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Athabasca University

Gwen R. Rempel PhD, RN

Associate Professor


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 (Vice President)
  • Women and Children’s Health Research Institute
  • International Institute of Qualitative Methodology (IIQM)
  • Alberta Association for Infant Mental Health

Recent Presentations

Wong, G., Rempel, G., Fraser, S., DeRoo, M., & Gray, L. (May, 2017). Best practices in evaluating a relationship-based intervention: The 8-week Circle of Security Parenting. Panel program presented at the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Annual Conference, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Rempel, G. R. (2016, November). Keynote lecture: Parenting under pressure; Nursing research with and for parents of children with complex congenital heart disease. Congenital Cardiac Nurses Association, Annual Meeting of the British Congenital Cardiac Association, Nottingham, England.

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.

Selected Publications

Schmidt, L., Rempel, G., Murray, T., McHugh, T., & Vallance, J. (2016). “We have this saying, you do what you can”: Exploring perceptions of physical activity among older adults in rural Canada. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health Well-being, 11. doi

Mackie, A. S., Rempel, G. R., Kovacs, A. H., Kaufman, M., Rankin, K. N., Jelen, A., Manlhiot, C., Anthony, S. J., Magill-Evans, J., Nicholas, D., Sanaes, R., Oechslin, E., Dragieva, D., Mustafa, S., Williams, E., Schuh, M., & McCrindle, B. W. (2016). A cluster randomized trial of a transition intervention for adolescents with congenital heart disease: Rationale and design of the CHAPTER 2 study. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, 16(127), 1-9

Meakins, L., Ray, L., Hegadoren, K., Rogers, L. G., & Rempel, G. R. (2015). Parental response to caring for their children with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Pediatric Nursing, 41(1), 31-50.
Rempel, G.R., Ballantyne, R.T., Magill-Evans, J., Nicholas, D.B., Mackie, A.S. (2014). Texting teens in transition: The use of text messages in clinical intervention research. JMIR mHealth uHealth, 2(4):e45.

Recent Grants

Fraser, S. (PI), Rempel, G., Wong, G., & Rinaldi, C. (2016). Evaluating the Circle of Security© relationship-based parenting program through repeated Parent-child Mutuality observations and repeated self-report measures of Reflective Functioning: Final Pilot phase. Athabasca University Academic Research Fund, $6,000 requested. [DATES: 2016-03-14 to 2016-08-31].

Khoo, N. S. (PI), Conway, J., Rempel, G., & Boulanger, P. (2016). Physical activity promotion in children and adolescents with HLHS. Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI) Clinical Research Seed Grant, $15,000 [DATES: 2016-01-01 to 2016-12-31].


  • 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

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