Iris Epstein

Assistant Professor

Email address(es):

iepstein@yorku.ca

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Nursing

Degrees

PhD - 2007
Toronto University
Toronto, Ontario

Biography

Dr. Epstein is an assistant professor at School of Nursing, a faculty member of Critical Disability Studies program, and the co-founder of i.r.i.s (Interdisciplinary Research Inclusive Strategies) lab’s program, at York University. The i.r.i.s lab’s program of research is guided by critical social theory and focuses on outcomes emerging from the intersect between health, technology and place.

Smartphone video-based and storytelling are used in a mixed method design to understand accessibility and inclusion across diverse health professional’s education and practices. The program includes several projects such as Smartphone Accommodation Resource Toolbox (SmART) http://smart-toolbox.eecs.yorku.ca/ , an interdisciplinary tool for accommodating teaching and learning practice-based skills, and AcTon and AcTinSite (http://actinsite.ca  multi-institutional projects which explore the accessibility and inclusions of resources and their meaning in clinical placement for health professional students who identify with disability. The lab’s work also centres around creating change through knowledge mobilization – processes of engaged scholarship designed to enhance its impact on policy, programs and practice.

The lab is supported by Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) IDG (2017-2019); SSHRC insight (2020-2023); NewFrontiers Explorer (2020-2022). As well as funding from the York University Academic and Innovation (AIF) grants (2017-2020).

Selected Publications

Epstein, I., Stephens, L., Mora Severino, S., Khanlou, N., Mack, T.L., Barker, D., & Dadashi, N. (2020). “Ask me what I need”: A call for shifting responsibility upwards and creating inclusive learning environments in clinical placement. Nurse Education Today, 92, 104505. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2020.104505



Epstein, I., Baljko, M., Thumlert, K., Kelly, E., Smith, J. A., Su, Y., Zaki-Azat, J. N. & May, N. M. (2020). “A video of myself helps me learn”: A scoping review of the evidence of video-making for situated learning. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning14(1), 9. https://doi.org/10.20429/ijsotl.2020.140109



Epstein, I., Bertram, M. S., Lightstone, E., Pham, T. T. T., Quach, L., Santos-Macias, J., & Skardzius, K. (2020). Feedback on video skill: A concept analysis. International Network on Youth Integration (INYI) Journal, 10(2), 5-14.



Epstein, I., Khanlou, N., Ermel, R. E., Sherk, M., Simmonds, K. K., Balaquiao, L., & Chang, K. Y. (2019). Students who identify with a disability and instructors’ experiences in nursing practice: A scoping review. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 1-28. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-019-00129-7



Epstein, I., & Bertram, M. (2019). Using students’ smartphones to learn a nursing skill: Students’ perspectives. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice9(5), 24-31. https://doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v9n5p24



Epstein, I., Balaquiao, L., Chang, K. Y., & Nguyen, J. (2019). Refugee smartphone access to health care in Canada: Concept analysis. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice9(1), 78-88. https://doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v9n1p78



Epstein, I., Khanlou, N., Balaquiao, L., & Chang, K. Y. (2019). University students’ mental health and illness experiences in health and allied health programs: A scoping review. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction17(3), 743-764. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-018-9987-4


Supervision

Currently available to supervise graduate students:

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

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects:

Current Research

Dr. Epstein is an assistant professor at School of Nursing, a faculty member of Critical Disability Studies program, and the co-founder of i.r.i.s (Interdisciplinary Research Inclusive Strategies) lab’s program, at York University. The i.r.i.s lab’s program of research is guided by critical social theory and focuses on outcomes emerging from the intersect between health, technology and place.

The lab’s work also centres around creating change through knowledge mobilization – processes of engaged scholarship designed to enhance its impact on policy, programs and practice.

The lab is supported by Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) IDG (2017-2019); SSHRC insight (2020-2023); NewFrontiers Explorer (2020-2022). As well as funding from the York University Academic and Innovation (AIF) grants (2017-2020).

 

Research Projects

Accommodation to include students with disability in clinical placement: Interdisciplinary interventions
See project website for all partners and investigators information. http://actinsite.eecs.yorku.ca/
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $268,000
Year Funded: 2020
Duration: 3
Funded by: Canada Foundation for Innovation

Multimedia resource to support students with disability placement communication needs : A multidisciplinary intervention
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $58,000
Year Funded: 2020
Duration: 1
Funded by: York University

Prespectives of nursing students with disability and instructors on landscape of nursing clinical placements
Using interactive diary and storytelling methodology this multi site research project explores the experiences of nursing students who identify with disability and instructors on the teaching and learning landscape of nursing clinical placements
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $77,000
Year Funded: 2017
Duration: 2
Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

SmART-Smartphone Accommodation Resource Toolbox
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $93.000
Year Funded: 2018
Duration: 2
Funded by: York University

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Iris Epstein