Kellie Thiessen


Brightly smiling woman with round glasses and short wavy silver hair.
Basic Info

Associate Professor, Clinician Scientist, Director Midwifery

UBC Office phone: 604-822-7998


  • PhD, University of Manitoba (2014)
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Georgetown University (2002)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Eastern Mennonite University (1995)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Eastern Mennonite University (1995)

Dr. Kellie Thiessen is a Midwife Clinician Scientist who has an extensive clinical background in maternal/child health, she is a registered midwife and a registered nurse, and is an Associate Professor at the College of Nursing, University of Manitoba. She is also a Research Scientist at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM) and the Director of the Manitoba Midwifery Education Program. 

Dr. Thiessen was recently appointed Senior Specialist in Maternal Health and Midwifery, Institute for Global Public Health, University of Manitoba.  She has worked as a midwife in the United States, Brazilian, and Canadian health care systems and is committed to developing innovative collaborative models of midwifery practice that will increase choices for persons and their families, as well as provide comprehensive care.

Dr. Thiessen has built a strong research team that includes experts across all health care disciplines and extends to key areas of her research focus, which is health policy, including health human resource planning, health economics, and its impact on access to maternal child health services. Her primary research has focused on health service delivery interventions that will inform strategies and policies to improve delivery of maternity care health services in rural, remote and urban regions in Manitoba. These outcomes will demonstrate how to best utilize midwives to improve both perinatal and system level outcomes in the Canadian context.

Dr. Thiessen is funded provincially and by CIHR and was a recipient of the Career Development Award from the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP) from 2017-2020. 



  • Innovator Project Award, The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, $28,950 (2020)
  • Falconer Emerging Researcher Rh nominated Award University of Manitoba, $12,000 (2020)
  • Merit Award for Research, Scholarly Work & Other Creative Activities, University of Manitoba, $3,000 (2020)
  • Rising Researcher Award CHRIM/Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP) (2016)
  • Kansas State Nurses Association 2014 Research Writing Award Kansas State Nurses Association (2014)
  • Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) Community Support Program Travel Award – 2,500 (Canadian dollar) Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2014)
  • Research Writing Award, Kansas State Nurses Association (2014)
  • Rodenberg Award for Excellence in Teaching nominee, Wichita State University (2013)
  • PhD Dissertation Award – 5,000 (Canadian dollar) Manitoba Health Research Council (2 years: 2012-2014)
  • Kansas Health Care Scholarship – 800 (United States dollar) Kansas Hospital Education & Research Foundation (2012)
  • Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation Scholarship (KHERF) ($800.00) (2012)
  • Evelyn Shapiro Award for Health Services Research, MCHP ($850.00) (2012)
  • Wichita State University Leadership Academy Fellow (2011)
  • Western Regional Training Center Student Affiliate award, 5,000 (Canadian Dollar) University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (2010/2011)
  • Research Trainee with advisor, Dr. Heaman for research study: Correlates of Abuse: Secondary analysis from the 2006 Canadian Maternity Experiences Survey (2009/2010)
  • Young Alumni Award, Georgetown University Centennial Banquet (2002)
  • Student Service Award, Georgetown University- Nurse Midwifery Program, 500 USD (2002)
  • Wyeth-Ayerst Student Reporter Award, Georgetown University Nurse Midwifery Program (2002)
  • Appointed to Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society (1995)
  • International Student Exchange Scholarship to study Spanish at University of Madrid, Spain (1991)