Shahirose Premji

Director and Professor, School of Nursing

Locations / Contact Info:

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

Email address(es):

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 63)

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]


*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 2018;797:12 pages. [Impact Factor 2.138]


*^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 (accepted Nov 2017):1-14. Doi: 10.1111/jocn.14190   [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). [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. [Impact Factor 3.432] Doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2017.10.001


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). 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


*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]


Rose MS, *Pana G, Premji SS. Prenatal maternal anxiety as a risk factor for preterm birth and the effects of heterogeneity on this relationship: A systematic review and meta-analysis. BioMed Research International Special Issue Epidemiology of Adverse Birth Outcomes: A focus on emerging genetic/epigenetic, biomedical, and statistical methodologies. Vol. 2016, Article ID 8312158, 18 pages, 2016. Doi:10.1155/2016/8312158 [Impact Factor 2.134]


Premji S, Hatfield J. Call for action for nurses/Nursing. BioMed Research International (Special Issue Maternal and Neonatal and Child Health Priorities in Africa and Asia) Vol 2016, Article ID 3127543, 5 pages, 2016. doi:10.1155/2016/3127543. [Impact Factor 2.134]


*Rwakarema Sister M (Primary author), Premji SS (Primary author), Nyanza E, Riziki P, Palacios-Derflingher L. Antenatal depression is associated with pregnancy-related anxiety, partner relations, and wealth in women in Northern Tanzania: A cross-sectional study. BMC Women’s Health. 2015;15:68. Doi: 10.1186/212905-015-0225-y [Impact Factor 1.50]. 


*Hetherington E, *Doktorchik CTA, Premji SS, McDonald S, Tough SC, Sauve RS. Preterm birth and social support during pregnancy: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 2015;29(6):523-535.  [Impact Factor 3.131]. 


Premji S, Yim IS, Dosani A, Kanji Z, Sulaiman S, Musana JW, Samia P, Shaikh K, Letourneau N, on behalf of MiGHT. Psycho-bio-behavioral model for preterm birth in pregnant women in low- and middle-income countries. BioMed Research International, 2015 (2015), Article ID 450309, 12 pages. Special Issue Preterm Birth: Pathophysiology, Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment. [Impact Factor 1.579]


Semenic S, Edwards N, Premji S, Olson J, Williams B, Montgomery P. Decision-making and evidence use during the process of prenatal record review in Canada: A multiphase qualitative study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2015;15:78. Doi: 10.1186/s12884-015-0503-6 [Impact Factor 2.52].


Premji SS, Khowaja S, Meherali S, *Fergeron R. Socio-cultural influences on newborn health and survival in the first 6 weeks of life: Qualitative study in a fishing village in Karachi, Pakistan. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2014;14:232. Doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-14-232. URL:  [Impact Factor 2.15]


Premji S. Mobile health in maternal and newborn care: Fuzzy logic. Commentary. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2014;11:6494-6503. [Impact Factor 1.998].


Premji S, MiGHT – Maternal Infant Global Health Team (Global Collaborators in Research) (alphabetical order)  Ms. Dorcas  Akoya Amunga; Ms. Dorcus Asami Satia; Dr. Susan Dahinten; Dr. Farooq Ghani; Dr. Imtiaz Jehan; Dr. Zeenatkhanu Kanji; Mr. Adam King; Dr. Nicole Letourneau; Dr. Aliyah Mawji; Dr. Alliya Mohamed; Dr. Joseph Wangira Musana; Dr. Haider Ali Naqvi; Dr. Christopher T. Naugler; Ms. Christine Omukani Okoko; Dr. M. Sarah Rose; Dr. Pauline Samia; Ms. Kiran Shaikh; Ms. Salima Sulaiman; Mr. Josephat Wambua; Ms. Saba Wasim. Perinatal distress in women in low- and middle-income countries: Allostatic load as a framework to examine the effect of perinatal distress on preterm birth and infant health. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2014;18:2393-2407. Doi: 10.1007/s10995-014-1479-y [Erratum published vol. 19, issue 3, 2015, p. 691]. [Impact Factor 2.243].


~Fenton T, Premji S, *Alwassia H, Sauve R. Higher versus lower protein intake in formula-fed low birth weight infants [Cochrane Systematic Review Update]. 2014; Issue 4. Art. No.: CD003959. Doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD003959.pub3. [Impact Factor 5.939] ~ mentored in taking lead authorship


Nyanza CE, *Joseph M, Premji S, Thomas DSK, Mannion C. Geophagy practices and inorganic contaminant content of the soil eaten by pregnant women in artisanal and small scale mining communities in Tanzania. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014;14:144. Doi:10.1186/1471-2393-14-144 [Impact Factor 2.15]  


*Gulamani SS, Premji SS, Kanji Z, Azam SI. Preterm birth a risk factor for postpartum depression in Pakistani women. Open Journal of Depression 2013 (Nov);2(4), 72–81. Doi:10.4236/ojd.2013.24013


*Shaikh K, Premji S, Khowaja K, Tough S, Kazi A, Khowaja S. The relationship between prenatal stress, depression, cortisol and preterm birth: a review. Open Journal of Depression 2013;2(3):24–31. Doi:10.4236/ojd.2013.23006


Premji S, Spence K, Kenner C. Call for neonatal nursing specialization in developing countries. The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing 2013;38(6):336-342. [Impact Factor 1.123] Doi: 10.1097/NMC.0b013e31829f2c94


*Gulamani SS, Premji SS, Kanji Z, Azam SI. A review of postpartum depression, preterm birth, and culture. Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing 2013;27(1):1-8. Doi: 10.1097/JPN.0b013e31827fcf24  [Impact Factor 1.364]


*Ladak L, Premji S, Amanulla M, Haque A, Ajani K, Siddiqui F. Family centered rounds in Pakistani pediatric intensive care settings: non-randomized pre and post study design. International Journal of Nursing Studies 2013;50(6):717–726 [Impact Factor 2.103].


Premji SS, Young M, Rogers C, Reilly S. Transitions in the early-life of late preterm infants: vulnerabilities and implications for postpartum care. Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing 2012;26(1):57–68. Doi: 10.1097/JPN.0b013e31823f8ff5 [Impact Factor 1.0]


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