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Efrosini Papaconstantinou
PhD

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Science Building - Room 3031
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

905.721.8668 ext. 3736

efrosini.papaconstantinou@uoit.ca


Research topics

  • sleep
  • sleep patterns
  • predictors of disturbed sleep
  • pediatrics
  • child and adolescent health
  • randomized controlled trial
  • evaluation of nursing interventions
  • non-pharmacological interventions.

Background

Dr. Efrosini Papaconstantinou completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and her PhD at the University of Toronto, Ontario. Her clinical background is in pediatric nursing, where she worked closely with families and members of the interdisciplinary care team to provide comprehensive care to families whose children required invasive cardiac procedures. She has extensive experience teaching in undergraduate nursing education and uses simulation technology to engage students in their learning by enabling them to practise and develop clinical decision-making skills in a ‘safe’ learning environment.

Her research interests include the evaluation of nursing interventions aimed to improve sleep and health outcomes in children, adolescents and their families. For her doctoral dissertation, she developed and evaluated the innovative Relax to Sleep program to improve the sleep of hospitalized children during their hospital stays and once they have been discharged home. From this pilot study, she hopes to better understand how the use of this psycho-behavioural intervention may impact sleep outcomes, anxiety levels and post-hospital maladaptive behaviours in children. She is one of the very few nurse researchers in Canada to use actigraphy, an objective measure of sleep/wake patterns. She is also interested in examining the sleep patterns and predictors of disturbed sleep in other pediatric populations. From this research she hopes to develop and evaluate targeted interventions to improve sleep and other health outcomes.

She has received the highly competitive SickKids Foundation Research Fellowship Award in Complementary and Alternative Health Care and Paediatrics. Her study also received a research grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Team Research and Training Program: Sleep and Biological Rhythms.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Master of Science McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario
  • PhD University of Toronto, Ontario

Courses taught

Courses taught (past and present) at the undergraduate level:

  • HLSC2810 – Child and Adolescent Health
  • NUR4700 – Nursing Synthesis
  • NUR4701 – Nursing Final Practicum 

Research and expertise

  • Examining sleep patterns and sleep disturbances in children, adolescents, and their families.
  • Developing and evaluating interventions to improve sleep and other health outcomes in various populations using rigorous evaluative methods

Dr. Papaconstantinou’s research interests include the evaluation of nursing interventions aimed at improving sleep and health outcomes in children, adolescents, and their families. She is also interested in examining the sleep patterns and predictors of disturbed sleep in other pediatric populations. From this research she hopes to develop and evaluate targeted interventions to improve sleep and other health outcomes.

  • 2014: Coffey, S., Zitzelsberger, H., Papaconstantinou, E., Lindsay, G., Abbass Dick, J., de la Rocha, A., Graham, L., and Chorney, D. ($7,340). Nursing Transformations: Illuminating Transformative Learning and the Potential for Nursing Practice Transformation amongst UOIT-DC Collaborative BScN Students. Funder: UOIT Teaching Innovative Fund.
  • 2013: Graham, L., Tidman, R., and Papaconstantinou, E.($3,000). QRT: A quick reference tool for nurses to enhance patient safety. Funder: Durham College.
  • 2013: Papaconstantinou, E. ($1,000). The Better Nights, Better Days Trainee Program. Travel Funds.
  • 2011: Papaconstantinou, E., Stremler, R., and Hodnett, E. ($3,000 plus $1,000 for travel). The feasibility and acceptability of a behavioural-educational intervention to improve pediatric sleep during hospitalization: A pilot RCT. Funder: CIHR Team Research Grant in Sleep and Biological Rhythms.               
  • 2008: Papaconstantinou, E. ($105,000 over three years plus $1,000 for travel). Doctoral Fellowship in Complementary and Alternative Health Care and Paediatrics. Funder: SickKids Foundation.
  • 2007: Coffey , S., Anyinam, C., Marasco, G., Peisachovich E., Papaconstantinou, E., Robbio R., et al. ($439,484). Strengthening Intraprofessional and Interprofessional Practice through a Virtual Nursing Community. Funder: Interprofessional Educaiton/Care Fund, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Government of Ontario.
  • 2006: Coffey, S., Watts, M., Anyinam, C.,Papaconstantinou, E., Marasco, G., Falk-Rafael, A. et al. ($461,200). Nursing Mentorship through a Virtual Nursing community. Funder: Ministry of Health and Long-term Care/Nursing Secretariat, Government of Ontario.
  • 2006: Anyinam, C. and Papaconstantinou, E. ($1,000). Socialization of Second-degree Entry Nursing Students. Funder: York University – Junior Faculty Research Grant.

Involvement

  • Selected publications
    • Coffey, S., Graham, L., de la Rocha, A., Chorney, D., Cumming, K., Papaconstantinou, E., Mairs, S., Zitzelsberger, H. Vogel, E., and Sproul, S. Moving Simulation out of the lab and into Mainstream Nursing Education Practices. EduLearn 2014: 6th International Conference on Education and New learning Technologies, Barcelona, Spain, July 2014.       
    • Papaconstantinou, E., Hodnett, E., and Stremler, R. The Relax to Sleep Study: A pilot RCT. The 28th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., June 2014.
    • Papaconstantinou, E., Hodnett, E., and Stremler, R. A behavioural-educational intervention to promote pediatric sleep during hospitalization and beyond: A pilot RCT. Biennial Paediatric Nursing Conference, Pediatric Nurses Interest Group, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 2014 (Poster).
    • Papaconstantinou, E., Hodnett, E., and Stremler, R. The Relax to Sleep study: A pilot RCT. Pediatric Sleep Medicine Conference, Amelia Island, FL., USA, November 2013 (Young Investigator Presentation).
    • Papaconstantinou, E., Hodnett, E., and Stremler, R. A behavioural-educational intervention to promote pediatric sleep during hospitalization and beyond: A pilot RCT. 6thConference of the Canadian Sleep Society, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. October 2013 (Poster).
    • Papaconstantinou, E., Hodnett, E., and Stremler, R. Promoting pediatric sleep during hospitalization. Connaught Global Challenge International Symposium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. September 2012 (Poster).
    • Papaconstantinou, E., Hodnett, E., and Stremler, R. The acceptability, feasibility, and effectiveness of the Relax to Sleep program on sleep during pediatric hospitalization and beyond: A pilot randomized, controlled trial. First International Symposium on Nursing Intervention Research, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. April 2011.
    • Peisachovich, E., Papaconstantinou, E., Anyinam, C., Coffey, S., Nicholson, M. E., Robbio, R., Marasco, G., Page-Cutrara, K., and Chiovitti, R. Knowledge Translation Meets Evidence-Based Practice: Utilizing Technology to Promote Uptake of Best Practice Guidelines. Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Post Olympic Conference, Nurses: The Solution in Health Care Transformation, Nanjing, China, October 2008.
    • Anyinam, C., Coffey, S., Chiovitti, R., Nicholson, M.E., Marasco, G., Peisachovich, E., Papaconstantinou, E., Robbio, R., and Page-Cutrara, K. Creating a Virtual Nursing Learning and Mentorship Community. Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Post Olympic Conference, Nurses: The Solution in Health Care Transformation, Nanjing, China, October 2008.  
    • Coffey, S., Fucile, W., Anyinam, C., Marasco, G., Peisachovich, E., Papaconstantinou, E., Robbio, R., Page-Cutrara, K., Nicholson, ME, Falk-Rafael, A. Yankou, D., Beagrie, L., and Chiovitti, R. Creating an Online Nursing Community. Forging Ahead…Evidence to Innovations Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. March 2008.
    • Papaconstantinou, E., Peisachovich, E., Anyinam, C., Coffey, S., Harnanansign, D., Falk-Rafael, A., Nicholson, M. E., and Marasco, G.  The 10-Minute Translation: Utilizing Technology to Make Best Practice Guidelines Come Alive. Education for Patient-Centered Practice, Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Educators (CASN) Conference, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, November 2007.
    • Anyinam, C., Papaconstantinou, E., and Coffey, S. Understanding and expressing the human experience of health and illness. The integration of the arts into nursing education. The 2nd International Conference on the ARTS in Society, Kassel, Germany, August 2007.
    • Anyinam, C. and Papaconstantinou, E. Professional socialization in second-degree nursing students. University of Toronto First International Symposium on Excellence in Second-Entry Baccalaureate Nursing Education: Best Practices Locally and Globally, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. October 2006.
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