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Marie Dietrich Leurer RN, BSN, MBA, PhD Assistant Professor

116 4400 - 4th Avenue, Regina


Marie is an Assistant Professor with the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. She is an RN with a PhD in Community Health and Epidemiology. Prior to teaching, Marie worked as a public health nurse for over twenty-five years in rural Saskatchewan. Her professional practice and research interests include public health nursing education and practice, early childhood, vulnerable populations, healthy public policy and knowledge translation. Her research explores the perspectives of program and policy recipients to facilitate a bottom-up policy development approach that informs policies at organizational and public policy levels. Marie is currently serving on the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) Public Health Task Force and on the Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) Standards and Competence Standing Committee. Marie participated in the development of CASN's Guidelines for Quality Community Health Nursing Clinical Placements for baccalaureate nursing students as a member of CASN's Sub-Committee on Public Health. She was previously a member of the Public Health Agency of Canada's Immunization Education Working Group and the CHNC Professional Practice Model Expert Group.

Research Interests

  • Public health nursing education and practice
  • Early childhood
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Healthy public policy
  • Knowledge translation


  • Qualitative policy research


Dietrich Leurer, M., & Misskey, E. (2017). Mothers' Recommendations for Improving Breastfeeding Support in Health Care Settings. In P. Hall Smith, M. Labbok, & B. Chambers. (Eds.), Breastfeeding, Social Justice, and Equity (pp. 117-124). Amarillo, TX: Praeclarus Press, LLC.

Dietrich Leurer, M., & Petrucka, P. (2018). Perspectives on issues, challenges, and preferred futures for maternal, newborn, and child health in Arusha and Ngorongoro, Tanzania. Community Development, 49(2), 231-246.

Schofield, R., Chircop, A., Baker, C., Dietrich Leurer, M., Duncan, S., & Wotton, D. (2018). Entry-to-practice public health nursing competencies: A Delphi method and knowledge translation strategy. Nurse Education Today, 65, 102-107. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2018.03.001.

Dietrich Leurer, M., & Misskey, E. (2015). The psychosocial and emotional experience of breastfeeding: Reflections of mothers. Global Qualitative Nursing Research, 2, 1-9. http://gqn.sagepub.com/content/2/23333936156 11654.full.pdf+html. Comment: DOI: 10.1177/2333393615611654

Kent-Wilkinson, A., Dietrich Leurer, M., Luimes, J., Ferguson, L., & Murray, L. (2015). Studying abroad: exploring factors influencing nursing students' decisions to apply for clinical placements in international settings. Nurse Education Today, 35(8), 941-947. http://www.nurseeducationtoday.com/article/S02 60-6917(15)00129-X/abstract. Comment: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2015.03.012

Petrucka, P., Bassendowski, S., Dietrich Leurer, M., Spence Gress, C., Athuman, Z., & Buza, J. (2015). Maternal, newborn and child health needs, opportunities and preferred futures in Arusha and Ngorongoro: Hearing women's voices. BMC Research Notes, 8(1). http://bmcresnotes.biomedcentral.com/articles/1 0.1186/s13104-015-1776-6.

Dietrich Leurer, M., & Misskey, E. (2015). "Be positive as well as realistic": a qualitative description analysis of information gaps experienced by breastfeeding mothers. International Breastfeeding Journal, 10(10). http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/s1300 6-015-0036-7.pdf . Comment: DOI 10.1186/s13006-015-0036-7

Dietrich Leurer, M. (2013). Lessons in media advocacy: A look back at Saskatchewan's nursing education debate. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 14(2), 86-96. DOI: 10.1177/1527154413493671.

Dietrich Leurer, M., Abonyi, S., & Smadu, M. (2013). A syndemic perspective of negative childhood outcomes: Parenting in a 'perfect storm' of disadvantaged conditions. Journal of Poverty, 17(2), 198-216.


Grants, Awarded (Peer-Reviewed)

Dietrich Leurer M (Principal Investigator), McCabe J (Co-principal Investigator), Bigalky J (Co-principal Investigator), Mackey A (Co-investigator). Lactation Expression: Mothers' Experiences, Information Needs and Recommendations, Jim Pattison Children's Hospital Foundation. Total: $19,265.00 for 2017-05 to 2019-03

Jansen S (Principal Investigator), Bassendowski S (Co­principal Investigator), Campbell T (Co-investigator), Dietrich Leurer M (Co-investigator), Malloy P (Co-investigator), Penz K (Co-investigator), Vandenberg H (Co-investigator), Rodger K (Co-investigator), Petrucka P (Co-investigator), Juckes K (Co-investigator), Bigalky J (Co-investigator), Lasiuk G (Co-investigator). BSN Nursing Students Perceptions of Distributed Synchronous Learning at the Yorkton and Regina, SK Campuses, The Provost's Project Grant for Innovative Practice in Collaborative Teaching and Learning University of Saskatchewan. Total: $10,000.00 for 2017-03 to 2019-03

Kent-Wilkinson A (Principal Investigator), Dietrich Leurer M (Co-principal Investigator), Ferguson L (Co-investigator), Luimes J (Co-investigator), Murray BL (Co-investigator), Squires V (Co-investigator). AWARDED. Study abroad in undergraduate nursing education: Perceived impact on RN nursing practice, Grant Successful. Western and North-Western Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (WNRCASN). Total: $5,000.00 for 2016-02-05 to 2017­02-05

Petrucka P (Principal Investigator), Arries E (Co-investigator), Bassendowski S (Co-investigator), Dietrich Leurer M (Co-investigator), Smadu M (Co-investigator), Jeffrey B (Co-investigator), Martz D (Co-investigator), White G (Co-investigator), Elabor-Idemudia P (Co-investigator), de Boer D (Co-investigator), Danilkewich A (Co-investigator). Mama Kwanza (Mother First) Socio-economic and Health Initiative, Canadian International Development Agency in partnership with Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region, SaskTel, U of S and Coutts Courier). Total: $3,600,000.00 for 2013-01 to 2016-06

Grants, Awarded (Non-Peer-Reviewed)

Lasiuk G (Principal Investigator), Aitkin H (Co-investigator), Campbell T (Co-investigator), Dietrich Leurer M (Co-investigator), Malloy P (Co-investigator). Homelessness, Women, & Health: A Proposal to Study the Health and Health Care Needs of Homeless Women Served by the Regina YWCA, Assessment of the health and health needs of homeless women and children associated with the Regina YWCA housing programs Faculty Recruitment and Retention Program, College of Nursing and the University of Saskatchewan. Total: $59,050.00 for 2017-10-16 to 2019-10-14

Dietrich Leurer M (Principal Investigator), Weiss M (Co-investigator), Pacik A (Co-investigator), Desautels C (Co-investigator), Campbell TD (Co-investigator), Petrucka P (Co-investigator). College of Nursing-Street Culture Youth Engagement Project, K + S Potash. Total: $21,000.00 for 2015-05 to 2018-06

Grants, Completed

Petrucka P (Co-principal Investigator), Zello G (Co­principal Investigator), Dietrich Leurer M (Co-investigator). Addressing Health, Adaptation, and Development through Innovation in Essential Nutrition in Tanzania, Grant development with Tanzanian colleagues on the AHADI maternal child food security initiative. University of Saskatchewan. RAP Grant. DFATD application. Total: $6,300.00 for 2014-12 to 2015-03