INVITED COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Dr. Salman earned her Master's Degree in Medical-Surgical Nursing (School of Nursing) and her Doctoral Degree in Epidemiology of Chronic Disease (Graduate School of Public Health) from the University of Pittsburgh. She has extensive clinical experience in acute and chronic care including organ transplantation. Prior to joining the faculty of Duquesne University School of Nursing as an Assistant Professor, she held positions as a staff nurse, home care nurse and most recently at a Medicaid managed health organization (MHO) as a community health nurse. Dr. Salman's expertise in nursing, public/community health, and Middle Eastern culture has led her to a research focus on disease prevention and health promotion with a particular interest in women's health and vulnerable populations. Dr. Salman's funded research has included minority, immigrant and refugee populations, international/global health, environmental health, interreligious (interfaith) dialogue, and technology in education. In 2016, Dr. Salman was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for six months in Saudi Arabia to share her research and teaching expertise.


Karen Eisler has been a RN for over 35 years. She has worked as a Clinical RN for 20 years in ICU and Emergency in an acute care hospital in Regina and for about 15 years primarily in Administrative positions; the most recent was as the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association. Her Master’s thesis and Doctoral research was in Nursing Leadership. The results indicated that managers’ use of transformational leadership practices can affect the staff nurses’ perception of the quality of patient care on a unit. Her research interest is in nursing leadership related to patient and staff outcomes, quality workplaces and provincial and national nursing regulation.

Maude Johansson is an authorized Psychologist and Psychotherapist. She has mostly worked in the area of Child Psychiatry. The research topic concerns the identification and treatment of mothers and fathers with depressive symptoms and parental stress in early parenthood.

Mei Yun Yu has her expertise in clinical education in perioperative nursing care arena. Her creative research interest is in reflexive and responsive strategies in “time-limited” perioperative clinical curriculum to motivate nursing students. Her dedication is focusing on the combination of teaching theory and clinical training programs. She is building her theory in perioperative clinical nursing education after years of clinical education experience. Her theory flips students as the key person of themselves during clinical curriculum. The basic strategies are reflexive and responsive communication between educators and students.

Amelia’s career spans more than 20 years both in Tonga and Australia across a variety of nursing services. In 2014, Amelia was the first Tongan to win the Alumni Award for Professional Achievement, a prestigious honour award from the University of Sydney, Australia. She is the first Tongan to receive a PhD in Nursing in 2012. Improving the health of the Tongan people is Amelia’s top priority, and Tonga's nurses are at the frontier of strategies to improve communities lifestyles choices and health care.

Amelia is a current member of the Advisory Board of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center (WHO CC), University Technology of Sydney, Australia. Amelia was recently the chair of the South Pacific Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officers Alliance (SPCNMOA). She is also the current chair of the Tonga Nurses Regulatory Board. Amelia is also a board member of the Tonga Health Promotion Foundation–a firm advocate for ‘Nurses: Grow your Wellness’: encouraging lifestyle transformation, exercise and Plant-based diet.

Amelia has provided her professional expertise to health services, organisations and governments over the years, in three major areas including Strategic policy level, Innovation and Research Initiative level. Amelia’s particular research interests focus on professional standards issues in nursing and health care delivery. She speaks nationally and internationally on her work and has presented in various regional and international conferences.

Recently, Amelia has been conducting national approach awareness programme for Tongan communities on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)–with robust commitment to ‘LEAVING NO ONE BEHIND’ –‘E ‘IKAI NGALO HA TAHAˊ

Maud Huynen (1978) holds Masters Degrees in Environmental Health Science (2001) and Epidemiology (2003) and a Ph.D. in Global Health (2008).  She conducted her Ph.D. research ‘Future Health in a globalising world’ at the International Centre for Integrated Assessment and Sustainable Development (ICIS), Maastricht University. She currently is a research fellow at ICIS on topics related to global and environmental health.


Dr. Dariusz Wojciech Mazurkiewicz, holds Ph.D. in  Medical Sciences , the discipline of medicine. He is a graduate of  Medical University, Technical University, and Life Sciences University. He is educated and trained in the field of midwifery, health sciences, mental health, life sciences, and hospital care investigation. Dr. Mazurkiewicz is a member of: the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the European Psychiatric Assosciation. Dr. Mazurkiewicz is scientifically focused especially on: a new challenge for midwives,  limitations, risks, co-operation between midwives and medical doctors  in time of the threat of a mass terrorist attack and a life-threatening mass disaster. He is a prolific author, as the articles authored and published by Dr. Mazurkiewicz in peer-reviewed scientific journals are raising, among
others, the following vital and important issues: * a new challenge for midwives and medical doctors in time of the threat of a mass terrorist attack and a life-threatening mass disaster;      * limitations and risks in providing midwifery healthcare in the event of a mass terrorist attack; *  co-operation between midwives and medical doctors in the face of a terrorist threat; * the neurobiology of addiction; * sexual disorders following Ob-Gyn surgeries ; * cybersex;       * child sexually abused; * the role of forensic sexology and an expert witness in the fight against sexual crimes; * the acceptance of homosexuality; * the impact of mass terrorist attack on the health of an expectant mother and her fetus as well as the course of pregnancy and delivery; * mental health disorders in victims of World Trade Center terrorist attack of September 11,2001. Dr. Mazurkiewicz serves as a reviewer for several academic publications, including but not limited to, the European Journal Of Psychotraumatology.