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

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  • Boamah, S.A. (2022). The impact of transformational leadership on nurse faculty satisfaction and burnout during the COVID-19 pandemic: a moderated mediated analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing. Jan-2021-1815.
  • Boamah, S.A. (2022). Investigating the work-life experiences of nursing faculty in Canadian academic settings and the factors that influence their retention: protocol for a mixed-methods study. BMJ Open 2022;12:e056655. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-056655
  • Boamah, S.A., Hamadi, H.Y., Havaei, F., Smith, H., & Webb, F. (2022). Striking a balance between work and play: The effects of work-life interference and burnout on faculty turnover intentions and career satisfaction. IJERPH, 19(2), 809.
  • Boamah, S.A., Hamadi, H.Y., & Spaulding, A.C. (2022). Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program, Racial and Ethnic Diversity, and Magnet Designation in the United States. Journal of Patient Safety, 1-6. doi: 10.1097/PTS.0000000000001014
  • Havaei, F., Tang, X., Smith, P., Boamah S.A., & Frankfurter, C. (2022). The association between mental health symptoms and quality and safety of patient care before and during COVID-19 among Canadian nurses. Healthcare, 10(2), 314.
  • Boamah, S.A., Dal Bello-Haas, V., Weldrick, R., Durepos, P., & Kaasalainen, S. (2021). The cost of isolation: A protocol for exploring the experiences of family caregivers. Social Science Protocol, 4, 1–9.
  • Boamah, S.A., Weldrick, R., Lee, T.J., & Taylor, N. (2021). Social isolation among older adults in long-term care: A scoping review. Journal of Aging & Health, 33(7–8).
  • Boamah, S.A., Hamadi, H.Y., Bailey, C.E., Apatu, E., Spaulding, A.C. (2021). The influence of community health on hospitals attainment of Magnet designation: Implications for policy and practice. Journal of Advanced Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jan.15015
  • Lo, T.K.T, Boamah, S.A., Poss, J.W., Teare, G. F., Norton, P.G., & Estabrooks, C.A. (2021). How does the facilitation effort of clinical educators interact with aspects of organizational context to affect research use in long-term care? Evidence from CHAID analysis. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12690
  • Havaei, F., Ji, X.R., & Boamah, S.A. (2021). Workplace predictors of quality and safe patient care delivery among nurses using machine learning techniques. Journal of Nursing Care Quality. doi:10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000600
  • 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.
  • 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. (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. & Laschinger, H.K. (2015). Engaging new nurses: the role of psychological capital and workplace empowerment. Journal of Research in Nursing, 20(4), 265–277.


  • U21 Health Sciences Group Early Career Researcher Award, University of Birmingham, UK
  • 2019: Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award, Faculty of Nursing (Windsor)
  • 2017: Provincial Nurse Educators Interest Group Scholarship, Registered Nurses’ Foundation of Ontario
  • 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. (PI), Vrkljan, B., Alvarez, E., Weldrick, R., Mitchell, S., & Moll, S. Healing the Healers: Using experience-based co-design approach to address occupational burnout among health care workers in long-term care. CIHR Project Grant; $227,181.00. 2022–2024.
  • Havaei, F. (PI), Keselman, D., MacPhee, M., Salmon, A., Sims-Gould, J., Boamah, S., Zhang, W., Easterbrook, A., Dawson, L., Croll, L., Mackenzie, I., Dhalla, S., Biggs, K., & Lee, S.Workload management through understanding and addressing resident needs in long term care: A study to adapt, validate, implement and evaluate the Synergy Model. CIHR Catalyst Grant: Quadruple Aim and Equity; $100,000. 2022–2023.
  • Dal Bello-Haas, V., Boamah, S., & Hamidian, R. Healthcare Provider Perceptions about the Management and Care of People with Dementia: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Evidence. Alzheimer Society Foundation - Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, Hamilton, and Halton; $12,530. 2022–2022.
  • Belita, E., Dobbins, M., Neil-Sztramko, S. (co-PIs); Cabaj, J., Neudorf, D., Boamah, S., Jack, S., & Watson-Creed, G. Prioritizing the public health workforce in Canada: Understanding psychological health and intention to leave during COVID-19. CIHR Operating Grant; $223,190. 2022–2024.
  • Durepos, P., MacBean, C. (co-PIs); Cormier, N., Gould, O., Olthuis, J., Bateman, S., McCloskey, R., Boamah, S., Sussman, T., Gardner, P., Robitaille, A., & Kaasalainen, S. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy through Tele-Counselling for Caregivers in New Brunswick. Mental Health Research Commission and New Brunswick Health Research Foundation; $50,000. 2022–2023. 
  • Boamah, S.A. Comparative Analysis of Nursing Faculty Experiences in Canada and the United States. U21 Health Sciences Group Early Career Researcher Fund; £5,000. 2021–2022.
  • Daniel, J., & Waldron, I. (co-PIs); Boamah, S., Marignani, P., Mbuagbaw, L., Hostovsky, C., Delisle, L., Kim, J., & Sweeney, E. Genes and Geography: Disparities in Cancer Incidence and Outcomes in a Black Canadian Community. New Frontiers in Research Fund – Exploration; $250,000. 2021–2023.
  • Boamah, S.A., Dal Bello-Haas, V., Kaasalainen, S., Willams, A., Chalifour, J., & Edwards, C. The cost of isolation: Exploring the experiences of people with dementia and their family caregivers. Fall 2020 SSHRC Explore – Major Collaborative Project Seed Grant; $15,000.00. 2021-2022.
  • Barrett J (NPI), Agarwal G, Alvarez E, Boamah S, Castillo E, D'Souza R, Darling E, (co-PIs); Dunn J, Iorio A, Alton G, Apatu E, Bisnaire L, Bogler T, Cook J, Dube E, El-Chaar D, Ellis S, Fadel S, Fell D, Katherine W, Kuret V, Lavis J, MacDonald S, Malhame I, Poliquin V, Schwartz L, Scott H, Sprague AE, Sussman D, Thabane L, Walker M, Yudin M, DeFrance B, Downey B, Money B, Schoenfeld E, Vohra-Miller S, Wolfe S. Encouraging vaccine confidence among pregnant and breastfeeding Canadians. NSERC - Encouraging vaccine confidence in Canada Spring 2021 competition; $50,000. 2021–2023.
  • Boamah, S.A., Baumann, A., & Arku, G. Worklife in Canada: Perspectives of early career nursing faculty. SSHRC-Insight Development Grant; $64,564. 2020-2022.
  • Boamah, S.A., Carter, N., & Pierazzo, J. Exploring Female Faculty Perspectives on Worklife and Strategies for Academic Mentorship. Academic Mentorship Research Starter Fund; $2,000. 2020-2021.


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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