UBC School of Nursing
T201 2211 Wesbrook Mall
Canada V6T 2B5
Associate Member, Development of Family Practice (2004-2016)
BN , University of Manitoba
MSN , University of British Columbia
PhD (Nursing), University of Manchester
Honours & Awards
1992 - UBC Killam Teaching Prize
2000 - RNABC Award of Excellence in Nursing Education
2009 - UBC Killam Teaching Prize
2009 - CRNBC Excellence in Nursing Research Award
2009 - Award of Excellence in Interprofessional Education Teaching (Team Award)
2010 - Award of Excellence with Distinction in Education at BC Women's and Children's Hospital (Team Award)
2016 - Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Award for Excellence in Nursing Education (Tenured)
Associate Director, Graduate Programs, UBC School of Nursing
Community Health Consultant for infant behavioral sleep problems
Faculty Affilliate, Human Early Learning Partnership
Member, Canadian Sleep Society
Consultant Member, Child and Family Research Institute
Associate Member, Department of Family Practice, UBC Faculty of Medicine
Member of Executive, Quarter Century Club
Member, The American Academy of Sleep Medicine
My program of research has focused on the transition to parenting and the related areas of infant sleep and breast feeding. I am one of a handful of nurses worldwide who is examining the effects of infant behavioural sleep problems on infants and their parents and developing interventions to assist parents to manage those sleep problems. The threads organizing my work are building parental capacity, particularly competence and confidence, and linking parental capacity to healthy child development. I have been successful at engaging the media and translating key elements of my program of research in ways that are meaningful to the local and national community. I have consistently engaged with health care providers and members of the public by translating my work.
SmartParent: A texting program for the first year of parenting.
Funder: BC Children’s Hospital Healthy Starts Catalyst Grant
Investigators: W. Hall and P. Janssen (Co-PIs), C. Larson, H. Bayrampour, Y. Lamers
Overview: The study aim is to develop a cell phone text messaging program (SmartParent) to deliver parenting education to parents of newborns (0-1year) in the Northern Health Authority.
Connection Grant: From research to practice: Promoting parents’ and care providers’ knowledge and skills about infant sleep.
Funders: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and UBC Hampton Funding
Investigators: W Hall (PI), L. Rempel, D. L. Hunter, R. A. Burns, S. Toth
Overview: The study aims to engage community partners and Niagara Region Public Health in development of materials to support healthy infant sleep and train-the-trainer workshops.
Fostering Excellence in graduate supervision at UBC through dialogue, shared resources and policy initiatives.
Funder: Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund.
Investigators: T. Rogers (PI), Wendy Hall, Naoko Ellis, Michelle Stack, Sharalyn Orbaugh, Hillel Goelman, Vincent Duronio, Steven Taubeneck, Natalie Marshall
Overview: The study aim is to develop shared resources and policy initiatives to support excellence in graduate supervision.
Better Nights/Better Days: Improving Psychosocial Health Outcomes in Children with Behavioural Insomnia
Funder: CIHR Sleep and Circadian Rhythms Team Grant;
Investigators: P. Corkum (PI), P Andreou, M. Barwick, C. Chambers, R. Godbout, R. Gruber, W. Hall, P. McGrath, G. Reid, B. Rusak, R. Stremler, T. Wade, C. Watters, S. Weiss, & M. Witmans;
Overview: The study team will develop a sleep treatment program for children aged 1 -10 years with behavioural insomnia that will be delivered over the internet, with telephone support.
Shared Decision Making: A Toolkit for the Health Professions on Collaborative Leadership
Funder: Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund
Investigators: Saraswathi Vedam (PI) College of Health Disciplines Council (CHD), M. Aragon, R. Barretto, C. Frame, C. Fulton, A. Marshall, K. Martin, J. Neufeld, J. Thorne, Dr. M. Butler, Dr. S. Dharamsi, Dr. P. Janssen, J. Scott, Dr. L. Kane Low, Dr. K. Stoll, Dr. W. Hall
Overview: In partnership with the UBC College of Health Disciplines the project will create a Birth Place Toolkit: a curriculum package that will enable learners in the health professions to acquire key competencies necessary to provide optimal maternity care in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment.
A Study of Childbirth Fear and Maternity Care Preferences among Canadian, Australian and British University Students
Funder: Curtin University of Technology.
Investigators: K. Stoll (PI), W. Hall, Y. Hauck, S. Downe, G. Thompson, P. McNiven, J. Downie.
Overview: This international study examines university students’ attitudes towards childbirth in three countries.
Students' Perspective on Graduate Student Mentoring
Funder: Elizabeth Kenny McCann Educational Research Projects Competition, Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund.
Investigators: W. Hall (PI), J. Phelps, J. Brinkman, C. Roach, C. Connolly, S. Nakata.
Overview: The study aim is to understand graduate students’ perspectives about mentoring to inform and improve mentoring as an integral part of teaching and learning at UBC
Community Partnerships for Health Professional Education
Funder: Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund.
Investigators: A. Towle, L. Bainbridge, G. Charles, M. Clauson, D. Fielding, W. Godolphin, W. Hall, S. Murphy, M. Lee, V. Borossa, M. Glasgow, A. Harstone, B. Bawlf, S. McDonald, K. Sykes.
Overview: A multidisciplinary and community partnership to advance the role of community members in developing and teaching about experiences with health conditions for interdisciplinary health professional students.
Night Waking Reduction in Canadian Infants: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Parent-Based Cognitive and Behavioral Intervention in Community Health Units - The Rocky Sleep Study
Funder: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Investigators: W. Hall, R. Bhagat, R. Brant, JP Collet, A. Gafni, E. Hutton, K. Hydamaka, O. Ipsiroglu, V. Munroe, R. Saunders, K. Triolet, L. Tse, & J. Wooldridge.
Overview: A community-based randomized controlled trial of a behavioral sleep intervention for infants from 6 to 8 months of age.
Examining Relationships among BC Women's Childbirth Fear, Anxiety, Sleep Deprivation, Fatigue, and Birth and Neonatal Outcomes
Funder: UBC Hampton Research Endowment Fund.
Investigators: W. Hall, H. Brown, E.Hutton, Y. Hauck, & J. Fenwick.
Overview: A study examines the relationships between psychological and psychosocial factors and birth outcomes for women and their infants.
Interprofessional Problem-based Learning Module for Five Health Science Disciplines
Funder: Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund.
Investigators: L. Eccott, A. Greig, W. Hall, C. Newton, & M. Lee.
Determining the Attitudes of Women and Care Providers Towards Birth: Conflict, Confusion and Concordance
Funders: Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR).
Investigators: M. Klein, W. Fraser, J. Kaczorowski, R. Liston, W. Hall , J. Kornelsen, P. McNiven, S. Dore, R. Brant, L. Saxell, and K. Lindstrom.
Influence of Infant Sleep and Settling on Mothers' Mental Health
Funders: Healthway Health Promotion Research Grants Competition.
Investigators: Y. Hauck, L. Priddis, G. Wells, & W. Hall.
Levels of Childbirth Fear, Anxiety, and Sleep Deprivation in a B.C. Cohort of Pregnant Women
Funders: British Columbia Medical Services Foundation & Canadian Nurses Foundation, Nursing Care Partnership.
Investigators: W. Hall, E. Carty, E. Hutton, Y. Hauck, J. Fenwick, and J. Gamble.
Exploring the Nature and Effects of Community-based, Cohort-based E-support on Parents of Infants and Toddlers
Funders: Human Early Learning Partnership, BC Ministry of Child and Family Development, BC Minister of State for Early Childhood Education.
Investigators: V. Irvine, W. Hall, E. Krupa., M. Fryer, L. Malinskis, & G. Brown.
Chhina, H., Hall, W., Kaczorowski, J., Marra, C., & Lacaille, D. (2017). Qualitative Insights into Family Physicians’ Perceptions of Academic Detailing for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Quality in Primary Care, 25(2), 63-72.
Hall, W. A., Moynihan, M., Bhagat, R., & Wooldridge, J. (2017). Relationships between Parental Sleep Quality, Fatigue, Cognitions about Infant Sleep, and Parental Depression Pre and Post-intervention for Infant Behavioral Sleep Problems. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 17:104. Doi: 10.1186/s12884-017-1284-x
Thomson, G., Stoll, K., Downe, S., & Hall, W. A. (2017). Negative impressions of childbirth in a North-West England student population. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology,38(1), 37-44. 10.1080/0167482X.2016.1216960
Paruthi, S., Brooks, L. J., D’Ambrosio, C., Hall, W. A., Kotagal, S., Lloyd, R. M., Malow, B., Maski K., Nichols, C., Quan, S. F., Rosen, C. L., Troester, M. M., & Wise, M. S. (2016). Recommended amount of sleep for pediatric populations: A statement of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 12(6), 785-786. doi: 10.5664/jcsm.5866
Lau, A., & Hall, W. A. (2016) Safe Sleep, Day and Night: Mothers' Experiences Regarding Infant Sleep Safety. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25(19-20), 2816-2826. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13322
Lélis, A. L., Cardoso, M. V. L., Hall, & W. A. (2016). Sleep disorders in children with cerebral palsy: an integrative review. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 30, 63-71. doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2015.11.008
Hall W. A., Hutton E., Brant R., Collet, JP, Gregg, K., Saunders, R., Ipsiroglu, O., Gafni, A., Triolet, K., Tse, L., Bhagat, R., & Wooldridge, J. (2015). A randomized controlled trial of an intervention for infants’ behavioral sleep problems. BMC Pediatrics, 15:181. doi:10.1186/s12887-015-0492-7
Stoll, K., Hauck, Y. L., & Hall, W. A. (2016). Home or hospital? Midwife or physician? Preferences for maternity care provider and place of birth among Western Australia students. Women and Birth, 29, e33-e38. doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2015.07.187
Stoll, K., Edmonds, J., & Hall, W.A. (2015). Fear of childbirth and preference for cesarean section among young American women prior to childbirth: A survey study. Birth, 42(3), 270-276.
Hall, W.A., Shah, S., Sterr, L.M., & Macdonald, S. (in press). Incorporating patients’ voices in health professional education. Keeping reflections fresh: Educators share their innovations in health professional education. Kent State Press. Eds: Allan Peterkin and Pamela Brett-MacLean.
Hall, W.A. (2015). The high-risk postpartum woman. In R. J. Evans, Y. M. R. Brown, & M. K. Evans (Eds.), Canadian Maternity, Newborn, & Women’s Health Nursing, 2nd edition (pp. 741-773). Philadelphia, Wolters Kluwer.
Segaric, C. & Hall, W.A. (2015) Progressively engaging: Managing nurses’, patients’ and families’ relationships in acute care settings. Journal of Family Nursing, 21, 35-56. doi:10.1177/1074840714564787
Speth, T.A., Coulombe, J.A., Markovich, A.N., Chambers, C., Godbout, R., Gruber, R., Hall, W., Reid, G., Stremler, R., Weiss, S., Witmans, M., & Corkum, P.V. (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.
Zaidman-Zait, A. & Hall, W. A. (2015) Children’s night waking among toddlers: Relationships with mothers’ and fathers’ parenting approaches and children’s behavioral difficulties. Journal of Advanced Nursing. Article first published online: 18 FEB 2015. doi: 10.1111/jan.12636
Hall, W. A., Liva, S., Moynihan, M., Saunders, R. (2015). A comparison of actigraphy and sleep diaries for infants’ sleep behavior. Frontiers in Psychiatry, Special topic: Frontiers in Sleep Disorders, 6(19), 1-7. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2015.00019
Swart, S., Hall, W.A., McKee, W.T., & Ford, L. (2014). Caregivers’ management of schooling for their children with fetal alcohol syndrome disorder. Qualitative Health Research, 24(11), 1540-1552. doi:10.1177/1049732314545497
Stoll, K., Hall, W.A., Janssen, P., & Carty. E.M. (2014). Why are young Canadians afraid of birth? A survey study of childbirth fear and birth preferences among Canadian university students. Midwifery, 30, 220-226. doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2013.07.017
Ali, R., Hall, W.A., Warnock, F., Wong, S. & Ratner, P. (2014). Quality of preterm infants’ night sleep: An online community-based survey of maternal factors and perceptions of infants’ nighttime awakenings and sleep problems. International Journal of Advanced Nursing Studies, 3(2), 59-64. doi: 10.14419/ijans.v3i2.2412
Dahlke, S., Phinney, A., Hall, W. A., Rodney, P., & Baumbusch, J. (2014). Nursing practice with hospitalized older adults: A grounded theory study. International Journal of Older People Nursing. Article first published online: 23 DEC 2014. doi: 10.1111/opn.12075
Clark, E., George, M. A., Hardy, C., Hall, W. A., MacMillan, P., Wakabashi, S., & Hughes, K. (2014). Effectiveness of a school-based intervention for students diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome in British Columbia, Canada. International Journal of Drug and Alcohol Research, 3(1), 25-34. doi: 10.7895/ijadr.v3i1.119
Ali, R., Wong, S., Warnock, F., Whitfield, M., Ratner, P., & Hall, W. (2013). Premature infants’ night time awakening and their mothers’ attachment styles and bedtime behavior. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 9 (Suppl. 3), 51–52.
Chhina, H., Bhole, V.M., Goldsmith, C., Hall, W.A., Kaczorowski, J., & Lacaille, D. (2013). Effectiveness of academic detailing to optimize medication prescribing behaviour of family physicians. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 16(4), 511-529.
Liva, S., Boschma, G., & Hall, W. A. (2013). Labour support and high-touch care: A lost art in perinatal nursing. Bulletin of the UK Centre of the History of Nursing and Midwifery, 2, November, 23-37.
Stoll, K., & Hall, W. A. (2013). Vicarious birth experiences and childbirth fear: Does it matter how young Canadian women learn about birth? The Journal of Perinatal Education, 22(4), 226-233.
Hall, W.A., Bandsmer, J., Gregg, K., & Ebbehoj, C. (2013). Translating knowledge directly to childbearing women: A study of Canadian women's preferences. Health Care for Women International, 34(5), 363-379. DOI:10.1080/07399332.2012.740109
Adolph, S., Hall, W. A., & Krutchen, P. (2012). Reconciling perspectives: A grounded theory of how people manage the process of software development. Journal of Systems and Software,85(6), 1269-1286. doi:10.1016/j.jss.2012.01.059
Adolph, S., Hall, W. A., & Krutchen, P. (2011). Using grounded theory to study the experience of software development. Journal of Empirical Software Engineering, 16, 487-513.doi: 10.1007/s10664-010-9152-6.
My teaching is based on modeling decision-making, be it in research, classrooms, or clinical, based on critical analysis of evidence and knowledge of practice. In both undergraduate and graduate education, I aim to extend students’ and my capacities to enhance professional judgment and accountability to patients and the profession of nursing. Inter-professional education and teamwork with the ‘patient’ at the centre of care informs all of my teaching. Cooperation and collaboration are key elements in my approach to teaching and learning that require me to engage not only with colleagues and students in my discipline but also with our patients and colleagues in other disciplines. I regard learning as a trajectory from novice to master; all of us are learners on a lifelong learning trajectory.
I am currently teaching courses in maternal and child health, infant and child growth and development, and research methods. I am also involved in developing interdisciplinary workshops for medical, nursing, and midwifery students. I am particularly interested in facilitating interdisciplinary work and developing student mentoring opportunities.