Jane Karpa

Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatric Nursing/Winnipeg Campus
Phone: (204) 772-0377, Ext 875


Jane Karpa is a psychiatric nurse educator in both the Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing program and in the Master of Psychiatric Nursing program. Dr. Karpa is also involved in Thesis Advising within the MPN program. Dr. Karpa has over twenty-five years of clinical experience in working with children, adolescents, adults and families within health systems and as a private practitioner.


PhD (Applied Health Sciences), University of Manitoba
Master of Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Winnipeg
Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing, Selkirk School of Psychiatric Nursing
Bachelor of Arts, University of Winnipeg

Research Interests

Dr. Karpa’s main program of research concerns families in health care, supporting allied health care professionals to think family and engage in collaborative practice. As a qualitative researcher Dr. Karpa’s other research interests includes acquired brain injury, recovery principles and teaching reflection.

Selected Publications

Thomson, A.E., Smith, N., & Karpa, J. (2023). Professional boundaries in psychiatric nursing undergraduate education: Resource development. Journal of Nursing Education, 62(2), 97-100. https://doi.org.10.3928/01484834-20221213-05

 Thomson, A.E., Smith, N., & Karpa, J. (2022). Strategies used to teach professional boundaries psychiatric nursing education. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 43(10), 895-902. https://doi.org/10.1080/01612840.2022.2083737

Karpa, J. (2021). Narrative Inquiry Methodology and Family Research: An Innovative Approach to Understanding Acquired Brain Injuries. International Journal of Qualitative Method, 20, 1-10.

Horrill, T. C., Isse, A. A. R., Armah, N., Bolianatz, J. D., Karpa, J. V., Lelond, S., Martin, K. M., Martin, D. E., McMillan, D., Mitchell, K. M., Rieger, K. L., Scruby, L. S., & West, C. (2021). The development of academic identity in graduate nursing students: An interpretive descriptive study. Nurse Education Today, 103,1-7. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2021.104949

Karpa, J., Chernomas, W., Roger, K., & Heinonen, T. (2020). Families’ experiences living with acquired brain injury: “Thinking family” – A nursing pathway for family- centered care. Nursing Research and Practice https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/8866534

Karpa, J (2019). An odyssey: Families’ experiences living with acquired brain injury. Research Connection, Brandon University, 2(2).

West, C., Rieger, K., Chooniedass, R., Adekoya, A. Isse, A., Karpa, J., Waldman, C., Peters-Watral, B., Chernomas, W., Scruby, L., & Martin, D. (2018) Enlivening a Community of Authentic Scholarship: A Faculty-Mentored Experience for Graduate Students at the 2016 Qualitative Health Research Conference. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 17,1-15. doi:10.1177/1609406918808122  

Chernomas, W.M., Rieger, K.L., Karpa, J.V., Clarke, D.E., Marchinko, S., & Demczuk, L. (2017). Young women’s experiences of psychotic illness: A systematic review of qualitative research. The Joanna Briggs Institute of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 15(3), 694-737. Doi: 10.11124/JBISRIR-2016-002942.

Knaak, S., Szeto, A., Robinson, R., Karpa, J., & Patten, S. (2013). Brandon university psychiatric nursing program evaluation report. Mental Health Commission of Canada, Retrieved from www.mentalhealthcommission.ca

Clarke, D.E., Marchinko, S., Chernomas, W.M., Rieger, K.L., Karpa, J.V., & Demczuk, L. (2015). The effectiveness of early psychosis programming for young women: A systematic review protocol. The Joanna Briggs Institute of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 13(6), 114-126. Doi:10.7224/1537-2073.2015-023.