Gwen R. Rempel PhD, RN

Associate Professor

Dr. Gwen Rempel


Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Disciplines

Associate Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing, Trinity Western University


  • 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 - Parenting™ Program
  • Philosophical and critical foundations of nursing
  • Qualitative and mixed methods research

Scholarship and Research Interests

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

Professional Associations

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

Recent Presentations/Published Abstracts

Rempel, G., R., Charles, S., Rogers, L. G., McCrindle, B. W., Kovacs, A. H., Yaskina, M., Williams, E., Dragieva, D., Mustafa, S., Schugh, M., Anthony, S. J., & Mackie, A. S. (2021, January). A typology of transition readiness for adolescents with congenital heart disease in preparation for transfer from pediatric to adult care. Poster presented at Transitions to Adult Care Pop-Up Event, Children’s Health Care Canada.

Rempel. G. (2020, November 20). Children and adolescents: Attachment and transition. Invited oral presentation at 9th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative, Virtual Format, in collaboration with Texas Children’s Hospital.

Gray, L., Rempel, G. R., Wong, G., & Cook, K. (2020, Sept). The boom of Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic: Moving qualitative research online. Presentation for NVivo Virtual Conference: Qualitative Research in a Changing World, Virtual Conference.

Rehman, J., Rempel, G. R., Williams, E., Meakins, L., Bauman, M., Massicotte,P., Davis, R., Dahl, J., Mackie, A. S. (2020). Development and evaluation of a preoperative preparation program for parents of children undergoing Fontan surgery. The Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 36(10), S26.

Khoury, M., Phillips, D. B., Wood, P.W., Mott, W. R., Stickland, M. K., Boulanger, P., Rempel, G. R., Conway, J., Mackie, A. S., & Khoo, N. (2020). Cardiac rehabilitation in the pediatric Fontan population: Development of a home-based high-intensity interval training program. The Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 36(10), S24-25.

Selected Publications

Rogers, L., G., Shearer, K., Southon Hryniuk, S., Ray, L., & Rempel, G. R. (2021). Beyond the interview guide: Experiences of practically and mindfully implementing interview guidelines when conducting research with children and adolescents with chronic conditions and their siblings. International Journal of Qualitative Methodology, 20, 1-14.

Khoruy, M., Phillip, D. B., Wood, P. W., Mott, W. R., Stickland, M. K., Boulanger, P., Rempel, G. R., Conway, J., Mackie, A. S.,& Khoo, N. (2020). Cardiac rehabilitation in the pediatric Fontan population: Development of a home-based high-intensity interval training program. Cardiology in the Young, 30(10), 1409-1416.

Parfeniuk, S., Petrovic, K., MacIsaac, P., Cook, K. A., & Rempel, G. R. (2020). Transition readiness measures for emerging adults with chronic disease: A systematic review. Journal of Transition Medicine, 2(1), 1-16.

Gray, L., Wong, G., Rempel, G. R., & Cook, K. (2020). Expanding qualitative research interviewing strategies: Zoom video communications. The Qualitative Report, 25(5), 1292-1301.

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.

Recent Grants

Bryan, V. (PI), Rempel, G., & Stephens, J. (2020). [COVID-19] 2020-2021 “Psychological Influences of COVID-19 on Nurses’ Self-efficacy and Job Satisfaction while Commencing a Master of Nursing degree at Athabasca University: A Qualitative Descriptive Study”. Athabasca University Academic Research Fund, $6,000. [DATES: 2020-11-01 to 2021-10-31]

Rempel, G. (PI), Khoo, N. (Co-PI), Khoury, M., Mackie, A.S., Strickland, M., Wood, P., & Conway, J. (2019). Promotion of physical activity in children and adolescents with single ventricle physiology through an interval training program using a novel home-based telemedicine video game-linked exercise platform: Impact of cardiac rehabilitation on patient and parental perceptions of the patient’s self-efficacy and physical capacity. Athabasca University Academic Research Fund, $6,000. [DATES: 2020-01-01 to 2020-06-30; extension to 2020-12-31].


  • 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.