Laing 2021

Dr. Catherine Laing



Associate Dean Undergraduate Programs

Faculty of Nursing, Dean's Office

Associate Professor

Faculty of Nursing, Faculty


Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

Contact information

Phone number

Office: 403.210.6135


Office: PF2240

For media enquiries, contact

Karen Cook, Director, Communications

Office: +1.403.220.4361
Twitter: @ucalgarynursing

Preferred method of communication

Administrative Assistant

Jude Berzins



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 has beein in the field of pediatric oncology nursing for 18 years, and in that time has held clinical, educational, administrative, and academic roles. She is most interested in how children and adolescents/young adults with cancer and their families get through the experience of cancer, why some families have an easier time than others, what the experience is like for them, how can others learn from their experiences, and what healthcare professionals can do to make it a more bearable experience. Predominantly a qualitative researcher, Dr. Laing has held an academic appointment with the University of Calgary, Faculty of Nursing since 2013, and is active at the local, provincial, national, and international levels of pediatric oncology nursing.


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
Summary of Research

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.

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