Gwen R. Rempel PhD, RN

Associate Professor

Dr. Gwen Rempel


Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Disciplines

Associate Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Nursing & Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta


  • Ph.D. (Nursing) University of Alberta
  • MSN (Clinical Specialization) University of British Columbia
  • BSN University of British Columbia

Clinical Background

  • Family Nursing, Advance Practice Nursing, Pediatric Cardiology

Teaching & Learning Interests

  • Relationship-based parenting - Circle of Security
  • Philosophical foundations of nursing
  • Qualitative research methods

Scholarship and Research Interests

  • Parenting children with complex health issues
  • Resilience
  • Family management of health conditions
  • Transition from pediatric to adult care
  • Grounded theory; Interpretive description

Professional Associations

  • College and Association of Registered Nurses
  • Society for Pediatric Cardiovascular Nurses
  • Women and Children’s Health Research Institute
  • International Institute of Qualitative Methodology (IIQM)

Recent Presentations

Rempel, G. R., Charles, S., Rogers, L., & Mackie, A. S. (2018 May). Qualitative inquiry in the context of intervention research: Employing “unobtrusive data” for typology development. Paper presentation at the 16th Qualitative Methods Conference, Banff, AB.

Gray, L., Rempel, G. R., & Wong, G. (2018 May). The use of video teleconferencing as a qualitative method of data collection. Paper presented for presentation at the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology 16th Qualitative Methods Conference, Banff, AB.

Rempel, G. R. (2016, June). Keynote lecture: State of transition in 2016 and future perspectives. 50th Annual Meeting of the Association for European Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology, Rome, Italy.

Rempel, G. R., Perry, B., Penconek, T., & Fraser, S. (2017, October). From “box tops” to the “big leagues”: Developing a successful thesis program in online environment. Paper presented at the World Conference on Online Learning: Teaching in a Digital Age – Re-Thinking Teaching & Learning, Toronto, ON.

Selected Publications

De Roo, M., Wong, G., Rempel, G. R., & Fraser, S. (2019). Advancing optimal development in children: Examining the construct validity of a parent reflective functioning questionnaire. JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting, 2(1), e11561.

Parfeniuk, S., Petrovic, K., MacIsaac, P., Cook, K. A., & Rempel, G. R. (in press). Transition readiness measures for emerging adults with chronic disease: A systematic review. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health.

Catena, G., Rempel, G. R., Kovacs, A. H., Rankin, K. N., Vonder Muhll, I. V., & Mackie, A. S. (2018). “Not such a kid thing anymore”:Young adults’ perspectives on transfer from paediatric to adult cardiology care. Child: Care, Health & Development, 1-7. [Published online 25 March 2018]

Mackie, A. S., Rempel, G. R., Kovacs, A. H., Kaufman, M., Rankin, K. N., Jelen, A., Yaskina, M., Sanaes, R., Oechslin, E., Dragieva, D., Mustafa, S., Williams, E., Schuh, M., Manlhiot, C., Anthony, S. J., Magill-Evans, J., Nicholas, D., & McCrindle, B. W. (2018). Transition intervention for adolescents with congenital heart disease. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 71(16), 1768-1777.

Recent Grants

Khoo, N. S., Conway, J., Boulanger, P., Strickland, M., Rempel, G., Mott, W., & Mackie, A. S. (2018-2020). Promotion of physical activity in children and adolescents with single ventricle physiology: developing an interval training program using a novel home-based telemedicine video game-linked exercise platform. Women and Children’s Health Research Institute Clinical/Community Research Integration Support Program [DATES: 2018-04-01 to 2020-03-31]


  • College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta Nursing Excellence in Research Award
  • 2008-2013 Population Health Investigator; Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research
  • 2009-2011 Research Scholarship, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC)
  • 2006-2008 Clinical Fellowship; TD Bank Financial Group, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute
  • 2005-2006 Post Doctoral Fellowship - funded through Dr. Anne Neufeld by Alzheimer Society of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Gender and Health and Institute of Aging, Canadian Nurses Foundation,Nursing Care Partnership of the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation
  • 2003-2005 Nursing Research Fellowship, HSFC
  • 1999-2002 Doctoral Fellowship, CIHR

Engage in Dr. Rempel’s research program through your thesis project or an independent study.

Gwen has the following studies for graduate student involvement:

  • Child Heart Stories Study—questionnaire and interview data with school age children about their stories of living with complex congenital heart disease for analysis and presentation.
  • Family Resilience Study—questionnaire data from parents of children with complex congenital heart disease for analysis and presentation through conference abstracts, web summaries, video clips and peer reviewed articles.
  • Circle of Security Relationship-Based Parenting—questionnaire data to analyze, interviews to conduct and grant writing.