Karen Clements

R.P.N., C.A.C.E., B.A. (adv). M.A.



Karen has practiced as an RPN in acute care psychiatry, in-hospital educator and researcher coordinator, community rehabilitation worker, consultant in a northern Cree community, and assistant professor (Bachelor and Master of Psychiatric Nursing Programs). She retired in July 2020 but continues as an Adjunct Professor and thesis supervisor for MPN graduate students.


Master of Arts in (Medical) Anthropology University of Manitoba
Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education University of Manitoba
Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing Selkirk Mental Health Centre

Research Interests

Karen has concentrated on qualitative research methods (Ethnography, Photovoice, Discourse Analysis, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Institutional Ethnography, Narrative Inquiry). Her current research interests revolve around psychiatric nursing philosophy, recovery, and mental health activism.

Selected Publications

Clements, K., Naismith, D., Rossowski, S., Hardy, K., & Dusome, D. (2020).  Lived Experience Narrative as Practice: Describing the Work of Community Mental Health Activists/Advocates.  Journal for Recovery in Mental Health, 3(2).  Retrieved from https://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/rmh/issue/view/2312

Recovery Champions Committee (Government of Manitoba) (2015 June 10). Hope changes everything.  [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q2zkeirxK4
Participant on the sub-committee to organize this video production and one of the participants appearing in the video.

 Clements, K. (2012). Ethical research guidelines and psychiatric nursing. Canadian Journal of Psychiatric Nursing Research, 1. http://www.cjpnr.org/

 Clements, K. (2011). Participatory action research and Photovoice in a psychiatric nursing/Clubhouse collaboration exploring recovery narrative. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2011.01853.x