Wendy’s Team

Zeina Al Awar, RN, MSc

Zeina is the Research Coordinator for Dr Wendy Gifford’s program of research. She is a Registered Nurse from Lebanon with a background in critical care nursing, health informatics, and quality improvement. She holds an MScN in Nursing Informatics from the University of Colorado-Denver and an MSc in Health Systems from the University of Ottawa, where she researched the educational needs of family caregivers of cancer patients. Zeina is interested in enhancing healthcare delivery using evidence-based practice, health information technology, and quality improvement methodology. 

Danielle Rolfe, PhD

Danielle is a documentary filmmaker with Kublacom Pictures and community researcher who uses participatory approaches to engage undeserved communities. She holds a PhD in Exercise Sciences from the University of Toronto, where her research focused on equity and access related to health services and policy research.  Danielle works with Wendy’s team to create documentary films and video projects to support the sharing of knowledge from their research with First Nations & Inuit communities, and street health & harm reduction workers. 

Mohamad Hamze Al-Chami, RN, PhD

Mohamad Hamze is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow working under the supervision of Dr. Gifford. He is an internationally educated nurse with a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and experience in Nursing education. He completed his PhD in 2021 at the University of Ottawa School of Nursing , with a thesis titled  “Economization of Home Care in Ontario: A Critical Ethnography of Nursing Actions”.

His research interests include Critical Social theory, socio-political contexts of healthcare, health equity in marginalized populations, development of Nursing knowledge, and professionalization of Nursing.