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Winnie Sun
RN, PhD

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

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

905.721.8668 ext. 5349


Research topics

  • gerontology
  • community health
  • self-management
  • home care safety
  • adverse events
  • assistive technologies
  • information communication technology
  • dementia
  • social inclusion
  • disability
  • health services and policy

Research and expertise

  • Background and interests

    Research background and interests:

    • aging
    • community health nursing
    • patient safety in home care
    • self-care in chronic disease management
    • ethics in relation to assistive technology access and procurement 
    • use of information communication technologies for patients with dementia and their caregivers
    • use of social and recreational programs to promote social inclusion in older adults
    • health services and policy research
    • best-practice guideline utilization in home care

    Dr. Sun is a research collaborator at the Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement, and Long Life, Network Centres of Excellence (AGE-WELL-NCE). Her research projects include:

    • patient safety in home care
    • self-care in chronic disease management 
    • ethics in relation to assistive technology access and procurement 
    • use of information communication technologies for patients with dementia and their caregivers
    • use of social and recreational programs to promote social inclusion for older adults
    • development of remote monitoring technologies for older adults in the community
    • health services and policy research in gerontology
    • best-practice guidelines utilization in home care 
  • Publications
    For a comprehensive list of publications, please visit ResearchGate.
    • Sun, W., Wilson, M., Schreiber, D., & Wang, R. (2017). Ethical Challenges related to assistive product access for older adults and adults living with a disability: a scoping review. BMC Systematic Reviews. 6:24, 1-5.
    • Sun, W, Doran, D., Wodchis, D. & Peter, E. (2017). Examining the Relationship between Therapeutic Self-Care and Adverse Events for Home Care Clients in Ontario, Canada: A Retrospective Cohort Study. BMC Health Services Research. 17:206, 1-13.
    • Sun, W., & Doran, D. (2015). Integration of biophysiological information with a point-of-care decision support system to promote patient safety at home. In Y.C. Shih & S.F. Liang (Eds), Bridging Research and Good Practices towards Patient Welfare (pp. 199-206). London, UK: Taylor & Francis Group.
    • Sun, W. & Doran. D. (2015). Patient Safety in the Home: Examining the relationship between therapeutic self-care and adverse events for home care clients in Canada. In Y.C. Shih & S.F. Liang (Eds), Health Care Systems Ergonomics and Patient Safety (pp.79-86). London, UK: CRC Press.
    • Sun, W., Doran, D., Wodchis, D. & Peter, E. (2015). Improving Gaps in Home Care: Examining the Role of Therapeutic Self-Care in Supporting Home Care Safety for Older Adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 63(Suppl 1), 72.
  • Grants
    • Purpose: SSHRC Insight Development Grant Award
      Name of agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
      Title of project: Perspectives on information and communication technology for daily activities and social inclusion among older Canadians with cognitive impairments and their caregivers
      In collaboration with: Dr. Rosalie Wang Dr. Michael Wilson, Dr. Jeff Jutai, Dr. Virginie Corbigo, Dr. Hajer Chalghoumi, Dr. Vanessa Chenel (Partnership with UOIT, University of Toronto, McMaster University and University of Ottawa 

    • Purpose: Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant (OTF)
      Name of agency: Alzheimer’s Society Durham Region
      Title of project: Evaluation of ‘Living Well with Dementia’ Project
      In collaboration with: Dr. Emma Bartfay, Dr. Vicki Smye, Denyse Newton, Michelle Pepin (Partnership with UOIT and Alzheimer’s Society of Durham Region)

    • Purpose: University of Ontario Institute of Technology Teaching Innovation Fund
      Name of agency: UOIT Teaching and Learning Centre
      Title of project: Teaching Innovation Fund: Simulations and Standardized Patient Innovation for Year Three Community Health Nursing Students
      In collaboration with: Dr. Jennifer Abbass-Dick; Dr. Wendy Stanyon; June McDonald; Sandra Mairs; Elaine Salmers (Partnership with UOIT and Durham College)

    • Purpose:  University of Ontario Institute of Technology Teaching Innovation Fund
      Name of agency: UOIT Teaching and Learning Centre
      Title of project: Development of Empathy in Helping Relationship
      In collaboration with: Dr. Jennifer Abbass-Dick; Dr. Manon Lemonde; Dr. Wendy Stanyon

    • Purpose: University of Ontario Institute of Technology Teaching Innovation Fund
      Name of agency: UOIT Teaching and Learning Centre
      Title of project: Tackling the Opioid Abuse Epidemic with Simulation-Based Learning for Nursing Students
      In collaboration with: Dr. Sue Coffey; Dr. Hilde Zitzelberger; Leslie Graham; Arlene de la Rocha; Dr. Bill Muirhead; Dana Chorney; Dr. Efrosini Papaconstantinou; Dr. Ellen Vogel

  • Education
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, 1995
    • Master of Nursing - Administration, Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, 2002
    • PhD Collaborative Graduate Program in Health Services and Policy Research, Institute of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Medicine, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto, 2004
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