Kathryn King-Shier

Kathryn King-Shier


Associate Dean Graduate Programs

Faculty of Nursing, Dean's Office


Faculty of Nursing, Faculty


Libin Cardiovascular Institute

Contact information

Web presence

Phone number

Office: 403.220.4643


Office: PF2236

For media enquiries, contact

Karen Cook, Director, Communications

Office: +1.403.220.4361
Email: kcook@ucalgary.ca
Twitter: @ucalgarynursing

Preferred method of communication

Admin Assistant/Faculty Administrator
Gaylynne Plysiuk


Educational Background

BSc Nursing McMaster University, 1980

Master of Nursing University of Alberta, 1993

PhD Nursing, University of Alberta, 1997


Dr. Kathryn King-Shier is a Professor jointly appointed to the Faculty of Nursing and Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. She earned a BSc Nursing from McMaster University in 1980 and a Masters and PhD in Nursing from the University of Alberta in 1993 and 1997 respectively. She undertook post-doctoral training in the Faculty of Medicine, Division of Cardiology (EPICORE Centre) between 1997 and 1999 and was appointed to the University of Calgary in 1999.

Since coming to the University of Calgary, she has held competitive research funding from bodies such as the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (now AIHS), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Heart and Stroke Foundation, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Dr. King-Shier is well known for her multi-methods program of research which focuses on cardiac care and determinants of heart health decisions; particularly focused on ethnicity and gender. As one of Canada’s leading cardiovascular nurse scientists, she served on the Institute Advisory Board for the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (CIHR) from 2003-2008.

She is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and a past editorial board member of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. Dr. King-Shier regularly undertakes peer review for local and national funding agencies as well as multi-disciplinary journals.

Dr. King-Shier supervises MN, PhD and Post-doctoral trainees.


Areas of Research

Cardiovascular Health

Interests include sex/gender and socio-cultural elements of access to cardiac care and recovery from cardiac events. Sternal wound healing is an interest as well. 

Cardiac surgery recovery
Ethno-cultural affiliation
Health decision-making
Secondary prevention


Course number Course title Semester
MDCH 70065 LEC 05 05 Community Hlth Directed Study 2021
NURS 60157 SEC 01 S01 Top Relate Health Care & Nurs 2020
NURS 711 SEC 01 S01 Doctoral Scholarship in Nurs 2021
NURS 711 SEC 02 S02 Doctoral Scholarship in Nurs 2021
NURS 721 LEC 02 02 Adv Quantitative Res Methods 2020


  • Guru Nanak Dev Ji DIL (Heart) Research Chair, 2015
  • Advancement of Nursing Research, 2012
  • Excellence in Nursing Research, 2012
  • Health Scholar, 2011
  • Excellence in Research, 2008
  • Horizon Award, 2005
  • Woman of Vision Award, 2005
  • Research Excellence Award, Alberta Association of Registered Nurses. 2004