Sandra Carroll has been appointed as vice-dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and executive director of the School of Nursing at McMaster University.
Carroll formally started her five-year term on July 1, 2018, after serving as the acting associate dean and director of the School of Nursing since last July.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the School of Nursing for the next five years," said Carroll. "Together we will advance health and well-being through excellence in nursing."
Paul O'Byrne, dean and vice president of the Faculty of Health Sciences, said that after an extensive recruitment process for a well-rounded candidate to guide the School of Nursing, Carroll was the obvious choice.
"I'm very glad Dr. Carroll has agreed to take on this position, as in her acting role she has already proven her strong ability to handle challenges," he said.
As vice-dean and executive director, Dr. Carroll will continue to oversee the School of Nursing, its internationally-recognized research and education programs with more than 2,000 students, including the McMaster-Mohawk-Conestoga Consortium BScN Program.
After practicing as a registered nurse, Carroll earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto in 1991, and her PhD from McMaster in 2010. She completed a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategic Training Fellowship in the FUTURE Program for Cardiovascular Nurse Scientists, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship through the Heart and Stroke Foundation/Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Cardiovascular Nursing Research.
Carroll has taught undergraduate BScN students across all sites and program streams, and supervised students of the school's graduate nursing programs.
She is recognized widely for her research on patient decision-making, decision support in the context of implantable cardioverter defibrillators, patient preferences for cardiovascular treatments, patient engagement, and patient reported outcomes in arrhythmia care.
As a principal investigator, Carroll has received operating funds from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and an Early Career Award from the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation.