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Roberta Woodgate RN, MN, PhD

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Current Position

Professor, College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba


2001 Doctor of Philosophy: Interdisciplinary (Sociology, Psychology, Nursing), University of Manitoba
1993 Master of Nursing, University of Manitoba
1989 Bachelor of Nursing, University of Manitoba

Dr. Woodgate has a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Applied Chair in Reproductive, Child and Youth Health Sciences and Policy Research from 01/12/2012 to 30/11/2017 for her research entitled, A Child and Youth Centred Approach to Applied Health Services and Policy Research.

Dr. Woodgate also received a Manitoba Research Chair Award in Child and Youth Health and Illness (Awarded by the Manitoba Health Research Council for the period of 01/07/2010 to 30/11/2012)

IN•GAUGE is the name of Dr. Woodgate’s  research program that represents her dynamic approach to involve children, youth and families and interact with clinicians, caregivers, researchers and decision-makers in the research process, and to be innovative in the exchange of knowledge. IN•GAUGE acknowledges the significance of multiple perspectives and the value of gauging the health needs of young people and their families in order to generate new knowledge. IN•GAUGE emphasizes accessible knowledge collection and exchange and the design of practical health care interventions. This approach will help improve access and quality of care for children, youth and their families in Canada.



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Research Focus:

Population of Interest: Children, adolescents, and young adults (as individuals and in the context of the family and larger systems)

Research foci:
A. The science of patient engagement in health research, with an emphasis on patient engagement among children and youth and their families

  1. Psychosocial-cultural issues across the illness and disability continuum in childhood, adolescence, and young adults; Understanding how children/adolescents/young adults experience illness (physical and mental illness) and disability; Supportive and palliative care in children/adolescents/young adults experiencing cancer and other life-threatening illnesses
    C. Promoting health and access to health care for children and youth
    D. Intervention work to help children deal with challenging life events (includes the development of interactive technology)
    D. Ethics of child and youth health research
  2. Advancing arts-based participatory methodologies involving children and youth