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Susan Fowler-Kerry BA(Psych), BSN, MN, PhD Professor

E4208 Health Sciences, Saskatoon


Susan Fowler-Kerry is a Full-Professor in the College of Nursing. Completed her B.A (Psych) and B.S.N at the University of Saskatchewan, MN, University of Alberta and Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary) University of Saskatchewan. She has extensive clinical and educator experience in OR and Pediatrics working in Washington, D.C. and Saskatoon, SK.

Susan’s program of research has progressed from her MN thesis, focusing on procedural pain in children. Her Maters thesis was published in the Journal Pain a won several awards for Outstanding Research Article, Clinical Digest and selected for the Mosby Yearbook of Pain. In 1993, was invited to co-chair a WHO consensus meeting in Gargonza, Italy. She with Patricia McGrath, Ph.D. then co-edited the WHO Monograph, Cancer Pain Relief and Palliative Care in Children.

Resulting from this work she has acted as a consultant for, WHO, PAHO, MEC, George Soros Foundation, CIDA, AUCC, NIH, Albert Schweitzer Institute to develop curriculums, workshops, conferences, and symposium focusing on Pediatric Pain & Palliative care as well as empowering women. This work has taken her to; Belarus, Romania, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, Estonia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Jordan, Cyprus, Serbia, Dubai, South Africa, Uganda, Philippines, Puerto Rico and South East Asia. Has edited edited two books,  Perspectives on Palliative Care for Children and Young People: A Global Discourse (2010) Radcliffe Publishing, and  Pediatric Palliative Care: Global Perspectives (2013), Springer Publishers. Invited author for the Oxford text book of Pediatric Palliative Care, Education Curriculums in Pediatric Palliative Care.  She continues to be an invited  Keynote speaker and and consultant as well serving on numerous national and  International Boards.

Has  developed several international clinical practicum experiences in both the Philippines and Uganda. Resulting from her global experiences, her program of research has expanded  to include female empowerment, cultural safety, primary health, family caregiving, bereavement, and global health care policy and service delivery models.

Research Interests

  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Health Policy
  • Pediatric palliative care
  • Pediatric Pain
  • Community Development
  • Interprofessional
  • International Health


  • Quantitative (RCT’s)
  • Qualitative
  • Critical Social Theory Discourse


Savva, N., Downing, J., Knapp, C., & Fowler-Kerry, S. (2014, September 11). How can we improve pain control for children over the world? Results of an International multiprofessional ICPCN survey. Pain Medicine, 8, 14-17.

Downing, J., Marston, J., Fleming, E., & Fowler-Kerry, S. (2014, June 30). children's Palliative Care: Considerations for a physical therapeutic environment. Journal of Palliative Care, 30(2), 16.

Savva, N., Knapp, C., Fowler-Kerry, S., Downing, J., & Maston, J. (2014, April 24). Oncopediatry', 4, 14-18.


Grants, Awarded (Peer-Reviewed)

Ferguson L (Principal Investigator), Berry L (Co-investigator), Spurr S (Co-investigator), Fowler-Kerry S (Co-investigator), Kent Wilkinson A (Co-investigator), Hewson K (Co-investigator), Besse C (Co-investigator), Bowen A (Co-investigator). Enhancing the student learning experience through lecture capture, University of Saskatchewan. Total: $4,000.00 for 2013-03-13 to 2013-08

Racine L (Principal Investigator), Ferguson L (Co-principal Investigator), Udod S (Co-investigator), Maposa S (Co-investigator), Fowler-Kerry S (Co-investigator). Understanding Internationally Educated Nurses' Professional, Cultural, and Social Integration in Canadian Nursing Workplaces: Designing Culturally Competent and Evidence-Based Retention Programs, CIHR and the Regional Partnership Program. Total: $152,080.00 for 2012-10 to 2014-09

Grants, Awarded (Non-Peer-Reviewed)

Ferguson L (Principal Investigator), Berry L (Co-investigator), Fowler-Kerry S (Co-investigator), Kent-Wilkinson A (Co-investigator), Spurr S (Co-investigator), Besse C (Co-investigator), Hewson K (Co-investigator), Bowen A (Co-investigator). Enhancing the student learning experience through lecture capture, USask Summer Student Employment Program (USTEP) University of Saskatchewan. Total: $4,000.00 for 2013-05-01 to 2013-08-30

Wason-Ellam L (Co-principal Investigator), Blakley P (Co-principal Investigator), McIntyre L (Collaborator), Fowler-Kerry S (Collaborator), Zlotkin N (Collaborator), Carter M (Collaborator), Purdue P (Collaborator), MacDonald M (Collaborator), Brenna B (Collaborator). Screening for FASD and Literacy in Justice, Health and Educational Contexts in Saskatchewan, College of Medicine (matching grant to SHRF Phase 1 Development Grant). Total: $30,000.00 for 2011 to 2013