Research Panel


Dr. Patricia Janssen, RN, BSN, MPH, PhD

Dr. Patricia Janssen, RN, BSN, MPH, PhD
Faculty, UBC School of Population and Public Health.
Associate Faculty, Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice and Midwifery Program, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UBC School of Nursing.

I am a perinatal epidemiologist with a clinical background in obstetrical nursing and midwifery. I undertake clinical trials to evaluate methods of pregnancy and labour management and interventions for mothers at particularly high risk for experiencing adverse perinatal outcomes. I use the British Columbia Reproductive Care Program Perinatal Registry linked to Ministry of Health data to evaluate outcomes and cost of specific methods of delivering obstetrical care.
Research interests: antenatal care, early labour management, diagnosis and management of dystocia, prediction of VBAC success, fetal assessment, pregnancy outcomes among women marginalized by poverty, incarceration and abuse.
Methods: Randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews, prospective population-based cohort studies, development of screening tests, mobile health.

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Saraswathi Vedam, RM, FACNM, MSN, Sci D (h.c)

Saraswathi Vedam, RM, FACNM, MSN, Sci D (h.c)
Associate Professor
Midwifery Program, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia

Saraswathi joined the midwifery program at UBC in 2007 and has led on a number of midwifery research projects. Supported by funding from the Canadian Institute for Health Research, Professor Vedam led a multi-disciplinary team to conduct the Canadian Birth Place Study leading to the development of new scales to measure attitudes to place of birth among maternity care providers. She is principal investigator of Changing Childbirth in BC study, a provincial, community based participatory research project on women’s preferences for model of care and decision-making during pregnancy which has resulted in the development of two new scales to measure Mothers’s Autonomy in Decision Making (MADM) and experience of respectful care, the MOR index (Mothers on Respect). Professor Vedam’s scholarly work includes critical appraisal of the literature on planned home birth, evaluations of innovative models for fetal assessment, and development of the first US registry of home birth perinatal data. She has authored several national clinical practice guidelines and articles on evidence-based midwifery practice in low resource settings, and was a member of the Midwifery Delphi Task Force that authored the 2012 Joint Statement on Physiologic Labour and Birth. Her research interests include birth Place (safety, access, equity, outcomes, cost), physiologic Birth (predictors, barriers, definitions, access), ethics, patient autonomy, & decision making in maternity care, provider attitudes, interprofessional conflict and collaboration, breastfeeding and low technology methods for maternal and fetal assessment. She has expertise in survey development, scale development, psychometrics, critical appraisal/systematic reviews, community based participatory research, Delphi process, clinical research and patient oriented outcomes research.


Dr. Kathrin Stoll, PhD

Dr. Kathrin Stoll, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher

Kathrin StolI is a PhD level researcher, with 15 years of experience. Kathrin holds federal (CIHR) and provincial (MSFHR) postdoctoral salary awards. Her program of research focuses on clinical, psycho-social, and health systems factors that are associated with optimal maternal and newborn outcomes. She has expertise in quantitative research methods and analyses, including survey research, evaluation research, scale construction and psychometric testing, perinatal population data analysis, and regression modelling.
Because of her interdisciplinary education and work experience (spanning the disciplines of psychology, sociology, epidemiology, nursing, family practice and midwifery) she has had the pleasure of working with clinicians, graduate students and fellow researchers from different disciplines. Kathrin has experience with grant development, published over 30 papers and spent 5 years volunteering as co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research & Practice. She works closely with 2-4 midwifery undergraduate and graduate students every year, and enjoys mentoring them through the process of developing the research skills necessary to complete their capstone/thesis projects.


Dr. Julian Christians, PhD

Dr. Julian Christians, PhD
Associate professor
Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Julian came to SFU in 2006 following postdoctoral work at the University of Edinburgh. Throughout his career, he has studied the genetic and physiological mechanisms that contribute to diversity within species, working with mice, humans, fish, fungi and birds. Some of his earlier work identified a gene that contributed to natural variation in skeletal growth in mice. However, this gene was also highly expressed in the placenta, and was subsequently associated with various pregnancy complications, leading him to the field of placental biology. His research interests include placental development and function, and in particular how the placenta may influence the long term health of the offspring. Because of his previous work on skeletal growth, he retains an interest in the maintenance of bone mineral density, and is now interested in how this is affected by pregnancy and lactation. He has particular research expertise in a variety of statistical approaches.


Dr. Zoë Hodgson, PhD, BSc (Hons.), RM

Dr. Zoë Hodgson, PhD, BSc (Hons.), RM

Zoë completed her PhD in Edinburgh in 2004. Since moving to Canada, she worked as a Manager, Research, for BC Mental Health and Addictions Services, before accepting the position of Director, Research, at the Women’s Health Research Institute, BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre. In this latter role, she worked with a variety of disciplines and helped to establish research infrastructure for women’s health research at the hospital and community level.

Zoë has particular research expertise in evaluation methods and quantitative research. She loves working with and supervising junior investigators both in methodology development and grant writing. Her research interests are in maternity care models, reproductive health outcomes, and evaluation of interventions. Zoë also has extensive experience with research ethics having been a reviewer on the Children and Women’s UBC Research Ethics Board since 2007.


Dr. Hamideh Bayrampour, PhD, MSc, BSc, RM(Iran)

Dr. Hamideh Bayrampour, PhD, MSc, BSc, RM(Iran)
Assistant Professor
Midwifery Program, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia

Hamideh joined the Midwifery program at UBC in September 2015. She earned her PhD in Applied Health Sciences from the University of Manitoba (2012) and completed her postdoctoral studies in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Calgary. Hamideh’s research interests are in the areas of maternal mental health and pregnancy outcomes. She is particularly interested in maternal anxiety and its assessment and management during the perinatal period. She has research expertise in conducting systematic reviews, quantitative and qualitative research, mixed methods studies, and concept analysis.

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Dr. Jude Kornelsen, PhD

Dr. Jude Kornelsen, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice | Co-Director, Centre for Rural Health Research | Director, Applied Policy Research Unit

Jude Kornelsen, PhD, is a health services researcher with an interest in sustainable rural health, maternity care, rural health planning and community and policy engagement. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice, UBC, Co-Director of the Centre for Rural Health Research and Director of the Applied Policy Research Unit, an initiative based on bridging the research ­ policy gap by understanding and meeting the needs and contextual realities of decision-makers and health planners. She has both led and contributed to foundational work documenting the impacts of maternity service closures on rural women, families and communities from a psycho-social and health outcomes perspective and the sustainability of small surgical services. Current research foci include rural health services performance measurement to identify innovation in rural practice and the development of a framework to facilitate scaling up of innovative practices.

Dr. Kornelsen is a past Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar. She is currently an adjunct Associate Professor, Sydney Medical School (Australia).

Research Interests: Sustainable rural maternity care; rural surgical care; patient transport; evidence-based policy; integrated knowledge translation.

Methods: Qualitative and quantitative health services research; patient-oriented research.

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Dr. Beth Payne, PhD

Dr. Beth Payne, PhD
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of British Columbia

Beth recently completed a PhD in Reproductive and Developmental Biology at UBC. Her research focus during her doctoral studies was on development, validation and implementation of clinical risk prediction models for management of pre-eclampsia. Implementation utilized novel mobile health technology and was completed in Africa and South Asia. Through her doctoral work Beth has developed expertise in multivariable modelling, mobile health application development and cluster randomized controlled trials.