Janet Curran

Associate Professor

School of Nursing

Email: jacurran@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-2668
Fax: 902-494-3487
Mailing Address: 
Room 121, Forrest Bldg.,
Dalhousie University
PO Box 15000
5869 University Avenue
Halifax NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Knowledge translation research
  • Pediatric emergency care
  • Mixed methods
  • Health professional behaviour change
  • Knowledge synthesis


Dr. Curran's program of research is focused on developing and evaluating interventions to improve transitions in care for patients and their caregivers. Dr. Curran's program of research is supported by a CIHR New Investigator Award in Knowledge Translation. She currently leads a CIHR-NSHRF funded multi-centred national study exploring best practice strategies for discharge communication in paediatric emergency practice settings. Dr. Curran's her work is directly informed by the inclusion of multiple stakeholders (patients, caregivers, clinicians, and administrators) in all phases of her research. Dr. Curran holds a scientific appointment in emergency medicine at the IWK Health Centre and the Capital District Health Authority in Halifax, Nova Scotia and also has a cross appointment in Department of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University.


  • Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (Executive Committee Member)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Canadian Association of Nursing Research
  • Registered Nurses Association of Nova Scotia

Awards & Honours

  • 2015           Early Career Research Award, Faculty of Health Professions, Dalhousie University
  • 2015           Terry Klassen Young Investigator Award, Pediatric Emergency Research Canada
  • 2014-2019  CIHR New Investigator Salary Award, Total $300 000
  • 2011-2015  IWK Investigatorship Award. IWK Health Centre, Total: $240 000
  • 2009-2011  CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, Total: $110 000


  • Cassidy C, Curran JA, Steenbeek A, Langille D. (2015) Sexual knowledge of university students: A scoping review. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research [Accepted]
  • MacWilliams M, Curran JA,  Cloutier P, Racek J, Cappelli M. (2015) Barriers and facilitators to implementing the HEADS-ED: A rapid screening tool for pediatric patients in emergency departments. Pediatric Emergency Care [Accepted].
  • Galipeau, J., Pussegoda, K., Stevens A., Brehaut J, Curran J., Forster A., Moher D. (2015) Effectiveness and safety of short stay units in the emergency department: A systematic review Academic Emergency Medicine Journal [Accepted]
  • Curran J,  Murphy A, Newton M, Zemek R, Hartling L, Plint A, Chorney J, MacPhee S., et al. (2014). Discharge instructions for caregivers in the context of pediatric emergency care: A Narrative Synthesis", accepted to Systematic Reviews 2014.
  • Jabbour M, Curran J, Scott SD, Guttman A, Rotter T, Ducharme FM, Lougheed MD, McNaughton-Filtion ML, Newton A, Shafir M, Paprica A, Klassen T, Jaljaard M, Grimshaw J, Johnson DW. Best strategies to implement clinical pathways in an emergency department setting: study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial. Implementation Science 2013; 8:55