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Dr. Laura Nimmon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and a Scientist at the Centre for Health Education Scholarship.
Dr. Nimmon’s program of research draws on social network theories and methodologies to situate the dyadic healthcare provider/patient relationship in broader set of social networks that patients draw on when making meaning of (and decisions about) their health. Keeping a focus on the patient, but broadening that focus beyond the spatially and temporally bound dynamic of the healthcare provider/patient encounter, Dr. Nimmon’s work offers a new perspective on healthcare teams. Her research has implications for teamwork, patient as educators, healthcare delivery, relationship centered communication, and health advocacy.
Dr. Nimmon’s research interests are an intersection of the values of the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy to improve care and services for people living with chronic illness and disability, and the mandate of The Centre for Health Education Scholarship to shape the theories and activities of learning in the health professions.
Dr. Nimmon’s recent studies, funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant, The Arthritis Society’s Young Investigator Salary Award, The Canadian Respiratory Research Network, The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, and St. Paul’s Foundation, have been conducted in the contexts of community based chronic disease care and end of life care.
In 2017, Dr. Nimmon was the recipient of the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education Young Researcher Award. This award was based on her research originality, link to theory, methodological rigor, and importance in contributing to the literature of continuing professional development in the health sciences.
Prior to her introduction to health professions education scholarship, Dr. Nimmon taught as an adult literacy educator for 8 years in Ecuador, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, and with refugees in Canada. She has extensive experience teaching, creating curriculum, and evaluating students in various educational and sociocultural contexts. She collaborates with many scientists in Medicine on CIHR funded studies who seek to improve health professions education and patient care.
Outside of work, Dr. Nimmon treasures time with her family and enjoys yoga, photography, music and nature.
Laura brings a perspective to the broad field of health professional education research that is shaped by her training in the fields of medicine, sociology, anthropology, and sociolinguistics. Her approach emphasizes how social interactions, power relations, cognition, language, and identity are always co-produced and bound to context. In her current program of research, she uses ethnographic methods, social network analysis, activity theory and genre theory to explore how distributed chronic disease healthcare teams enact patient-centered care within webs of power and influence. Laura enjoys working together with interdisciplinary research teams to solve complex sociological problems that occur in various health professions practice contexts.
Laura has a teaching background in adult education and has taught various linguistic and cultural groups around the world. She currently teaches graduate level sessions on qualitative research as a method of inquiry.
Reviewer, Perspectives on Medical Education
Reviewer, Teaching and Learning in Medicine
Consultant, Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research
Member, Canadian Association for Medical Education
Member, Early Career Medical Educators