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Kathleen Spurr

Assistant Professor, Respiratory Therapy

School of Health Sciences

Email: kfspurr@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 473-2382

Education

  • BSc (Dalhousie University)
  • Certificate in Public Administration (Dalhousie University)
  • Respiratory Therapy Diploma (Victoria General Hospital School of Allied Health)
  • MHI (Dalhousie University)

Selected Publications

Lau E.Y., Eskes G.A., Morrison D.L., Rajda M., Spurr K.F. (2013) The role of daytime sleepiness in psychosocial outcomes after treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep Disorders. 1-10.

Spurr, K.F., Morrison, D.L., Graven, M.A., Webber, A., Gilbert, R.W. (2011) Analysis of Hospital Discharge Data to Characterize Obstructive Sleep Apnea and its Management in Paediatric and Adolescent Patients Hospitalized in Canada: 2006 to 2007. Canadian Journal of Respiratory Therapy 47: 23-28.

Spurr, K.F., Morrison, D.L., Graven, M.A., Webber, A., Gilbert, R.W. (2010) Analysis of Hospital Discharge Data to Characterize Obstructive Sleep Apnea and its Management in Adult Patients Hospitalized in Canada: 2006 to 2007. Canadian Respiratory Journal17 (5).

Lau E.Y., Eskes G.A., Morrison D.L., Rajda M., Spurr K.F. (2010) Executive Function in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treated with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: 1-12.

Spurr, K.F., Graven, M., Gilbert, R.W. (2008) Prevalence of Unspecified Sleep Apnea and the Use of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure in Hospitalized Patients, 2004 National Hospital Discharge Survey. Sleep and Breathing 12:229-234.

Biography

Kathy Spurr has been a respiratory therapy faculty member since 2005. She has 15 years of clinical and research experience at the Asthma & Respiratory Centre in Hamilton, ON and at Capital Health’s Sleep Disorders Program in Halifax.

Selected Awards and Honours

  • Best Poster Award, Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists Conference, Montreal Quebec, 2014
  • Fellow of the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (FCSRT) - Distinction, Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists, 2010
  • Inducted into Dalhousie University Sport Hall of Fame, 2010
  • Inducted into Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame, 2001

Memberships

  • Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapy
  • Nova Scotia College of Respiratory Therapists
  • Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals
  • Canadian Sleep Society
  • American Association of Sleep Technologists

Teaching

HSCE 1000, Foundations of Health Care Practice
RSPT 1030, Cardiopulmonary Physiology I
RSPT 3250, Health Practice
RSPT 4000, Specialty Practice

Research interests

Primary research interest is the study of sleep disordered breathing including its relationship to other co-morbidities and its management in clinical practice. Kathy is the local research coordinator for the ADVENT heart failure and sleep apnea trial. Other research interests include evidence based decision-making, health informatics, the health effects of outdoor air pollution and the use of technology in healthcare education.

Service & Activity

Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Respiratory Therapy