Monica Molinaro

MONICA MOLINARO, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Health Sciences Education. Previously, Professor Molinaro was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University, where she was also a MERIT (McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences program for Education, Research, Innovation, and Theory) Scholar, and instructor in the Bachelor of Health Sciences Undergraduate program. She completed her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Western Ontario, where she conducted a critical narrative analysis on pediatric oncology nurses’ stories of moral distress, and worked as a research associate at the Centre for Education Research and Innovation (CERI).

Building upon her expertise in using narrative methodologies to examine experiences of moral distress, Professor Molinaro uses a variety of qualitative critical and interpretive methodologies to provide understandings of how moral distress, as a result of institutional and provincial policy, has bearing on health outcomes, future health care delivery, and staff well-being. Additionally, her work aims to draw attention to how the sharing of narratives may act as a form of collective support and resistance for health care workers, reduce the distance between other health care providers, their management, and policy makers, and catalyze changes in medical education about how to best prepare learners for the realities of practice and future events that strain the healthcare system.

Email: monica.molinaro [at]


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