Faculty & Staff

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


Joanna’s curiosity is focused on health and healing through spaces and practices that promote wellbeing. In doing so, her inquiry is designed by the lived experiences of individuals whose narratives emerge from complex historical contexts. Joanna promotes an arts-informed approach that dwells in relational, reflective, narrative and eco-health aspects between human experience and post-human (technological) discourses. Joanna aspires to authentically engage teaching, service and scholarship as a raw, messy flow of generative energy. Joanna is a constructivist, with critical social tendencies focused at grassroots levels of engaging collective capacities and sustainable, responsive action.

Areas of Instruction

  • Trends and issues in Nursing Leadership
  • Nursing Ethics
  • Arts-based and Creative Pedagogical Practices
  • Community and Lifespan Health Promotion and Wellbeing
  • Complexity Thinking

Areas of Scholarship
  • Accessible and inclusive inter-generational programming
  • Becoming professionals in transition
  • Health promoting and healing spaces and practices
  • Arts-based research
  • Participatory inquiry

Selected Publications

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. Poetry and Social Justice. In Faulkner, S., Squillante, S. (ed.) (Vol. 3(2) pp. 296-324). Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal. (In Print / Published). Retrieved from https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/ari/index.php/ari/article/view/29357/21552. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18432/ari29357

Currie, G., Szabo, J. (2018). “It is like a jungle gym, and everything is under construction”: The parent’s perspective of caring for a child with a rare disease. Child: Care, health and development. In Logan, S. (ed.). Wiley Online Library. (In Print / Published). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12628

Janzen, K., Szabo, J., Jakubec, S. (2016). Taking the quantum leap: Using the creative arts as a gateway into and through the liminal spaces of transition from fourth year nursing students to/in a capstone leadership course. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (Vol. 14(1)). (In Print / Published). Retrieved from http://jcacs.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/jcacs/article/view/40304/36167

Szabo, J., Jakubec, S., Janzen, K. (2016). Quiet lampshade in the corner? Exploring fourth year nursing students' narratives of transition to professional practice. Quality Advancement in Nursing Education (Vol. 2(1)). (In Print / Published). Retrieved from http://qane-afi.casn.ca/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1059&context=journal. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.17483/2368-6669.1059
Community Service
  • School and community garden projects with arts and inter generational programming