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  • Dr. David Busolo, RN PhD


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of New Brunswick


Assistant professor at the University of New Brunswick; Board member at the Canadian Cancer Society – New Brunswick

Research Interests:

Chronicity – Cancer risk and cancer prevention, Health Promotion, Immigrants and refugees, and Qualitative Research Methods. 

Cancer prevention

I examine the way cancer, cancer risk, and cancer prevention are conceptualized and how such conceptualizations influence cancer control efforts. My overall research plan is to develop effective population-based cancer control programs. For my Ph.D., I examined Kenyan youth’s understanding of cancer, cancer risk, and cancer prevention. At UNB, my first project, which was funded by the BHCRI new investigator award, is examining the perspectives and experiences of immigrant and refugee adults towards cancer screening as a first step towards improving their screening for breast, colon, and cervical cancer. My second project is examining youth’s understanding and intention to use Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) as a way of preventing cancer.  In the wake of increased risk for cancer later in their lives, I believe study findings will be useful in promoting HPV vaccination for newcomer youth.

Hometown: Kaimosi, Kenya

What brought you to your current institution?
I am passionate about research on cancer prevention. When I was looking for a place to pursue my research goals, I found the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and was impressed by the kind of research opportunities the university had. Limited work has been done with regards to cancer prevention among immigrants and refugees in New Brunswick and joining UNB was ideal for me to carry out such research.  

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Involvement with BHCRI to date:

I have been an Associate Member at BHCRI for the past one year. As an associate, I have been involved in reviewing grant applications and committee meetings. In the future, I hope to be involved with workshops/conferences and supervision of CRTP trainees.





Faculty of Nursing, University of New Brunswick, 33 Dineen Drive, Room 225, P.O Box 4400, Fredericton, NB E3B 5A7


Woodgate, Roberta Lynn and Busolo, David Shiyokha (2018). Above chaos, quest, and restitution: narrative experiences of African immigrant youth’s settlement in Canada. BMC Public Health 333 (18), 1-12 

Woodgate R. L and Busolo D. S (2017). Healthy Canadian adolescents’ perspectives of cancer using metaphors: A qualitative study. BMJ Open. BMJ Open 7:e013958. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013958 

Woodgate Roberta Lynn, Busolo David Shiyokha, Crockett Maryanne, Dean Ruth Anne, Amaladas Miriam R., Plourde Pierre J. (2017). A Qualitative Study on African Immigrant and Refugee Families’ Experiences of Accessing Primary Health Care Services in Canada: It’s not easy. International Journal for Equity in Health. 16: 5. doi: 10.1186/s12939-016-0510-x 

Busolo, D. S., & Woodgate, R. L (2015). Using the supportive care framework to understand and improve palliative care among cancer patients in Africa. Palliative and Supportive Care 14(3), 284-301 

Woodgate, R. L & Busolo, D. S. (2015). A qualitative study on Canadian youth's perspectives of peers who smoke: an opportunity for health promotion. BMC Public Health. 15:1301. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2683-4 

Busolo, D. & Woodgate, R. L. (2015). Palliative care experiences of adult cancer patients from ethnocultural groups: A qualitative systematic review protocol. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews & Implementation Reports. 13(1) 99-111. 

Busolo, D. S., & Woodgate, R. L. (2014). Cancer prevention in Africa: a review of the literature. Global Health Promotion 22(2), 31-39. doi:10.1177/1757975914537094 

Kim, B., Muigai, M., Gunther, K., Barcenas, M., Busolo, D., Alvarez, A., Mendez, L., Fajardo, A., Belliard, J. C., & Jara E. (2013). Nutrition and physical activity curriculum to educate promotores de salud on obesity prevention and healthy lifestyle interventions. Community Engaged Scholarship for Health ( website:

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