Faculty & Staff

Joanna Szabo, PhD, RN

Joanna Szabo, PhD, RN

Academic title: Associate Professor

Office: Y454
Email: jszabo@mtroyal.ca
Phone: 403.440.6357


PhD, Univeristy of British Columbia
MN, University of Victoria
BN, University of Calgary


My curiosity is currently focused on critical health and planetary health discourses. Art/Research/Teaching (A/R/T) --emergent practices inspire me to attend to the constructs of 'identities' in education and healthcare spheres of influence. I believe that individual and collective A/R/T expressions are important to germinate relational (ex)changes that nurture wellbeing and healing in healthcare, education and interconnected ecologies.

Areas of Instruction

  • Theoretical foundations in nursing science (relational ethics, quality practice environments, documentary realities, interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration) - NURS 2111 and NURS 4111
  • Community Health Practice (focus on intergenerational programming, universal access, 'greening' spaces) - NURS 2216

Areas of Scholarship

  • Human health experiences
  • universal design (UDL) for learning in higher education
  • arts-informed inquiry
  • participatory action research
  • undergraduate nurse employee transition to professional practice
  • planetary health
  • critical health.

Selected Publications

Kennedy, A., Sehgal, A., Szabo, J., McGowan, K. Lindstrom, G. Roach, P, Crowshoe, L. & Barnabe C. (2022). Indigenous strengths-based approaches to healthcare and health professions education: Recognising the value of Elders’ teaching. Health Education Journal. Retrieved from https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/00178969221088921

Jakubec, S.L., Szabo, J., Gleeson, J., Currie, G. & Flessati, S. (2021). Planting seeds of community-engaged pedagogy: Community health nursing practice in an intergenerational campus-community gardening program. Nurse Education in Practice, 51. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2021.102980

Currie, G. & Szabo, J. (2020). Social isolation and exclusion: The parents’ experience of caring for children with rare neurodevelopmental disorders. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 15(1). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/17482631.2020.1725362

Currie, G. & Szabo, J. (2019). “It would be much easier if we were just quiet and disappeared”: Parents silenced in the experience of caring for children with rare diseases. Health Expectations. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1111/hex.12958

Szabo, J., Mathison, B., Jakubec, S., & Currie, G. (2018). Tilling the garden of joy/sorrow: A poetic inquiry into the rhizomatic complexities of growing collective spaces. ART/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 3(2) p. 296-324. Retrieved from https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/ari/index.php/ari/article/view/29357/21552


Selected Presentations

Szabo, J. (Mar, 2024). Rhizomatic evocations: Germinating togethering-sensing-vibratings in an event. yjr 17th philoSOPHIA: a feminist society Making, Doing, and Sensing. (Role: Author/Presenter, Accepted)

Szabo, J., Bui, L., Jakubec, S., Brown, S. (May 2023) Sowing the seeds of planetary health: Piloting a cross-disciplinary hub for faculty and students at MRU. Celebrate: Teaching and Learning at MRU, Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB. (Role: Co-Author and Co-Presenter)

Szabo, J. & Jakubec, S. (Nov 2022). Cultivating a planetary health hub: Navigating the trans-disciplinary terrain. Symposium for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Banff, AB. (Role: Co-Author and Poster Presenter)

Feist, H., Merrells, T, Szabo, J., Phillipson, A., Morris, J. & Young, R. (May 2022). Engaging in Universal Design for Learning. Celebrate! Teaching and Learning Conference, virtual. (Role: Co-Author and Co-Presenter)