Janet Curran


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-centre national study exploring best practice strategies for discharge communication in paediatric emergency practice settings. Dr. Curran's 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.


  • 2016/9 Committee Member, Capacity Development Advisory Committee., Maritime SPORSupport Unit
  • 2016/9 Chair, Appointments, Reappointments, Tenure and Promotion Committee, Dalhousie University School of Nursing Committee
  • 2016/1 Committee Member, Research Advisory Committee, Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit2015/12 Advisory Committee Member, Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit
  • 2014/4 Committee Member, KT Canada Training Committee, KT Canada

Awards & Honours

  • 2018/6 Canadian Pediatric Society Emergency Medicine Research Award - 500 (Canadian dollar) Canadian Pediatric Society  Prize / Award
  • 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


  • Curran, JA, Breneol, S, Vine, J. (2020). Improving transitions in care for children with complex and medically fragile needs: a mixed methods study. BMC Pediatr. 20(1):219. doi: 10.1186/s12887-020-02117-6.
  • Richardson B, Falconer A, Shrestha J, Cassidy C, Campbell-Yeo M,  Curran J. (2020). Parent-targeted education regarding infant pain management delivered during the perinatal period: A scoping review. The Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing. 34(1): 56-65. doi: 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000439.
  • Curran JA, Gallant A, Zemek R, Newton A, Jabbour M, Chorney J, Murphy A, Hartling L, MacWilliams K, Plint A, MacPhee S, Bishop A, Campbell S. (2019). Discharge communication practices in paediatric emergency care: A systematic review and narrative synthesis. Systematic Review Journal. 8(83): 1-28.
  • Cassidy C, MacEachern L, Egar J, Best S, Foley L, Rowe MB, Curran JA. (2019). Barriers and enablers to implementing a high-dependency care model in pediatric care: A pre-implementation study. Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 34(4): 370-375.
  • Cassidy C, Steenbeek A, Langille D, Martin-Misener R, Curran J. (2019). Designing an intervention to improve sexual health service use among university undergraduate students: a mixed methods study guided by the behaviour change wheel. BMC Public Health. 19: 1734.