Catherine Laing

Catherine Laing

Associate Professor

Faculty of Nursing

Associate Dean Undergraduate Programs

Faculty of Nursing

Media contacts

Karen Cook, Senior Manager - Communications

Office: +1.403.220.4361
Twitter: @ucalgarynursing

Phone number

Office: 403.210.6135


Office: PF2240

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. Having an extensive background in clinical, educational, and administrative areas in this field, 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 in understanding the therapeutic value of digital storytelling with pediatric oncology patients, and she is also working on incorporating the methodology of 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.


Areas of Research


Paediatric oncology

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


  • U Make a Difference - Nomination, University of Calgary. 2019
  • Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing “APHON Writing Award” , Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses. 2018