Laing 2021

Catherine Laing, BPE, RN, PhD


Associate Professor

Faculty of Nursing

Associate Dean Undergraduate Programs

Faculty of Nursing


Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute

Contact information

Phone number

Office: 403.210.6135


Office: PF2240

For media enquiries, contact

Karen Cook, Senior Manager - Communications

Office: +1.403.220.4361
Twitter: @ucalgarynursing

Administrative Assistant

Brenda Bode


Educational Background

PhD Nursing, University of Calgary, 2013

MN Nursing, University of Calgary, 2008

BN Nursing, University of Calgary, 1998

BPE Physical Education, University of Calgary, 1994


Dr. Laing’s program of research is in the field of paediatric oncology, and more recently, in undergraduate nursing program planning. Having an extensive background in clinical, educational, and administrative areas, her doctoral research was a hermeneutic study related to understanding the meaning and effects of children’s cancer camps for the child with cancer and the family. Dr. Laing’s current research interests lie lottery-based admission processes in undergraduate nursing education, and the role of technology for evaluation and clinical feedback. Past project have included understanding the therapeutic value of digital storytelling with pediatric oncology patients, and using Social Return on Investment in the healthcare setting where questions of social value are present. Dr. Laing is active at the local, national, and international levels of pediatric oncology nursing and undergraduate nursing education.


Areas of Research


Paediatric oncology, quality of life, psychosocial interventions and late effects.

Health Services Research
Mental Health
Patient and Family Centred Care
Psychosocial outcomes
Social return on investment in healthcare

Innovative ways of delivering psychosocial health care to children with cancer and their families.

Hermeneutic research

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
NURS 769 Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Winter 2023
NURS 684 Nursing Roles in Oncology Research Spring 2022
NURS 544 Exploring Cancer and the Role of the Nurse Spring 2021
NURS 544 Exploring Cancer and the Role of the Nurse Spring 2020
NURS 633 Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice and Practicum 1 Winter 2018


  • U Make a Difference - Nomination, University of Calgary. 2019
  • Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing - APHON Writing Award, Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses. 2018
  • Nurse Educator to Watch, Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. 2018
  • Rising Star in Family Nursing Research, International Family Nursing Association. 2017
  • Excellence in Research, College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta. 2017