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Priscilla Boakye

Priscilla Boakye

Assistant Professor
EducationPhD, RN
Areas of ExpertiseIssues in maternal health care; Motherhood among vulnerable populations; Ethical issues in nursing and healthcare delivery and practice; Epistemic injustice in healthcare encounters; Critical qualitative research; Women’s health; International health research collaboration

Priscilla Boakye obtained her PhD in nursing from the University of Toronto in 2020. She also holds a master's and bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Ghana and a master's in health professions education from the Suez Canal University, Egypt. Her doctoral work examined the social-moral dimension of midwifery practice in Ghana. Boakye is currently focusing on understanding the impact of systemic injustice on motherhood aspirations among vulnerable populations. Boakye previously taught in Ghana and has led a midwifery and pediatric nursing curriculum development program under the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Building in Higher Education in Ghana. Before joining Toronto Metropolitan University, Boakye worked as a public health nurse-immunizer under the Region of Peel COVID-19 mass immunization program.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • NSE 31: Community Health Nursing
  • NSE 222: Qualitative Research

Teaching Interests

  • Maternal and child health
  • Community health
  • Ethics and leadership in nursing
  • Qualitative research

Research Interests

  • Prenatal, perinatal, postnatal care
  • Mothering among vulnerable populations
  • Violence against women
  • Epistemic injustice in health interaction
  • Poverty and health inequity
  • Autonomy and decision among vulnerable populations
  • Ethical issues in health care delivery and practice

Research Projects

  • Anti-Black Racism Curriculum in Nursing, Toronto Metropolitan University University
  • Reducing the Moral Distress of Nurses during the COVID-19 Pandemic, University of Toronto

Journal Articles


In press

  • Jarvis, K., Richter, S.,  Vallianatos, H., & Boakye, P. "Not Counted Among Women": Multidisciplinary Approach to Obstetric Fistula in Northern Ghana" in "A Multidisciplinary Approach to Obstetric Fistula in Africa: Public Health, Anthropological, and Medical Perspectives". Springer Nature series
  • Doctoral Completion Award, Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, 2020
  • Mary Kathleen King Graduate Award, Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, 2017 
  • Helen Maude Carpenter Graduate Award, Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, 2015
  • Dean's Scholarship, Faculty of Nursing, 2015