Rose G Steele


Locations / Contact Info:

342 HNES
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 40556

Email address(es):

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Nursing


Registered General Nurse - 1977
Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Registered Nurse - 1981
College of Nurses of Ontario
Toronto, ON

BScN - 1991
Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON

MSc - 1994
Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON

PhD - 1999
School of Nursing, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Selected Publications


Steele, R., & Davies, B. (February, 2016). Supporting families in palliative care. In B. R. Ferrell & N. Coyle (Eds.), Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association Palliative Nursing Manuals: Social aspects of care (pp. 51-72). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Steele, R., & Widger, K. (September, 2015). Theoretical perspectives on pediatric palliative care. In B. P. Black, P. M. Wright, & R. Limbo (Eds.), Perinatal and pediatric bereavement (pp. 205-222). New York: Springer.

Steele, R., & Davies, B. (Jan., 2015). Supporting families in palliative care. In B. R. Ferrell & N. Coyle (Eds.), Oxford textbook of palliative nursing (4th ed.; pp. 500-514. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Steele, R., Robinson, C. A., & Widger, K. A. (June, 2014). Families and palliative/end-of-life care. In J. Kaakinen, D. P. Coehlo, R. Steele, A. Tabacco, & S. M. H. Hanson (Eds.), Family health care nursing: Theory, practice & research (5th ed.; pp. 277-320). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.

Widger, K., Cadell, S., Davies, B., Steele, R., Siden, H., & Wilson, K. (2012). Pediatric care in Canada. In C. Knapp, S. Fowler-Kerry, & V. Madden (Eds.), Pediatric palliative care: Global persepctives (pp. 301-321). New York: Springer.


Davies, B., Steele, R., Krueger, G., Albersheim, S., Baird, J., Bifirie, M., Cadell, S., Doane, S., Garga, D., Siden, H., Strahlendorf, C., & Zhou, Y. (in press, July, 2016). Best practices in provider/parent interaction. Qualitative Health Research.

Stephenson, E., DeLongis, A., Steele, R., Cadell, S., Andrews, G., & Siden, H. (in press, May, 2016). Siblings of children with a complex chronic health condition: Maternal posttraumatic growth as a predictor of changes in child behavior problems. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsw053

Siden, H., & Steele, R. (April, 2015). Charting the Territory: Children and families living with progressive life-threatening conditions. Paediatrics & Child Health, 20(3), 139-144.

Widger, K., Tourangeau, A., Steele, R., & Streiner, D. (January, 2015). Initial development and psychometric testing of an instrument to measure the quality of children’s end-of-life care. BMC Palliative Care, 14:1, 8pp. doi:10.1186/1472-684X-14-1

Jonas-Simpson, C., Steele, R., Granek, L., Davies, B., & O’Leary, J. (April, 2015). Always with me: Understanding experiences of bereaved children whose baby sibling died. Death Studies. doi:

Steele, R., Cadell, S., Siden, H., Andrews, G., Smit Quosai, T., & Feichtinger, L. (July 2014). Impact of research participation on parents of seriously ill children. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 17(7), 788-796. doi:10.1089/jpm.2013.0529

Steele, R., Siden, Cadell, S., Davies, B., Andrews, G., Feichtinger, L., & Singh, M. (May, 2014). Charting the Territory: Symptoms and functional assessment in children with progressive, non-curable conditions. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 99, 754-762. doi:10.1136/archdischild-2013-305246

Cadell, S., Hemsworth, D., Davies, B., Liben, S., Siden, H., Steele, R., & Straatman, L. (March, 2014). Posttraumatic growth in parents caring for a child with a life-limiting illness: A structural equation model. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 84(2), 123-133. doi:10.1037/h0099384



Other Research Outputs

2016-present: Editor, Canadian Journal of Nursing Research.

2016-present: Editor. In J. Rowe Kaakinen, D. Coehlo, R. Steele, & M. Robinson (Eds.), Family health care nursing: Theory, practice and research (6th ed.). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.

Editor, In J. Rowe Kaakinen, A. Tabacco, D. Coehlo, R. Steele, & S. Hanson (Eds.), Family health care nursing: Theory, practice and research (5th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. Published July, 2014.

Currently, Manuscript Reviewer: Death Studies, Nursing Inquiry; Psycho-Oncology; Journal of Pediatric Nursing; Health Psychology Review; Journal of Palliative Care.

May 2015:  Reviewer, Grant Proposals; Collaborative Research Grant Competition 2015; Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, BC, Canada.

May 2015:  Reviewer, Grant Proposal; Establishment Grant Program; Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, SK, Canada.

March -  Fall 2015:  Researcher Member; Knowledge Synthesis Grant Peer Review Committee, spring 2015; Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Aug. 2010: Reviewer, Grant Proposal; Seeds4Hope, Windsor & Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation, Ontario, Canada.



Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP)
Co-mentor in the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP) for Dr. Kim Widger, RN, PhD, CHPCN(C), Assistant Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto; other co-mentor: Dr. Jennifer Stinson, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. Dr. Widger was awarded $70,000 per annum for a maximum period of 4 years, from April 1, 2014 until March 21, 2018. The CCHCSP provides support for highly qualified child health clinician candidates to develop their requisite knowledge and skills for a career as an independent scientist in child health research. Trainees engage in research training and a core curriculum in one of the participating Child Health Research Training Centres of the CCHCSP. Research training is supervised by a research mentor and advisory committee and is structured to facilitate excellence in research with an interdisciplinary focus. As her co-mentor, I am required to attend the CCHCSP National Symposia yearly for the term of the award. In the first year of the award, I was also required to participate in a one-day Knowledge Translation program that was held on day one of the CCHSP National Symposium in Vancouver from June 6-8, 2014.

International Workgroup (IWG) on Death, Dying and Bereavement
The IWG, a non-profit organization, supports leaders in the field of death, dying and bereavement in their efforts to stimulate and enhance innovative ideas, research, and practice. As a member, I am expected to show leadership in pediatric palliative care research.

Canadian Journal of Nursing Research
Editor: I handle manuscripts in my area of expertise from submission through decision-making about publication.


Canadian Virtual Hospice
Professional, researcher; videotaped about pediatric palliative care. Reports from various partners indicated that the videos had: changed practice, been embedded in professional development modules and other training initiatives, provided support to families and been shared on Youtube and Facebook. Since 2009, traffic to Virtual Hospice has increased by 300% - the viewership for the videos is broad and varied (patients, families and other support networks, health providers, researchers, educator, volunteers, students and more) – and growing.


Joint Sabbatical Leave Fellowship - 2013

YUFA Merit Award - 2011

YUFA Merit Award - 2010

YUFA Merit Award - 2009

YUFA Merit Award - 2008


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: No

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: No

Current Research


Member of a CIHR-funded New Emerging Team in pediatric palliative care since 2004. The team's mandate includes fostering interdisciplinary research in this emerging area of health care. We continue to work together on multiple projects. Qualitative and/or quantitative approaches are used within research studies depending on the research question.

Currently completing final analyses as Co-Principal Investigator on a funded  3-year qualitative project (CIHR, $404,743) that is examining best practices in pediatrics. Conducting a scoping review about symptoms in children with rare, progressive disorders.


Research Projects

A scoping review to examine the extent and quality of literature on symptoms in children with rare, progressive disorders
Role: CoInvestigator
Amount funded: $50000
Year Funded: 2014
Duration: 1
Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Best practices: Parent/provider interactions in pediatrics
The purpose of this study is to observe parent/clinician interactions, as well as interview participants, to determine best practices in pediatrics. Three sites in Vancouver provide the settings for this study
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $404743
Year Funded: 2011
Duration: 3
Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Rose G Steele