Dr. Joyce O'Mahony
Position: Associate Professor
InterestsCommunity Health Nursing
Multicultural Health Care
Feminist and Critical Perspectives
Research InterestsCommunity-based Research
Cultural Health and Healthcare Access
Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Strategies
Dr. O'Mahony's background as a community health nurse encouraged her to explore further the mental health care experiences of immigrant women. Her research to date has been motivated by the need to enhance opportunities for improved health through the perspectives of immigrant and refugee women in the postpartum period.
Future research studies planned for: a) knowledge synthesis of immigrant women's experiences of postpartum depression in Canada (ongoing) b) focused interventions of providing appropriate support and educational components for immigrant and refugee women in the perinatal period.
Research and Project Grants:
"Using Community Based Action Research to Support Syrian Refugee Mothers in the Resettlement Period" O'Mahony, J.,(PI), Clark, N., Forster, J., Tan, K., Kassam, S. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)(2019-2022)
"Supporting Emotional Well-being and Access to Healthcare of Syrian Mothers: A Collaboration amongst Community Stakeholders, Researchers and Research users" O'Mahony, J., (PI) Clark, N., Kassam, S., Tan, K., & Bauer, J. Michael Smith Foundation of Health Research C2 Grant. (2018-2019)
"Supporting Syrian Refugee Mothers Access to Health Care" O'Mahony, J. Internal Research Fund. (2018-2019)
"The General Practice Service Committee Residential Care Initiative and the Impact of Physician Attitudes on Engagement in Residential Care" Lawrie, S., Buckley, B.J., O'Mahony, J. (Co-I) Newton, J.,Kosak-Campbell, C.,& Harrison, J.Interior Health Research Grant.(2016-2018)
"Reproductive Mental Health Care Access for Immigrant Women: An Environmental Scan" O'Mahony, J.(PI), Clark, N., Smrek, J.TRU Internal Research Fund. (2016-2017)
"Public Health Nursing Engagement in Comprehensive School Health" Duncan, S.(Co-PI),O'Mahony,J.,(Co-PI) Mahara,S.,Sanders, T.,Weatherman, K., Stade, S., Pitman, V.,& Ringstad, K. Interior Health Practice(2015-2017)
"Immigrant Women's Experiences of Postpartum Depression in Canada: A Narrative Synthesis" Higginbottom,G. (PI)Myfanwy, M.,O'Mahony, J.(Co-I),Chiu, Y., Kocay, D., Alexandre, M. et al. CIHR Knowledge Synthesis Grant. (2013-2016)
EducationPhD: Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Alberta. Dissertation:Immigrant and Refugee Women's Voices: Exploring Postpartum Depression Help Seeking Experiences and Access to Mental Health Care (2011)
MN: Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Alberta. Thesis:Exploring Immigrant Women's Mental Health Care Experiences: From a Health Care Provider's Perspective(2005)
BN:Athabasca University, Athabasca, Alberta (2002)
RN Diploma: Nursing, Red River Community College, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1980)
2009-2012 CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best
2009-2012 AHFMR Mental Health Doctoral Studentship Award
2008 St Pauls Hospital Alumnae Scholarship, Saskatoon
2008 Queen Elizabeth II Open Graduate Research
Scholarship, University of Calgary
2007 Graduate Research Scholarship,University of Calgary
2007 Dean's Entrance Scholarship, University of Calgary
2007 Alberta Mental Health Board Award
Sanders, T., O'Mahony, J. M., Duncan, S., Mahara, S., Pittman, V., Ringstad, K., & Weatherman, K. (2019) Opening the doors for school health: An exploration of public health nurses' capacities to engage in comprehensive school health programs. Public Health Nursing, 1-9 DOI: 10.1111/phn.12607
O'Mahony, J. & Clark, N. (2018). Immigrant Women and Perinatal Mental Health Care: Findings from an Environmental Scan. Issues in Mental Health Nursing Journal. https://doi.org/10.1080/01612840.2018.1479903
Veltri, L., Wilson-Mitchell, K., & O'Mahony, J. (2018). Family Nursing with Childbearing Families. In J. Rowe Kaakinen & D. Padgett Coehlo (Eds.) Family Health Care Nursing: Theory, Practice, and Research (6th Ed) (pp.351-386) Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis
O'Mahony, J.(2017). Hearing the Voices of Immigrant and Refugee Women for Planning Postpartum Depression Care in Community as Partner: Theory and Multidisciplinary Practice, 4th Ed. Vollman, Anderson & McFarlane (Eds.), Wolters Kluwer: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
O'Mahony, J.(2017) Critical ethnography: A pragmatic research methodology to explore experiences of immigrant women seeking help for postpartum depression. Sage Research Methods Cases. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526402561
Higginbottom G, Morgan M, O'Mahony J, et al.(2015). Research Briefing Report. Immigrant women's experience of postpartum depression in Canada: A Systematic Review with Narrative Synthesis. Assigned ISBN: 978-1-55195-354-0
O'Mahony, J. M.,& Donnelly, T. T. (2013). How does Gender Influence Immigrant and Refugee Women's Postpartum Depression Help-seeking Experiences? Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 20, 714-725
O'Mahony, J. M., Donnelly, T. T., Raffin Bouchal, S., Este, D. (2013). Cultural Background and Socioeconomic Influence among Immigrant and Refugee Women Coping with Postpartum Depression. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 15(2):300-14
O'Mahony, J. M., Donnelly, T. T., Raffin Bouchal, S., Este, D. (2012). Barriers and Facilitators of Social Supports for Immigrant and Refugee Women Coping with Postpartum Depression. Advances in Nursing Science 35 (3): E42-E56.
O'Mahony, J. M., Donnelly, T. T., Este, D. Raffin Bouchal, S. (2012).Using Critical Ethnography to Explore Issues Among Immigrant and Refugee Women Seeking Help for Postpartum Depression. Issues in Mental Health Nursing Journal 33,(11)735-742.
Refereed Presentations (last two years)
O'Mahony. J., Clark, N., Kassam, S., & Ringstad, K. Supporting Mental Health of Syrian Refugee Mothers: A Collaboration among Community Stakeholders, Syrian Community Members and Researchers. North American Refugee Health Conference, June 14-16, 2019 Toronto, ON
Clark, N., O'Mahony, J., Mannix, L., Lam, J., Stevenson, F., Kim, G. Supporting Vulnerable Newcomers Health and Wellness in Surrey- An Empowering Settlement Journey. Pathways to Prosperity National Conference, Nov 22-23, 2018 Montreal, Quebec
O'Mahony, J. & Clark, N., & Smrek, J. (2018). Immigrant Women and Perinatal Mental Health Care: Findings from an Environmental Scan. Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Conference: Perinatal Services BC, Mar 1-2, 2018, Vancouver, BC
O'Mahony, J., Duncan, S., Mahara, S., Pitman, V., Ringstad, K., & Sanders, T., et al. Public Health Nursing and Comprehensive School Health: Results of a Participatory Action Research Study Community Health Nurses Conference(CHNC), June 20-23, 2017, Niagara Falls, ON.
O'Mahony, J., Duncan, S., Mahara, S., Pitman, V., Ringstad, K., & Sanders, T., et al. Public Health Nursing and Comprehensive School Health: Preliminary Findings. Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research (ICCHNR) Symposium: "Changing populations, changing needs: Directions & models for community orientated primary care" Sept 15-16, 2016, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.
Employment HistoryJoyce O'Mahony has expertise in public/community health nursing practice, research and education. She has scholarly experience as a faculty member and numerous years of clinical teaching. Her nursing background is an accumulation of many years of diverse experience and knowledge. Earlier career choices consisted of extensive hospital-based positions in a variety of acute care areas, while in recent years she has focused on community health care as a public health nurse, nursing instructor, manager and researcher.
Courses TaughtPast courses taught include: Community Health Nursing (Theory and Nursing Practice),Senior's Health (acute care/community),Nursing Research, Nursing Practice: Transitioning to BScN Graduate; Graduate Research in Healthcare
Professional AffiliationsBritish Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP)
International Collaboration For Community Health Nursing Research (ICCHNR)
International Council of Nurses (ICN)
Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA)
Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC)
Pathways to Prosperity (P2P)
Associate Editor (2015-present) Ethnicity & Health Journal
International Journal of Qualitative Methods
Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Journal of Nursing Education