Dr. Karen Cook

Dr. Karen Cook

Adjunct Professor

Contact information

Email: kcook@athabascau.ca


Karen is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines at Athabasca University. Her research interests include:

  • children, youth and young adults living with complex and life-limiting conditions and the experiences of their families;
  • improving the transition process from pediatric to adult services;
  • developing a public health approach to grief literacy and bereavement.

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Research interests

  • Children, young adults, and their families living with complex and life-limiting conditions
  • Improving systems and supports for youth with special health care needs transitioning from pediatric to adult health, education, and community services
  • A public health approach to palliative care
  • Advance care planning
  • Qualitative and mixed methods research
  • Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Educational credentials

  • BSN
  • MSc (A)
  • PhD
  • Registered Clinical Counsellor

Professional affiliations

  • Childrens' Health Care Canada: Transition Hub
  • Alberta Health Services Provincial Palliative and End of Life Innovations Steering Committee
  • Canadian Virtual Hospice: My Grief
  • British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives