing (Windsor)
  • 2017: Provincial Nurse Educators Interest Group Scholarship, Registered Nurses’ Foundation of


  • 2016–2017: TD Meloche Monnex Scholarship, Canadian Nurses Foundation
  • 2016: Research Award, Nursing Leadership Network of Ontario
  • 2016: Research Grant, Nursing Health Services Research Unit, University of Toronto


  • Boamah, S.A., Baumann, A., & Arku, G. Worklife in Canada: Perspectives of early career nursing faculty. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, $64,564, 2020-2022.


Dr. Boamah’s program of research focuses on two core areas: (a) Health System Transformation and Innovation; and (b) Population Health. Within the field of health systems, her emphasis is on improving organizational structures and processes, and health technologies that affect access to and quality of health care, and ultimately, patients’ health and well-being. The second core area addresses global health issues and alleviation of health inequities and emerging health challenges in marginalized and vulnerable populations worldwide. Specifically, this domain draws attention to the need to promote health and wellness, improve the delivery of community-based health and social services and promote the quality and accountability of health services for the aging population. Methodologically, Dr. Boamah has expertise in both quantitative and mixed methods design.



Dr. Boamah has experience teaching research methods and advanced statistics at the graduate level. Her teaching expertise includes leadership and management, research methods, organizational theory and design in health care systems, and advanced quantitative methods. Student training and mentorship is a cornerstone of her research program, and as such, she works closely with and supervises graduate students, and is always excited to welcome new ones.


Dr. Boamah’s expertise is in teaching leadership and management and global health courses at the undergraduate level using various teaching modalities.

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