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Dr. Parry (Monica) is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of the Nurse Practitioner Programs, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.  Monica is an active supervisor in the international visiting PhD program, where she has assisted students to publish on a broad range of areas including pain management and risk factors for coronary heart disease across various ethnic populations.

Monica is an investigator with the Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment (THETA) Collaborative, a multidisciplinary research collaboration based at the University of Toronto.  She is also an investigator at the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre and is core faculty and an investigator in the Collaborative Program in Resuscitation Science in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.


Monica continues to practice as a nurse practitioner in cardiac surgery at Kingston General Hospital in Kingston, Ontario.  She has worked with individuals with cardiovascular disease for almost 30 years and has met the national standard for specialized knowledge and skill in cardiovascular nursing through the Canadian Nurses Association Certification in Cardiovascular Nursing since it’s inception (2006 – 2021).


During Monica’s doctoral studies at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg of Nursing she investigated the effects of a peer support intervention to aid recovery in men and women following CABG surgery. She obtained a Nursing Research Fellowship from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and became a Doctoral Strategic Training Fellow in the FUTURE Program for Cardiovascular Nurse Scientists (CIHR-ICRH/HSFC funded).  She then completed Post-Doctoral studies at McMaster University, funded by a Nursing Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the FUTURE Program for Cardiovascular Nurse Scientists (CIHR-ICRH/HSFC funded).

Monica’s clinical experience and graduate education has laid the foundation for a program of research focused to reduce the burden of cardiovascular (CV) disease and its complications. She has developed three streams within her research program to: 1) Identify individuals at risk of CV disease, 2) Improve care for individuals with/at risk of CV disease, and 3) Manage complications associated with CV disease.


Monica’s beliefs about adult learning were developed during her Master of Education, and have been heavily influenced by the writings of Malcolm Knowles.  He believed that teaching adults (andragogy) was different than teaching children (pedagogy).  Adults bring developed motivations, goals, and expectations to learning.  The techniques used to teach adults must reflect these differences.  Monica believes the natural orientation of the adult learner is task or problem-centered and experience-based, and good teaching must reflect this orientation to learning.  The focus of her teaching is on the learner; and the understanding, mastery, retention, and acquisition of critical thinking skills based on active and cooperative learning, and an inductive approach to teaching.

Monica uses a transformative approach to mentorship, versus a model based on hierarchical relationships. This transformative model is based on collaboration and critical self-reflection about teaching practice and student learning. She believes leadership in teaching extends beyond the classroom and the skills, abilities and knowledge to lead are based on the five key domains of the LEADS framework: leads self, engages others, achieves results, develops coalitions and transforms systems.


Guest Editor (Parry M & Fey MK) (Centre for Medical Simulation, Harvard University). Special Issue for Clinical Simulation in Nursing: Simulation in Advanced Practice Nursing, January 2019

Member, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Doctoral Research Awards – B Committee, 2017 – 2018

Member, Community of Inquiry, Integrating Sex and Gender into Health Research, Women’s College Hospital, 2017 –

Member, Canadian Women’s Heart Health Network, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, 2017-

Trainer, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Patient-Oriented Research, 2016 –

Member, Quality Improvement and Education Steering Committee, Banting & Best Diabetes Centre, University of Toronto, 2015 –

Member, HSFC Scientific Review Committee VII:  Behavioural Research/Health Psychology/Rehabilitation (Member), 2010 – 2013

Academic Qualifications

 2009 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario/FUTURE Program for Cardiovascular Nurse Scientists, McMaster University, Hamilton
 2008 Doctor of Philosophy, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto (Supervisor:  Dr. Judy Watt-Watson). Thesis: A Pilot Trial of a Home-Based Peer Support Program to Aid Recovery Post Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
 2001 Masters of Nursing Science (Nursing), Queen’s University (Supervisor:  Dr. Ann Brown). Thesis: Physiologic and Psychological Responses of Men and Women Waiting for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
1998 Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate, Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
 1994 Masters of Education (Curriculum Design), Queen’s University (Co-Supervisors:  Dr. John Kirby/Dr. Nancy Hutchinson). Thesis: Self-Efficacy and Perceived Performance following Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
 1983 Bachelor of Nursing Science, Queen’s University