Dr. Laura Nimmon
Since July 2015, Dr. Laura Nimmon has been a Scientist at the Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES), and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She obtained her PhD in the content area of health literacy from the University of British Columbia in 2014, and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health professions education at CHES. A qualitative researcher by training, she brings a lens to health professions education research that is shaped by her background in social network theory, health literacy, sociology, anthropology, and adult education.
In her program of research, Dr. Nimmon uses social network theory to frame the ways healthcare teams (patients, caregivers, and health professionals) coordinate and negotiate chronic disease care. In this work, she uses a social network analysis and ethnographic research design to document communication patterns and explore the ways power and agency intersect on these chronic disease teams. This empirical work is enriched by patients’ perspectives, as patients are actively engaged as collaborators in all stages of the research. Her aim with this research is twofold: (1) to offer novel multidisciplinary integrated chronic disease models of care to strengthen health care services and systems, and (2) to introduce innovative patient-centered care curriculum for health professional education.