Kimberley Widger is an Assistant Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, and a Nursing Research Associate at the Hospital for Sick Children. Her research focuses on identifying and measuring structures, processes, and outcomes that are indicative of high-quality pediatric palliative and end-of-life care and finding ways to ensure optimal care is provided regardless of setting or diagnosis. Her doctoral research, completed at the University of Toronto, was a multi-centre study to develop and test an instrument that measured the quality of care provided to dying children and their families from the perspective of bereaved parents. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at SickKids focused on knowledge translation and end-of-life pain management for children. Kimberley was supported by CIHR Fellowships and Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program Career Enhancement Awards for both her doctoral and post-doctoral work.
Prior to her PhD work, Kimberley was a Clinical Nurse Specialist with the Pediatric Palliative Care Service at the IWK Health Centre and Adjunct Professor at the Dalhousie University School of Nursing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has spent her entire career working with children, mostly those diagnosed with cancer, and has worked in a number of hospitals across Canada and the United States.
Research Fellow (co-Supervisor), Hospital for Sick Children and supervised Advanced Training Project with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, University of Toronto. Project Title: Enhancing the Quality of Palliative Care for Children with Cancer.
PhD Committee Member, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto. Project Title: Embodied Suffering in Pediatric Life-threatening Conditions
PhD Committee Member, Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto. Project Title: Parent decision-making in pediatric oncology.
PhD Supervisor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. Project Title: Siblings of Children with Life-Threatening Conditions
PhD Committee Member, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. Project Title: Development and evaluation of an instrument to measure discharge planning processes in mental health care