McMaster University

McMaster University

Sandra Carroll

Sandra Carroll
RN, Ph.D.

905-525-9140 Ext. 21752

Support: Ext. 22404



Sandra Carroll joined the McMaster University School of Nursing in 2009 and is currently an assistant professor. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from McMaster University. She completed a CIHR Strategic Training Fellowship in the FUTURE Program for Cardiovascular Nurse Scientists and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship through the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario/Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Cardiovascular Nursing Research. Sandra’s program of research focuses on patients’ decision-making, patient preferences for cardiovascular treatments and health related quality of life. Currently, Sandra is developing a decision aid for patients who are candidates to receive an implantable defibrillator.

Dr. Carroll is a recipient of a Research Early Career Award from Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation (HHS Foundation Vaughan-McGuire Fellowship).

Dr. Carroll’s current research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). She has also received funding from the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Dr. Carroll is an Affiliate Researcher with Population Health Research Institute (PHRI), Hamilton Health Sciences.

Selected Publications

  • Carroll, S.L., Markle-Reid, M., Ciliska, D., Connolly, S.J., Arthur, H.M. (2012)  Age and Mental Health Predict Early Device-Specific Quality of Life in Patients Receiving Prophylactic Implantable Defibrillators, Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 28(4);502-507.
  • Carroll, S.L., Strachan, P.H., de Laat, S., Schwartz, L., Arthur, H.M. (2011). Patients’ Decisions to Accept or Decline an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator. Health Expectations. [Epub ahead of print] DOI: 10.1111/j.1369-7625.2011.00703.x
  • Strachan, P.H., de Laat, S., Carroll, S.L., Schwartz, L., Vaandering, K., Gurjit K., Arthur, H.M. (2011). Readability and content of patient education material related to implantable cardioverter defibrillators. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, [Epub ahead of print], DOI: 10.1097/JCN.0b013e31822ad3dd.
  • Carroll, S.L. & Arthur, H. (2010). A comparative study of uncertainty, optimism, and anxiety in patients receiving their first implantable defibrillator for primary or secondary prevention of sudden cardiac death. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 47:836-845.
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