Dawn Stacey
Dawn Stacey RN, PhD, FCAHS, FAAN, FCAN, CON(C)
Distinguished Professor and Vice-Dean, Research

2005 Ph.D. Population Health University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
2000 M.Sc.N. Nursing University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
1987 B.Sc.N. Nursing McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

RGN 1118G
613-562-5800 ext. 8403


Professor Stacey is a Distinguished University Professor who holds the University Research Chair in Knowledge Translation to Patients (2012-2024). As a senior scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, she is the scientific director of the Patient Decision Aids Research Group and member of the Centre for Implementation Research. She has expertise in decision sciences and implementation science. Her research is focused on developing, evaluating, and implementing interventions to support patients so they can be active partners in making health care decisions. She created and leads the pan-Canadian Oncology Symptom Triage and Remote Support (COSTaRS) research group. Dr. Stacey also leads interdisciplinary research teams in conducting original research with practical application for health care services, patients, families, health care professionals, and uOttawa students, which is directly in line with the core aspirations in uOttawa’s strategic plan, Transformation 2030.

In recognition of her outstanding and continuous accomplishments in research,  she has received the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Research of Excellence Award (2020), the University of Ottawa Award for Excellence in Research (2020-2021), Distinguished University Professor (2021-2022) and fellowships with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (FCAHS), American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), and the Canadian Academy of Nursing (FCAN).

  • Cross-Appointment
    Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa
  • Senior Scientist (2005-present)
    Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Adjunct Professor in Shared Decision Making (2020 – present)
    Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark
  • Adjunct Professor (2020-present)
    La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Adjunct Professor (2021-present)
    Beijing University of Chinese Medicine

Professor Stacey is accepting new students for thesis supervision.

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These websites serve to disseminate our research activities.

Research interests

  • Patient decision aids
  • Decision coaching
  • Implementation of evidence into practice
  • Telephone-based care
  • Interprofessional approaches to shared decision making
  • Oncology nursing
  • Patient- and family-centred care


  • Stacey D, Volk RJ, for the IPDAS Evidence Update Leads. (2021). The International Patient Decision Aid Standards (IPDAS) Collaboration: Evidence update 2.0. Medical Decision Making. 41(7), 1-5.
  • Jull J, Kopke S, †Smith M et al., Stacey D. (2021). Decision coaching for people making healthcare decisions. Cochrane Library.
  • Stacey D, *Ludwig C, Archambault P, †Babulic K, Edwards N, †Lavoie J, Sinha S, O’Connor AM (2021) Feasibility of rapidly developing and widely disseminating patient decision aids to respond to urgent decisional needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Medical Decision Making. 41(2), 233-239. Doi 10.1177/0272989x20979693
  • Stacey D, Carley M, Newton J for the COSTaRS Research Group. (2020). Pan-Canadian Oncology Symptom Triage and Remote Support (COSTaRS) practice guides: What’s changed in version 2020. Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal. 30(4), 269-276. Guides de pratique de l’équipe pancanadienne de triage des symptômes et aide à distance en oncologie (COSTaRS) – Changements apportés à la version 2020. 30(4), 277-286.
  • Stacey D, Légaré F, Boland L, Lewis KB, Loiselle MC, Hoefel L, Garvelink M, O'Connor A. (2020) 20th Anniversary Ottawa Decision Support Framework: Part 3 Overview of Systematic Reviews and Updated Framework. Med Decis Making. Apr;40(3):379-398. doi: 10.1177/0272989X20911870.
  • Stacey D, Légaré F, *Lewis KB (2017). Patient decision aids to engage adults in treatment and screening decisions. JAMA; 318(7): 657-658.
  • Stacey D, Légaré F, Lewis K, Barry MJ, Bennett CL, Eden KB, Holmes-Rovner M, Llewellyn-Thomas H, Lyddiatt A, Thomson R, Trevena L. (2017) Decision aids for people facing health treatment or screening decisions. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. Apr 12;4:1-297; CD001431. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD001431.pub5. (in 2019, cited >250 times for top cited Cochrane Review).
  • Stacey D, Taljaard M, Dervin G, Tugwell P, O’Connor A, Pomey M-P, Boland L, Beach S, Meltzer D, Hawker G. (2016). Impact of patient decision aids on appropriate and timely access to hip or knee arthroplasty for osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled trial. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 24(1), 99-107. Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joca.2015.07.024.
  • Stacey D, †Green E, †Ballantyne B, †Tarasuk J, †Skrutkowski M, Carley M, †Chapman K, Kuziemsky C, †Kolari E, Sabo B, †Saucier A, †Shaw T, †Tardif L, *Truant T, Cummings G, Howell D. (2016). Implementation of symptom protocols for nurses providing telephone-based cancer symptom management: A comparative case study. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. 13(6), 420-431. doi: 10.1111/wvn.12166.
  • Stacey D, †Briere N, Robitaille H, Fraser K, Desroches S, Légaré F. (2014). A systematic process for creating and appraising clinical vignettes to illustrate interprofessional shared decision making. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 28(5):453-459. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2014.911157.
  • Stacey D, †Briere N, Robitaille H, Fraser K, Desroches S, Légaré F. (2014). A systematic process for creating and appraising clinical vignettes to illustrate interprofessional shared decision making. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 28(5):453-459. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2014.911157.
  • Stacey D, Kryworuchko J, Belkora J, Davison BJ, Durand MA, Eden KB, Hoffman AS, Koerner M, Légaré F, Loiselle MC, Street RL. (2013) Coaching and guidance with patient decision aids: A review of theoretical and empirical evidence. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 13(Suppl 2): S11.