Dr. Donna Halperin received her undergraduate degree at St. Francis Xavier University (BScN, 1993), her masters degree at Syracuse University (MSc, 1998), her doctorate at the University of Calgary (PhD, 2005) and post-doctoral fellowship at Dalhousie University (Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Vaccinology). She is a Professor, St. Francis Xavier University, Rankin School of Nursing and the Associate Director of the Health Policy and Translation Group at the Canadian Center for Vaccinology, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dr. Halperin’s nursing career has spanned close to 25 years with clinical expertise primarily in the area of community health. She teaches courses to nursing students in Health and Health Systems and Research Methods.
Dr. Halperin’s applied research program focuses on vaccine program implementation and evaluation and health policy research. She has methodological expertise in mixed methods, survey research and grounded theory. Currently she is a co- investigator with the PHAC/CIHR Canadian Immunization Research Network that was established to provide Canada with a national capacity to undertake coordinated, evaluative research to inform public health policy relating to vaccine and vaccination. She is currently a Principal Investigator on a CIHR collaborative study in Nunavut and a Co-Investigator on a Public Health Agency of Canada funded program evaluation in Prince Edward Island.