Tam Donnelly

Tam Truong Donnelly



Faculty of Nursing, Faculty

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Office: 403.220.6867


Office: PF3249

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Educational Background

PhD Interdisciplinary Studies, University of British Columbia, 2004

MN Nursing, University of British Columbia, 1998

BSN Nursing, Dalhousie University, 1985


Dr. Donnelly is a Full Professor, Faculty of Nursing and an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine. Seconded to Qatar campus from Jan 2009 - Dec 2013, she served as an Associate Dean for Research and Lead Principal Investigator for several large research studies funded by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). As an alumna of Dalhousie University and the University of British Columbia, BC, Canada, Dr. Donnelly has received funding for research studies from the National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

In Canada, Dr. Donnelly’s research focuses on the Health and Wellness of Immigrants and Refugees which include breast cancer and cervical cancer screening practices, HIV/AIDS, mental healthcare, and support for international students. In 2005, Dr. Donnelly received the Alberta Centennial Medallion Award in recognition for her work with immigrant populations. In 2019, Dr. Donnelly received the University of Calgary’s Peak Scholar Award which recognized her leading knowledge engagement, entrepreneurship, knowledge transfer, innovation and collaborative research to create a positive impact in community and society. Dr. Donnelly was nominated for University of British Columbia (UBC) Alumni Achievement Award by University of Calgary’s President-Dr. Ed McCauley and Faculty of Nursing Dean-Dr. Sandra Davidson in 2020. In Qatar, Dr. Donnelly’s research studies focus on Arab women’s breast cancer screening, breast feeding practices, depression among cardiovascular patients, lifestyle risk factors that contribute to chronic diseases, and promotion of healthy lifestyle among Arabic speaking adults. Her work has contributed to the health and well-being of people worldwide. Dr. Donnelly teaches and supervises undergraduate, Master, Doctoral, and Post-doctoral students. For more detail of her work, visit www.tamtruongdonnelly.com


Areas of Research

Health services research, Health promotion and disease prevention, Women’s health, Cross-cultural health, Mental health


  • Nominated for Teaching Excellent Award,
  • Hunan, China Foreign Expert Scholars Program, China Government. 2017
  • Nominated for Teaching Excellent Award,
  • Alberta Centennial Medallion Award, Alberta Government. 2005
  • Peak Scholar Award , University of Calgary. Canada. 2019
  • Nominated for UBC Alumni Achievement Award , 2020


More Information


  • Mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative) research studies