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Vivian Puplampu, RN, PhD

Assistant Professor

Office: Saskatoon, Innovation Place, Concourse Building, Room CO 111.29
Phone: 306-664-7394


My program of research focuses on older adults’ quality of life with emphasis on their healthy aging in place in the community. I have particular interests in innovative housing options for older adults’ that support their healthy aging in place, and aging experiences of Black older adults in Canada. Other area I conduct research in is teaching and learning by examining topics such as context-based learning and Black faculty members’ experience in academia. I have methodological expertise in mixed method research and qualitative research approaches specifically focused ethnographic design. Prior to joining University of Regina, I taught as a lecturer in the School of Nursing, University of Ghana.

My clinical background is predominantly geriatric nursing where I worked as a registered nurse in long term care facilities in western Canada. I also hold a certificate in gerontological nursing.

Research Interests

  • Healthy aging in place
  • Quality of life
  • Cohousing
  • Self-management
  • Diversity
  • Older adults use of technology
  • Context-based learning

Academic Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (2015)

Master of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (2006)

Bachelor of Arts (Major Nursing; Minor Psychology), University of Ghana, Ghana (2000)

Bachelor of Arts (Major Religion; Minor Biology), Andrews University Campus, Nigeria (1996)

Certificate in Gerontological Nursing, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Canada (2019)

Selected Award

School of Nursing, University of Ghana Dean’s award to undergraduate nursing student with distinction (2000)


Older Adults’ Living Environments: Do they Promote Healthy Aging during pandemic. University of Reginal Humanities Research Institute fund, 2020-2021 ($5000). PI: Puplampu V.

The Experience of Black Faculty Members in Academia. University of Regina President’s Research Seed Grant & SSHRF Explore Grant, 2020-2021 ($5000). PI: Puplampu V. Co-PI: Luhanga F.

Nursing Students’ Experiences of Bullying During Clinical Practice. University of Regina President’s Teaching and Learning Scholars Program Award, 2017-2018 ($3970.40). PI: Luhanga F. Co-PI: Arvidson S, Puplampu V.

Equipping Professional Students to Engage with Diversity University of Regina President’s Teaching and Learning Scholars Program Award, 2017-2018 ($4000.80). PI: Oba F. Co-PI: Puplampu V, Fletcher K.


I have a combined teaching philosophy rooted in the tenets of constructivist and cognitive learning theories and pragmatism. I believe that an effective teacher is one who creates an environment where students feel safe and can create their own understanding on the topic being discussed through interaction with peers, instructor and course materials. Courses that I have taught are: CNUR 402 Health Promotion with Older Adults, Rural, and Remote Populations; CNUR 100 Practice Education: Community Partnership; CNUR 102 Foundations of Care: A Developing Professional; CNUR 107 Introduction to Health Assessment; and CNUR 209 Research Methods for Behavioural and Health Sciences.


Puplampu, V.A. (2020). Older adults and their caregivers’ self-management of COPD post COVID-19: A literature review. Australian Journal of Nursing Research AJNR-100011, 2020(3), 1-4.

Luhanga, L. F., Puplampu, V. A., Arvidson, S., & Ogunade, A. (2020). Nursing students experiences of bullying in clinical practice. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 10(3), 98-97. doi:

Puplampu, V. A., Matthews, E., Puplampu, G., Gross, M., Pathak, S., & Peters, S. (2020). The impact of cohousing on older adults’ quality of life. Canadian Journal on Aging, 39(3), 1-15. doi:

Puplampu, V. A. (2019). Forming and living in a seniors’ cohousing: The impact on older adults’ healthy aging in place. Journal of Housing for the Elderly. 34(3),1-18. doi: https: //

Puplampu, V. A. ( 2017). Nursing students’ and faculty members’ experiences of comfort during transition to context-based learning. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 14(1), 1-11. doi:10.1515/ijnes-2017-0054

Puplampu, V. A., & Ross, C. (2017). Nursing faculty and student transition to a context-
based learning curriculum. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 7(7), 54-65. doi: 10.5430/jnep.v7n7p54

Darkwah, V. A., Yamane, H., Richter, S., Caine, V., Maina, G. et al. (2012). A systematic review on the intersection of homelessness and healthcare in Canada. Journal of Nursing & Care, 1(5), 1-5.

Darkwah, V. A., Ross, C., Williams, B., & Madill, H. (2011). Undergraduate nursing students’ self-efficacy in patient education in a context-based learning program. Journal of Nursing Education, 50(10), 579-82.


Puplampu, V. A., Peters, S., & Chipanshi, M. (in press). A scoping review on the impact of cohousing on older adults’ quality of life. Journal of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association.

Puplampu, V. A., Silversides, H. P., & Phillips, K. (in press). A scoping review on older adults from Africa experiences on aging in North America. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology.