Barbara Davies RN Ph.D. CAHS


Barbara Davies RN Ph.D. CAHS
Professor Emeritus

1999 Ph.D. Nursing Science, University of Toronto with Distinguished Alumnus Award 2011
1978 M.Sc.N. Nursing University of Toronto
1974 B.Sc.N. Nursing University of Toronto

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Barbara Davies was a Full Professor in the School of Nursing, University of Ottawa. She was a driving force behind the first ever research centre in nursing at the University of Ottawa, The Nursing Best Practice Research Centre, a joint collaboration with the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario 2007-2016. She was also the Vice Dean Research for the Faculty of Health Sciences (2014-2016).

She received a Career Scientist Award from the Ministry of Health of Ontario (2000-2005) entitled Research Transfer for Maternal-Infant Health.  She also received a Premier's Research Excellence Award from the Ministry of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation, of Ontario, Canada (2004-2009).  In 2009, along with leaders from the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, she received the Practice/Academe Innovative Collaboration Award from Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The Hunan Ministry of Education acknowledged her teaching in China with a Foreign Overseas Expert Award. In Ontario, Canada, she was honoured with the Scholarship into Practice Award from the Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing in 2017.

She is an ongoing Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2015- ) and a Handling Editor for the Canadian Journal of Nursing Research (2016- ).

Research Interests
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Knowledge translation/implementation science
  • Evaluation and sustainability of clinical practice guidelines

Dr Barbara Davies has published over 100 papers.

See PubMed

  1. Davies, B. & Logan, J. (2019). Lire des textes de recherche: Guide convivial pour professionnels de la santé, 6 éd. Toronto: Elsevier. eBook ISBN: 9780323661515, Paperback  ISBN: 9780323661508, eBook ISBN: 9780323661522
  2. Davies, B. & Logan, J. (2018) Reading Research: A User-Friendly Guide for Health Professionals. (6th ed). Toronto: Mosby/Elsevier eBook ISBN: 9781771720717, eBook ISBN: 9781771720700, Paperback ISBN: 9781771720731

Selected chapters/contributions
  1. Edwards, N. & 10 co authors including Davies, B. (2016) Spread and Scale-Up of Evidence-Informed Health Care Delivery in “Building and Evaluating Research Capacity in Healthcare Systems: Case Studies and Innovative Models

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  2. Davies, B., & Edwards, N. (2013). Chapter 3.6: Sustaining knowledge use. In S. E. Straus, J. Tetroe & I. D. Graham (Eds.), Knowledge Translation in Health Care: Moving from Evidence to Practice, Second Edition. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell and BMJ, pages 237 – 248.
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