Elizabeth Keys


Pathway: C-STAR


Elizabeth Keys is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. After obtaining her BSc degree in biological sciences, Elizabeth’s obtained her Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Calgary to support her interest in clinical service and allow her to pursue clinical research. As a public health nurse, Elizabeth’s primary focus is on promoting maternal-child and family wellbeing and building capacity for healthy communities. In 2007 Elizabeth completed advanced training in group facilitation and consensus building to support her ability to develop partnerships with key community stakeholders. In 2009, Elizabeth achieved national certification in community health nursing. Since beginning her graduate studies at the University of Calgary, Elizabeth continues to successfully pursue activities that support her passion for clinical research. In 2014, she was the only nursing doctoral student to receive a Western Regional Training Centre Health Services Research Studentship. This studentship enabled Elizabeth to build key relationships with a network of senior clinical leaders at Alberta Health Services. One of Elizabeth’s most rewarding experiences in her graduate work has been partnering with clinical champions to advocate for and develop improved public health clinical infant sleep resources. Elizabeth’s research program focuses on parent-child relationships in families experiencing infant sleep disturbances. In her doctoral research, Elizabeth will use a mixed methods approach to evaluate an intervention designed to reduce infant sleep disturbances by improving overall parent-child interactions. If effective, these interventions will be used to inform clinical practice to improve maternal mental health, family relationships, and child development outcomes. Elizabeth recently achieved the internationally renowned Parent-Child Interaction Instructor Level certification from NCAST Programs at the University of Seattle. This advanced certification in understanding parent-child interactions is a critical component of her integrated knowledge translation plan for her future program of research, as it will foster clinical and research capacity to improve parent-child interactions. After completing her doctoral work, Elizabeth looks forward to obtaining a post-doctoral position that will continue to cultivate the requisite skills of a successful clinician scientist. Her ultimate career goal is a cross appointment between an academic and clinical setting that will support a novel program of research focused on improving health outcomes in families of infants experiencing sleep problems.

Award type: Doctoral

Discipline: Nursing

Centre: University of Calgary

Supervisors / Mentors: Karen Benzies

Project Title: The effects of enhancing parent-child interactions in families experiencing infant sleep disturbances

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