Holly Symonds-Brown

R.N., B.N.Sc., M.S.N.
Adjunct Professor
Faculty of Health Studies


Holly Symonds-Brown has worked as a nurse, nurse practitioner and undergraduate nurse educator in mental health and addictions for 25 years.  Holly is an Assistant Professor in the BScN program at MacEwan University in Edmonton and a PhD candidate with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta.


M.Sc.N., Rush University (Nursing-Psychiatric NP)
B.N.Sc., Queen’s University (Nursing)

Research Interests

Holly’s research interests are in community care practices for people with mental illness, addiction or dementia using qualitative methods and post-structural theory. She is also interested in critical theory and nursing education. She is currently completing an ethnographic study of care in the community and day programs for people with dementia.

Selected Publications

Symonds-Brown, H. (2014). Historical overview of psychiatric-mental health nursing in Canada.  In M. Halter, C. Pollard, S. Ray & M. Haase (Eds.), Varcolis’s Canadian Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: A Clinical Approach, First Canadian Edition (pp. 17-25). Toronto, Ontario.

Symonds-Brown, H., & Milner, M. (2015). Breaking from tradition: Transforming leadership development in nursing education curricula. Journal of Quality Advancement in Nursing Education.1 (3), Article 2. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.17483/2368-6669.1041

Ceci, C., Symonds-Brown, H., & Purkis, M. E. (2018) Seeing the collective: Family arrangements for care at home for older people with dementia. Aging & Society, 1-19. doi:10.1017/S0144686X1700147

Ceci, C., Symonds-Brown, H., & Judge, H. (2018). Rethinking the assumptions of intervention research concerned with care at home for people with dementia. Dementia, 147, 26, doi: 10.1177/147130121879003

Symonds-Brown, H., Ceci, C., Duggleby, W. & Purkis, M. E. (2019). Rethinking the nature of day program for people with dementia: Implications for research. Dementia, 1-22, doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301219884429