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Robyn Stremler, RN, Ph.D.

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Robyn Stremler, RN, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of Toronto
Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Adjunct Scientist
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Robyn Stremler is a Nurse Scientist whose research is aimed at improving sleep for children and parents. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and an Adjunct Scientist at the The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). She received her doctorate in nursing science from the University of Toronto and completed postdoctoral work at the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Toronto. Dr. Stremler has served as principal or co-investigator on multiple grants during her career. She has also won several local, regional, and national awards for her professional accomplishments. Specific areas of research focus include sleep for families with a child with health challenges in hospital or community settings, sleep across pregnancy and the postpartum, and e-health and m-health interventions to improve sleep for infants, children and adolescents.

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R. Stremler, S. Adams, K. Dryden-Palmer. (2015). Nurses’ views of factors affecting sleep for hospitalized children and their families: a qualitative descriptive focus group study. Research in Nursing and Health, 38(4), 311-322. doi: 10.1002/nur.21664

K. Keilty, E. Cohen, K. Spalding, R. Stremler. (2015) Sleep disturbance in family caregivers of children who depend on medical technology: A systematic review. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 8(2), 113-130. doi: 10.3233/PRM-150325

T.A. Speth, J.A. Coulombe, A.N. Markovich, C. Chambers, R. Godbout, R. Gruber, W. Hall, G. Reid, R. Stremler, S. Weiss, M. Witmans, P.V. Corkum. (2015). Barriers, facilitators and usability of an internet intervention for children aged 1-10 years with insomnia. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 1(1), 16-31.

K. LeGrow, E. Hodnett, R. Stremler, E. Cohen, JC. Victor. (2014). Psychometric testing of the Family Satisfaction with Decision Making subscale (FS-ICU/DM) in an acute care pediatric hospital setting. European Journal for Person-Centred Healthcare, 2(3), 383-392. doi:

J.E. Rennick, G. Dougherty, C. Chambers, R. Stremler, J.E. Childerhose, D.M. Stack, D. Harrison, M. Campbell-Yeo, K. Dryden-Palmer, X. Zhang, J. Hutchison. (2014). Children’s psychological and behavioral responses following pediatric intensive care unit hospitalization: the caring intensively study. BMC Pediatrics, 14:276. doi:10.1186/1471-2431-14-276

K. LeGrow, E. Hodnett, R. Stremler, E. Cohen, P. McKeever. (2014). Bourdieu at the bedside: briefing parents in a pediatric hospital. Nursing Inquiry, 21(4):327-35. doi: 10.1111/nin.12063

R. Stremler, Z. Dhukai, J. Weston, E. Pullenayegum, L.Wong, C.S. Parshuram. (2014). Sleep, sleepiness and fatigue outcomes for parents of critically ill children. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 15(2), e56-65. doi: 10.1097/01.pcc.0000436198.15337.15.

K. LeGrow, E. Hodnett, R. Stremler, E. Cohen. (2014). Evaluating the feasibility of a parent-briefing intervention in a pediatric acute care setting. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 19(3), 219-228. doi: 10.1111/jspn.12073.

R. Stremler, E. Hodnett, L. Kenton, K. Lee, J. Macfarlane, S. Weiss, J. Weston, A. Willan. (2013). Infant sleep location: bed sharing, room sharing and solitary sleeping at 6 and 12 weeks postpartum. The Open Sleep Journal, 77(Suppl 1: M10), 77-86. doi: 10.2174/1874620901306010077.

H.E. Montgomery-Downs, R. Stremler, S.P. Insana. (2013). Postpartum sleep in new mothers and fathers. The Open Sleep Journal, 6(Suppl 1: M11), 87-97. doi: 10.2174/1874620901306010087.

R. Stremler, E. Hodnett, L. Kenton, K. Lee, S. Weiss, J. Weston, A. Willan. (2013). Effect of a behavioural-educational intervention on sleep for primiparous women and their infants in the early postpartum: multisite randomised controlled trial. British Medical Journal. 346:f1164. doi: 10.1136/bmj.f1164

E. Hodnett, R. Stremler, J. Weston, S. Halpern, R. Windrim. (2013). Repeated Hands-and-Knees Positioning During Labour: A Pilot RCT. PeerJ, 1:e25; DOI 10.7717/peerj.25

B. Stevens, D. Harrison, J. Rashotte, J. Yamada, L. Abbott, G. Coburn, J. Stinson, S. LeMay, CIHR Team in Children’s Pain. (2012). Pain assessment and intensity in hospitalized children across Canada. Journal of Pain, 13(9), 857-865. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2012.05.010.

P. Zelkowitz, N. Feeley, I. Shrier, R. Stremler, R. Westreich, D. Dunkley, R. Steele, Z. Rosberger, F. Lefebvre, A. Papageorgiou. (2012). Follow up of the Cues and Care randomized trial: mother and infant outcomes at 6 months. Journal of Early Intervention, 34(2), 65-81. doi: 10.1177/1053815112453767

P. Zelkowitz, N. Feeley, I. Shrier, R. Stremler, R. Westreich, D. Dunkley, R. Steele, Z. Rosberger, F. Lefebvre, A. Papageorgiou. (2011). The Cues and Care randomized controlled trial of a neonatal intensive care unit intervention: effects on maternal psychological distress and mother-infant interaction. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 32(8), 591-599. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0b013e318227b3dc

M. McGillion, A. Dubrowski, R. Stremler, J. Watt-Watson, F. Campbell, C. McCartney, C. Victor, J. Wiseman, L. Snell, S. Nelson, J. Stinson, J. Costello, A. Robb, N. McNaughton, S. White, J. Hunter, T. Dao, S. Promislow, C. Shobbrook, C. Regehr, L. Jeffs, K. Mauch, M. Leegaard, S. Beattie, M. Schreiber, I. Silver. (2011). The post-operative pain assessment skills pilot trial. Pain Research and Management, 16(6), 433-439.

Y. Butbul Aviel, R. Stremler, S. Benseler, B. Cameron, R. Laxer, S. Ota, R. Schneider, L. Spiegel, J. Stinson, S. Tse, B. Feldman. (2011). Sleep and fatigue and the relationship to pain, disease activity and quality of life in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM). Rheumatology, 50(11), 2051-2060. doi:10.1093/rheumatology/ker256

K. McQueen, C.L. Dennis, R. Stremler, C. Norman. (2011). A pilot randomized controlled trial of a breastfeeding self-efficacy intervention with primiparous mothers. JOGNN, 40, 35-46. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2010.01210.x.

R. Stremler, Z. Dhukai, L.Wong, C.S. Parshuram. (2011). Factors influencing sleep for parents of critically ill hospitalized children: a qualitative analysis. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 27, 37-45.

S. Zupanec, H. Jones, R. Stremler. (2010) Sleep habits and fatigue of children receiving maintenance chemotherapy for ALL and their parents. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 27(4), 217-228. doi: 10.1177/1043454209358890.

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