JoAnne MacDonald, RN, PhD

Dr. JoAnne MacDonald RN PhD (University of Ottawa) is the Associate Dean (Academic) at the University of Calgary in Qatar. She has over thirty years of nursing experience in practice, research, health policy, administration, and education. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Francis Xavier
University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, her Master of Nursing from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Ottawa, Ontario. Much of her career was in community/public health before joining academia 2008.

JoAnne’s work and research is focused on education and health system change. She has a particular interest in program design and evaluation. JoAnne has lead program redesigns and provided consultation for various nursing programs in Canada, Kenya, Indonesia, and Qatar. As a Certified Facilitator for the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, JoAnne has provided workshops in Canada, Belgium, and Qatar for the uptake of best practice guidelines in academic and health service settings. Recent research includes evaluating the integration of best practice guidelines in curriculum and health service organizations,
the establishment of academic-health service partnerships to enhance the uptake of evidence-based practice, and the development of structural, process, and impact academic program and curriculum indicators to guide the continuous assessment of health professional education.