Sheila O’Keefe McCarthy RN BScN MN PhD
Dr. Sheila O’Keefe-McCarthy is a registered nurse and is an expert in adult cardiovascular critical care and conducts research in cardiovascular and pain science. Dr. O’Keefe-McCarthy dedicates much of her research program to cardiac health focusing on women’s and men’s heart health and gendered approaches to symptom management and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. With respect to these cardiovascular populations, her program focuses on four inter-related areas:
1) development and testing of innovative, digital health technology interventions for both acute and palliative cardiovascular populations,
2) examination of cardiac pain-related anxiety, and
3) detection, screening and examination of pre-hospital cardiac prodromal symptoms in men and women with coronary artery disease.
4) Creative knowledge mobilization through employing arts-based dissemination strategies.
The genesis and motivation to conduct clinically focused research in cardiovascular health care comes from Sheila’s 25 + years of experience in clinical practice. Most research questions are derived from identifying gaps in the literature and areas in practice that require further investigation and development of innovative interventions.