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  • Dr. David Busolo, RN PhD


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of New Brunswick


Faculty of Nursing, University of New Brunswick

Research Interests:

Cancer control – cancer risk, cancer prevention, and palliative care 
Newcomers – Immigrants and refugees
Health promotion
Qualitative methodologies 

Cancer prevention

Dr. Busolo examines many ways that cancer, cancer risk, and cancer prevention is conceptualized and how such conceptualization influences cancer control efforts. The overall research plan is to develop effective population based cancer control programs. Dr. Busolo’s work focuses on newcomers across the lifespan and how their understanding of cancer prevention influences their actions.

Dr. Busolo was awarded a Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute New Investigator award for a research project entitled: Improving cancer screening for immigrant and refugee adults in New Brunswick. He is working with Drs. Roberta Woodgate, Krista Wilkins, and Tracey Rickards on this important research project.

Involvement with BHCRI to date:

Dr. David Busolo is an Associate Member





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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