Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Barbara Paterson

Barbara Paterson

Barbara Paterson

Name: Dr Barbara Paterson
Position: Dean and Professor
Phone: 250.852.7288


Barbara has two main interests as a professor and nurse educator; chronic illness care and prevention and nursing education. She has received awards for her excellence in teaching (e.g., the national 3M Award and the UBC Killam award) and research (e.g., RNABC Award of Excellence and the Canadian Diabetes Association Novo Nordisc Award). Her dissertation on clinical nursing education won the Outstanding Canadian Dissertation of the Year Award in 1991.

Research Interests

Barbara has led over 20 funded research projects in the areas of chronic illness or nursing education. Currently, she is leading large research teams across Canada in (1)the causes, impact and solutions of non-attendance among Aboriginal people in diabetes care; (2)the development on an on-line social support intervention for parents of adolescents with diabetes; and (3) the development of alternative models of engagement of people with HIV/AIDS in AIDS organizations. These are funded by CIHR. Before coming to TRU, she was a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Chronic Illness at the University of New Brunswick.


Barbara received all three of her degrees from the University of Manitoba. She took a three year hospital-based diploma program in nursing before obtaining a BN in 1971. In 1981, she completed a masters in adult and post-secondary education. In 1991, she graduated with an interdisciplinary (nursing, psychology & education) PhD.


Barbara's publications are too numerous to mention here. Her current writings include an edited book on student-centered teaching and one on the application of chronic illness care research to practice. She is the editor of an international journal (Journal of Nursing and Healthcare of Chronic Illness. She has been cited over 1000 times in refereed journal articles in the past two decades.

Employment History

Barbara has been a bedside nurse, a hospital administrator, and a nurse educator in LPN, diploma and community college and university nursing programs in three Canadian provinces. She has supervised over 100 graduate students. She has been an invited visiting scholar in universities across the world, including in Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Australia, as well in several Canadian (e.g., U of C) and USA universities (e.g.,Duke University).

Courses Taught

Barbara has taught courses at all levels and for LPN, diploma, undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students. She has taught courses in how to teach, curriculum development, adult medical nursing, research methods, and nursing theory.

Professional Affiliations

Barbara is a member of NANB and CRNBC. She is a member of two CIHR review committees and the review team for Canada Research Chairs. As a 3M Teaching Fellow, she is a member of STLHE.