Jane Karpa

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

Professionally, Ms. Karpa is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Ms. Karpa’s extensive clinical experience lies in the fields of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and as a Private Practice Mental Health Clinician. Professor Karpa is a tenured full time academic member with Brandon University, Faculty of Health Studies Department of Psychiatric Nursing Winnipeg Campus. Professor Karpa is a member of Brandon University Faculty of Graduate Studies and is the current Master of Psychiatric Nursing Program Coordinator. Professor Karpa is enrolled in the Applied Health Sciences Doctoral Program, University of Manitoba, Canada. Her PhD research project is a qualitative study titled: Families’ experiences living with acquired brain injury: A narrative inquiry.

Professor Karpa has a special interest in qualitative methodologies and her research topic areas include: Recognizing and understanding ambiguous loss and the implications for the psychiatric nurse – client therapeutic relationship; development of reflective practice in psychiatric nursing students; and research with families as a group. She has presented on her research projects nationally and internationally. Professor Karpa is passionate about promoting the development of family centered psychiatric nursing practice.

Publications (peer reviewed)

  • Knaak, S., Karpa, J., Robinson, R., & Bradley, L. (2016). ‘They are us – we are them’: Transformative learning though nursing education leadership. Healthcare Management Forum, 1-5. doi: 10.1177/0840470416628880
  • Chernomas, W., M., Rieger, K., L., Karpa, J., V., Clarke, D., E., Marchinko, S., Demczuk, L. (2015) Psychotic illnesses and young women’s experiences: A systematic review of qualitative research, The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 13(3), 79-90.
  • 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 of quantitative evidence. The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 13(6), 114-126.
  • 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
  • Karpa, J. V., & Chernomas, W. M. (2013). Nurse educators’ perspectives on student development of reflection for psychiatric mental health nursing practice. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 10(1), 185–194. doi: 10.1515/ijnes-2012-0040


  • College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba. (2010). Professional boundaries in psychiatric nursing. Winnipeg, MB: participated in the authorship of this document.
  • Karpa, J. (2009). Western Region Canadian Association Schools of Nursing update. School of Health Studies Newsletter, Fall, 7. (non-refereed)
  • Karpa, J. (2008). Ambiguous loss. Transition – Canadian Mental Health Journal for Saskatchewan, Spring, 7-8. (non-refereed)
  • Karpa, J. (2007). Ambiguous loss – the art of healing. Mental Health In-service Update, 12(21), 2-3. (non-refereed)