Caroline Sanders


Dr. Sanders is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Programs in the School of Nursing at UNBC. Caroline moved to UNBC from the UK in 2016 where she undertook a postdoctoral National Institute Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Academic Training (CAT) research fellowship and a Higher Education NIHR senior award in clinical academic nursing focusing on children with rare conditions (difference of sex development). Her clinical background was pediatrics with 30 years of experience in the NHS. Her specialist areas were urology and gynecology within the area continence management and sexual health.

Caroline has been a registered nurse in the UK since 1990 in both children and adult care. She attended Manchester University for her undergraduate training and University of Central Lancashire for her PhD studies, including psychosexual therapy PGD. Her PhD thesis explored the experiences of parents when their children undergo genital surgeries. Caroline currently teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs and teaches nursing knowledge, pediatrics and as part of the nurse practitioner program. Caroline has supervised graduate students (MSc/PhD) from the UK and within the SoN at UNBC. In 2014 Caroline was awarded an MBE on the Queens Honors Birthday list for her contribution to nursing. She presents nationally and internationally and continues to be involved in collaborative work with European and UK partners. Her current research interests fall within the scope of children and family care within healthcare and community settings. She is interested in innovations and technologies in healthcare with a view to patient and family engagement, with a lens focused on outcome and sustainability. Her other area of interest is teaching and learning with inter-professional and inter- disciplinary teams, patients and their families.

Academic Institution Affiliation: University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC)
Academic Institution Position/Title: Associate Professor
Academic Affiliation Faculty: School of Nursing
Hospital/Health Centre Affiliation Position:
Degree(s): PhD, MBE, BSc (Hons), PGD, PGC
Research areas of interest:
urology and gynecology within the area continence management and sexual health, interprofessional care, youth and transition, complex and long term conditions in childhood, health information and technology in practice
Research Themes:
Maternal & Fetal Health
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