AbSPORU Graduate Studentship in Patient-Oriented Research

The Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit (AbSPORU) Graduate Studentship provides opportunities for individuals enrolled in any year of a thesis-based Master’s or PhD program at one of Alberta’s four comprehensive academic research universities (CARU) to undertake research that both meaningfully engages patients and addresses their priorities.

How the program works


The program provides 12 months of funding support towards a thesis-based Master’s or Doctoral degree, consisting of a stipend of $30,000.

The program also provides a range of patient-oriented research training and competency development activities to build the interdisciplinary and collaborative skills required of Alberta’s next generation of researchers, clinicians and health services professionals.

How to apply
Please review the Program Guide for information on this year’s competition

All applications will undergo a comprehensive review and final selection process involving an external review panel convened by AbSPORU. The review panel will include patient-partner reviewers. The panel’s ranking will help inform AbSPORU’s final selection of applications for funding.


Congratulations to the 2022 Studentship Cohort

Alessandra Paolucci - University of Calgary

Project: Automatic palliative care referrals: acceptability and uptake by patients with advanced lung cancer

Chikku Sadasivan - University of Alberta

Project: Partnering with patients to increase the usability of an existing health promotion app: development and evaluation of a voice-based chatbot

Holly Mathias - University of Alberta

Project: Understanding the experiences of people who provide unpaid support for people who use opioids in rural Western Canada

Jamie Boisevenue - University of Alberta

Project: ReshapeT1D: Utilizing patient and clinician led research to uncover new insights on type 1 diabetes lived experiences in Alberta

Jocelyn Thomas - University of Calgary

Project: Personalizing the choice of therapy in rheumatoid arthritis

Kaelyn McDonald - University of Calgary

Project: Social Information processing and it’s relation to social adjustment in childhood survivors of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Keila Turino Miranda - University of Calgary

Project: A comparison of prediction equations for the estimation of glomerular filtration rate in transgender individuals on gender-affirming hormone therapy

Leah Mercier - University of Calgary

Project: Aerobic exercise for treatment of chronic symptoms following mild traumatic brain injury (ACTBI) trial

Meaghan Peters - University of Alberta

Project: Identifying preferred symptom management strategies used by gender minority individuals who wear a chest binder – a patient-oriented, harm-reduction approach

Nadia Green - University of Alberta

Project: Improving Indigenous Peoplesʼ access to health care services and experiences of care through digital health technologies

Pam Hung - University of Alberta

Project: Understanding how adults living with obesity participate in daily activities outside the home: a mixed methods study using ethnography and participatory geospatial methods

Rashmi Devkota - University of Alberta

Project: Factors influencing older adults’ emotional support needs

Rija Kamran - University of Alberta

Project: Activity-based therapy after spinal cord injury in Alberta: A qualitative exploration of current patients' and providers' perspectives and future potential

Sara Cho - University of Calgary

Project: Social adjustment in survivors of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Seema King - University of Calgary

Project: Improving support of substitute decision makers: identification and prioritizing decision-making needs of caregivers of people living with dementia through journey mapping

Serena Visser - University of Lethbridge

Project: System change: creating structural safety for gender diverse people accessing mental health services in Alberta

Shaista Meghani - University of Alberta

Project: Co-designing a soundscape intervention for improving well-being in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) survivors

Shaun Ranada - University of Calgary

Project: Effects of hypercapnia on heart rate and symptoms in Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and long-COVID

Sonje Juul - University of Calgary

Project: Midwifery vs physician-led model of maternity care: association with preterm birth in Alberta

Tatiana Lund - University of Calgary

Project: Intergenerational transmission of chronic pain in Canadian veterans and their children

Teri Slade - University of Alberta

Project: Gender differences in pain: including 2SLGBTQ+ individuals in approaches to pain research and clinical care

Zoe Collins - University of Alberta

Project: Impacts of COVID-19 on emergency department service delivery for people who use opioids: Royal Alexandra Hospital and Peter Lougheed Centre service utilization trends and patient perspectives

Zohreh Hosseinpour - University of Lethbridge

Project: Exploring the experiences and mental health needs of Muslim immigrant women in Southern Alberta: a community engaged study

Zoya Punjwani - University of Calgary

Project: Readiness assessment for youth with chronic health conditions transitioning from pediatric to adult care

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Land Acknowledgment

The Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit operates on and acknowledges the lands that are the traditional and ancestral territory of many peoples, presently subject to Treaties 6, 7, and 8. Namely: the Blackfoot Confederacy – Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika – the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stoney Nakoda, and the Tsuu T’ina Nation and the Métis People of Alberta. This includes the Métis Settlements and the the Métis Nation of Alberta. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations. We make this acknowledgment as a reaffirmation of our shared commitment towards reconciliation, and as part of AbSPORU’s mandate towards fostering health system transformation.


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