Shahirose Premji

Professor, School of Nursing

Locations / Contact Info:

423 Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies - HNES
Keele Campus
Phone: 4167362100 Ext. 66616

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Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Nursing


PhD - 2000
McMaster University


Academic positions: Dr. Premji is a clinical researcher and former Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Public Health Nurse (Postpartum). Her academic involvement began in 1994 which includes 2 years (2008-2010) as an Associate Professor at Aga Khan University–School of Nursing and Midwifery (AKU-SoNaM). In 2015, Dr. Premji was a visiting Lecturer at AKU-SoNaM, East Africa (Nairobi, Kenya campus).

Teaching: Dr. Premji teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level (masters and doctoral). Dr. Premji has supervised (e.g., primary supervisor or supervisory committee) over 25 graduate students of which five were doctoral students. Supervision of masters’ students includes thesis-­‐based and course-­‐based students. She has also served as internal/external doctoral thesis exams locally and internationally.

Research: Dr. Premji leads an international team of academics, clinicians, and policy decision-makers that examines the role of psychosocial factors (e.g., stress, depression and anxiety) as both risk factors and targets of intervention to prevent preterm birth. The goal is to develop psychosocial interventions that consider the socio-economic and cultural context of pregnant women in order to limit unintended adverse consequences. Dr. Premji’s h-­‐index for all citation indices is 15 (and for the last 5 years is 13) and i10-­‐index is 23 (and for the last 5 years is 18), which attests to both the productivity and citation impact of her work.

Service: Dr. Premji is the founder and 1st President of the Canadian Association of Neonatal Nurses (CANN). Her international work dates back to 1989 and includes teaching or providing technical expertise in development of nursing programs in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Pakistan, and Syria.

Awards: Dr. Premji is the recipient of the Jeanne Mance Award (highest award given by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)). The CNA honored her as 150 Nurses for Canada!! for her pioneering work in health innovation in Canada and globally. Dr. Premji is also the recipient of the College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta’s Centennial Award and has been inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Selected Publications

5-year publication (total 40)

Peer-reviewed Articles – Submitted/In Press

Premji SS, Khademi S, Forcheh N, Lalani S, Shaikh K, Javed A, Saleem E, Babar N, Muhabat Q, Jabeen N, Nausheen S, Ali SS, Maternal-infant Global Health Team (MiGHT) Collaborators in Research. Psychological and situational factors associated with COVID-19 vaccine intention among postpartum women in Pakistan: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open 2022 (accepted August 31, 2022). [Impact Factor 3.006].


Premji SS, Pana G, Cuncannon A, Ronksley P, Dosani A, Hayden KA, Lalani S, Musana JW, Shaikh K, Yim IS, Maternal-infant Global Health Team (MiGHT) Collaborators in Research. Prenatal allostatic load and preterm birth: a systematic review. Frontiers in Psychology (accepted September 5, 2022).  [Impact Factor 4.232]


Peer Reviewed Manuscripts - Published

*Zhao T, Zuo H, Campbell SM, Jhangri GS, Dobson KS, Li JY, Premji SS, Tao F, Zhu B, Yamamoto S. The impacts of prenatal mental health issues on birth outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic: a scoping review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2022;19: 7670. (accepted June 21, 2022). [Impact Factor 3.39]


Dosani A, Yim IS, Shaikh K, Lalani S, Alcantara J, Letourneau N, Premji SS, Maternal-infant Global Health Team (MiGHT) Collaborators in Research. Psychometric analysis of the Edinburgh postnatal depression scale and pregnancy-related anxiety questionnaire in Pakistani pregnant women. Asian Journal of Psychiatry 2022;72: 103066. (accepted March 9, 2022) [Impact Factor 3.543]


Vlenterie R, van Gelder, MHJ, Anderson HR,[…], Premji SS,[…], Shaikh K, et al. Associations between maternal depression, antidepressant use during pregnancy, and adverse pregnancy outcomes: An individual participant data meta-analysis. Obstetrics & Gynecology 2021. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000004538. (accepted Oct 2021) [Impact Factor 7.611]


*Adhikari K, Patten SB, Patel AB, Premji S, Tough S, Letourneau N, Giesbrecht G, Metcalfe, A. Data harmonization and data pooling from cohort studies: A practical approach for data management. International Journal of Population Data Science. 2021;6:1-21. (accepted Aug 2021) [Impact Factor 1.68]


Premji SS, Chessell L, Stewart F. Continuous nasogastric milk feeding versus intermittent bolus milk feeding for preterm infants less than 1500 grams. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2021, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD001819. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD001819.pub3 (accepted June 24, 2021) [Impact Factor 7.89].


^Sulaiman S, ^Premji SS, *^Tavangar F, Yim IS, Lebold M, MiGHT. Total adverse childhood experiences and preterm birth: A systematic review. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2021;25(10):1581-1594. (accepted April 21, 2021) [Impact Factor 1.89].


^Lalani S, ^Dosani A, ^Forcheh N, ^Premji SS, Siddiqui S, Shaikh K, Mian A, Yim IS and Maternal-infant Global Health Team (MiGHT) Collaborators in Research. Perceived stress may mediate the relationship between antenatal depressive symptoms and preterm birth: A pilot observational study. PLoS One. 2021;16(5): e0250982. (accepted April 21, 2021) [Impact Factor 2.74].


Premji SS, Dobson KS, Prashad A, Yamamoto S, Fangbiao F, Zhu B, Wu X, Lu M, Shao S. What stakeholders think: perceptions of perinatal depression and screening in China’s primary care system. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2021;21(1):15. doi: 10.1186/s12884-020-03473-y. (accepted Oct 2020) [Impact Factor 2.650].


Fangbiao T, Premji S, Wu X, Dobson KS, Zhu B, Fung K, Shao S, Lu M, Lam RW, Jiang M, Jun C. (2020). Promoting the application of implementation research in the field of public health in China. Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine, 54(1), 8-12. doi: 10.3760/cma.j.issn.0253-9624.2020.01.004


*Mendhi MM, Pope C, Newman SS, Cartmell KB, Premji S. Perceptions of traditional birth attendants and midwives related to neonatal airway management in rural Uganda: a focused ethnographic qualitative study. Journal of Global Health Reports. 2020;4:e2020088. doi: 10.29392/001c.17360. (accepted October 28, 2020).


Premji SS, Lalani S, Shaikh K, Mian A, Forcheh N, Dosani A, Letourneau N, Yim IS, *Bhamani SS and MiGHT Collaborators in Research. Comorbid anxiety and depression among pregnant Pakistani women: higher rates, different vulnerability characteristics, and the role of perceived stress. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020;17(19):7295. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17197295. (accepted September 20, 2020) [Impact Factor 2.849].


Rios JD, Shah PS, Beltempo M, Louis D, Mukerji A, Premji S, Shah V, Lee SK, Pechlivanoglou P on behalf of the Canadian Preterm Birth Network Investigators and the Canadian Neonatal Network Investigators. Costs of care of preterm neonates in Canadian neonatal intensive care unit. Journal of Pediatrics. 2021;229:161-167.e12 (accepted September 22, 2020) [Impact Factor 3.739].


Premji SS, Shaikh K, Lalani S, Yim IS, Moore S, Ali NA, Aijaz S, Letourneau N, MiGHT Collaborators in Research. COVID-19 and women’s health: a low- and middle-income country perspective. Frontiers Global Women’s Health. 2020;1:572158. doi: 10.3389/fgwh.2020.572158. (accepted September 17, 2020).


Choi K, Records K, Low LK, Alhusen JL, Kenner C, Bloch JR, Premji SS, Hannan J, Anderson CM, Pitzer C, Yeo S, Logsdon MC. Promotion of maternal-infant mental health and trauma-informed care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing. 2020;49;409-415. file:///X:/Published%20Articles/Choi%20et%20al%202020%20JOGNN%20Promotion%20of%20maternal-infant%20mental%20health%20and%20trauma-informed%20care%20during%20COVID-19.pdf (accepted July 19, 2020). [Impact Factor 1.250].


Hurst JR, Agarwal G, van Boven JFM, Daivadnam M, Gould GS, Huang EW-C, Maulik PK, Miranda JJ, Owalabi MO, Premji SS, Soriano JB, Vedanthan R, Yan LL, Levitt NS. A critical review of multi-morbidity outcome measures suitable for low- and middle-income country settings: perspective from the Global Alliance for Choric Disease (GACD) Researchers. BMJ Open. 2020;10,e037079. Doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2020-037079 (accepted July 18, 2020). [Impact Factor 2.496].


^Samia P, ^Premji S, ^Tavangar F, Yim IS, Wanyonyi S, Merali M, Musana W, Omuse S, Forcheh N, Dosani A, Letourneau N, and Maternal Infant Global Health Team (MiGHT) Collaborators in Research. Adverse Childhood experiences and changing levels of psychosocial distress scores across pregnancy in Kenyan women. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020;17,3401. Doi:10.3390/ijerph17103401. (accepted May 2020) [Impact Factor 2.849].


^Shaikh K, ^Premji S (corresponding author), ^Lalani S, ^Forcheh N, Dosani A, Yim IS, Samia P, Naugler C, Letourneau N and MiGHT Collaborators in Research. Ethnic disparity and exposure to supplements rather than adverse childhood experiences linked to preterm birth in Pakistani women. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2020;267:49-56. (accepted April 2020) [Impact Factor 4.08].


*Adhikari, KD, Patten SB, Williamson T, Patel AB, Premji S, Tough S, Letourneau N, Giesbrecht G, Metcalfe A. Assessment of anxiety during pregnancy: Are existing multiple anxiety scales suitable and comparable in measuring anxiety during pregnancy? Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2021;42(2):140-146. doi:.10.1080/0167482X.2020.1725462 (accepted 30 January 2020). [Impact Factor 2.327]


*Mendhi M, Cartmell KB, Pope C, Newman S, Premji S. Self-efficacy measurement instrument of neonatal resuscitation training: an integrative review. Nurses Education in Practice. 2020;43:102710. [Impact Factor 1.67].


*Adhikari KD, Patten SB, Williamson T, Patel AB, Premji S, Tough S, Letourneau N, Giesbrecht G, Metcalfe A. Does neighborhood socioeconomic predict the risk of preterm birth? A community-based Canadian cohort study. BMJ Open. 2019;9e025341. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025341. [Impact Factor 2.496].


Pallangyo ES, Ndirangu E, Mwasha L, Lyimo M, Namukwaya C, Premji S, Squires A. Task shifting to attain sustainable development goals and universal health coverage: what are the consequences to nursing and midwifery profession? [Guest Editorial] International Journal of Nursing Studies. 2019;102:103453. [Impact Factor 3.783]


Yamamoto SS, Premji SS, Nyanza E, Jahanpour O. Investigating the association between stress, anxiety and geophagy among pregnant women in Mwanza, Tanzania. Appetite 2019;142:104328.  [Impact Factor 3.174].


Squires A, Chavez FS, Hilfinger Messias DK, Narsavage GL, Oerther DB, Premji SS, Rosa We, Ambani Z, Castañeda-Hidalgo H, Lee H, Pallangyo ES, Thumm B. Sustainable development & the year of the nurse & midwife – 2020. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 2019; 94:A3-A4. [Impact Factor 3.57]. Cited in World’s Nursing Report 2020.


Premji SS, Reilly S, Currie G, Dosani A, Oliver LM, Lodha AK, Young M, Hall M, Williamson T. Experiences, mental well-being and community-based care needs of fathers of later preterm infants: A mixed-methods pilot study. Nursing Open. 2019;7(1):127-136. doi: 10.1102/nop2.370 [Impact Factor 0.481].


*Mendhi MM, Cartmell KB, Newman SD, Premji S, Pope C. Review of education interventions to increase traditional birth attendants’ neonatal resuscitation self-efficacy. Women and Birth. 2019;32:16-27. [Impact Factor 2.138].


Kenner C, Ashford K, Badr LK, Black B, Bloch J, Mainous R, McGrath J, Premji S, Sinclair S, Terhaar M, Verklan T, Walden M, Walker DS, White-Traut R, Yeo SA, Zekas LB, Kostas-Polston EA, Greenberg CS, Boykova M. American Academy of Nursing on policy: Reducing preterm birth in the United States: maternal infant health, child, adolescent and family, and women’s health expert panels (August 13, 2018). Nursing Outlook. 2018;66(5):499-504. [Impact Factor 2.425].


*Bright KS, Norris JM, Letourneau NL, *King-Rosario M, Premji S. Prenatal maternal anxiety in South Asia: a rapid best-fit framework synthesis. Frontiers in Psychiatry. 2018;9:467. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00467. [Impact Factor 2.857]. Note: conceptualized, provided direction, and lead the doctoral student through the revision process.


Currie G, Dosani, A, Premji S, Reilly S, Lodha A, Young M. Caring for late preterm infants: Public health nurses’ experience. BMC Nursing. 2018;17:16. doi: 10.1186/s12912-018-0286-y [Impact Factor ResearchGate 1.86].


*^Wall V, ^Premji SS, Letourneau N, McCaffrey G, Nyanza EC. Factors associated with pregnancy-related anxiety in Tanzanian women: A cross sectional study. BMJ Open. 2018 (accepted April 12, 2018). [Impact Factor 2.369]. ^Equal contribution and corresponding author.


Premji SS, *^Pana G, Currie G, Dosani A, Reilly S, Young M, Hall M, Williamson T, & Lodha AK. Mother’s level of confidence in caring for her late preterm infant: A mixed method study. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 2018;27(5-6):e1120-e1133. doi: 10.1111/jocn.14190. (accepted Nov 2017) [Impact Factor 1.214].


Yamamoto S, Premji S. The role of body, mind and environment in preterm birth: Mind the gap. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. 2017 (Nov)62(6):696-705. doi: 10.111/jmwh.12658. (accepted Nov 14, 2017) [Impact Factor 1.5].


* Doktorchik C, Premji S, Slater D, Williamson T, Touch S, Scott P. Patterns of change in anxiety and depression during pregnancy predicts preterm birth. Journal of Affective Disorder. 2017;227 (October):71-78. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2017.10.001. [Impact Factor 3.432].


ǂDanhoundo G, Wiktorowicz ME, Premji S, Nasiri K. Determinants of bed net policy implementation: A case study of Southern Benin. International Journal of Health Planning and Management. 2017(September);33(1):e279-e292. doi: 10.1002/hpm.2465 [Impact Factor 1.241]


^King MR, ^Premji SS, Nyanza EC, Raffin Bouchal S, Este D. A qualitative study of pregnancy-related anxiety among women in Tanzania. BMJ Open 2017;7(August):e016072. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016072 [Impact Factor 2.369]. ^Equal contribution.


*Adhikari, KD, Premji S, Patel A, Williamson T, Peng M, Metcalfe A. Variation in maternal comorbidities and obstetric interventions across area-level socioeconomic status: A cross-sectional study. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. 2017;31 (June 7):274-283. doi: 10.111/pp3.12370 [Impact Factor 2.724].


Dosani A, *Hemraj J, Premji S, Currie G, Reilly S, Lodha A, Young M, Hall M. Breastfeeding the late preterm infant: Experiences of mothers and perceptions of public health nurses. International Breastfeeding Journal. 2017;12:23. doi: 10.1186/s13006-017-0114-0. [Impact Factor 2.53].


*Somani Z, Premji S. Exploring perinatal global health: A reflective commentary of a nursing student’s experience abroad in Uganda. International Journal of Nursing Student Scholarship. 2017;4:Article 19.


Premji S, Currie G, Reilly S, Dosani A, *Oliver LM, Lodha AK, Young M. A qualitative study: Mothers of late preterm infants relate their experiences of community-based care. PLOS One. 2017;12(3):e0174419. [Impact Factor 3.23].


College & Registered Nurses of Alberta's Nursing Excellence in Research Award - 2018

150 Nurses for Canada! - 2017

Undergraduate Teaching Award, The Faculty of Nursing Pursuit of Excellence Awards - 2017

Fellow American Academy of Nursing - 2016

Jeanne Mance Award (CNA) - 2016


Currently available to supervise graduate students:

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers:

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Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Shahirose Premji