Zaida Rahaman, RN, PhD

Associate Professor, Nursing

Dr. Zaida Rahaman is a Registered Nurse, educator, and researcher. Dr. Rahaman has a diverse clinical and theoretical background, including paediatrics, children’s mental health and community liaison, family nursing, senior administration, independent health consulting, and conducting community-based research. She completed her PhD in Nursing at the University of Ottawa, specializing in community health, and Indigenous governance in healthcare. Her area of research program includes Indigenous Youth Mental Wellness, and community engagement. Dr. Rahaman has experience teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervising graduate students, and mentoring graduate students and Early Career Researchers.  

  • Population and Public Health  
  • Health and Health Education
  • Healing Arts and Holistic Wellness
  • Indigenous Health, Truth, and Reconciliation
  • Children and Youth Mental Wellness 
  • Registered Nurse, College of Nurses of Ontario 
  • Member, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario [RNAO] 
  • Member, Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing [CASN] 
  • Member, International Center for Reiki Training, Holy Fire III
  1. Rahaman, Z. (2022). ‘Investing in Life and Prosperity’: Commitment to Indigenous Youth Mental Wellness within Northern Canadian Communities. [Poster]19th European Symposium on Suicide & Suicidal Behaviour. Copenhagen, Denmark. 
  2. Rahaman, Z. (Virtual, 2021). ‘Duty to Consult’: Bringing Light to Darkness in Northern Canadian Indigenous Communities. [Poster] 2021 Virtual Conference: International Summit on Suicide Research. International Academy of Suicide Research. Hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
  3. Rahaman, Z. (Virtual, 2021). ‘I am a personhood’: Strengthening sense of self through storytelling for Indigenous youth. [Oral Presentation]. 2021 International Philosophy of Nursing Conference. Institute of Health and Care Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.  
  4. Rahaman, Z. (Virtual, 2020). Valuing Community Knowledge and Insights: Building Capacity in Indigenous Youth Mental Wellness. [Oral Presentation]. Indigenous Health Conference. Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.
  5. Rahaman, Z. (2019). Indigenous Youth Mental Wellness: Fostering Relationships in Community-based Public Health Interventions. [Oral Presentation]. 23rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion. Rotorua, New Zealand. 
  6. Rahaman, Z. (2019). Urban Sexual Health Promotion Capacity Building in Indigenous Gender and Wellness. [Round Table Discussion]. 23rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion. Rotorua, New Zealand. 
  7. Rahaman, Z. (2018). Strengthening Cultural Diversity Awareness in Undergraduate Nursing Studies: Building Capacity in Understanding Indigenous Research Paradigms. 2018 Atlantic Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Research Conference, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. 
  8. Rahaman, Z. (2018). Building Community Capacity Locally: An Indigenous Youth Mental Wellness Public Engagement Project. Aboriginal Health Symposium, St. John’s, Newfoundland. 
  9. Rahaman, Z. (2018). Fostering Opportunities to Decolonize and Indigenize Academic Programs and Courses within the Nursing Curriculum. Nursing Education and Research Council Symposium, St. John’s, Newfoundland.
  10. Rahaman, Z. (2017). Strengthening Indigenous Knowledge in Nursing Education: Learning Lessons from Community Health Nurses. 12th Community Health Nurses of Canada Annual Conference, Niagara Falls, Ontario. 
  11. Rahaman, Z. (2017). Building Reconciliation in Atlantic Canada: Indigenizing Pathways in Nursing Education. 15th World Congress on Public Health, Melbourne, Australia.
  12. Rahaman, Z. (2016). Advancing nursing roles: Bridging a gap in health services delivery for Aboriginal persons within rural, remote, and Northern First Nations communities. 11th National Community Health Nurses Conference, St. John’s, Newfoundland.
  13. Rahaman, Z., Holmes, D., & Chartrand, L. (2016). An Opportunity for Healing and Holistic Care: Exploring the Roles of Healthcare Professionals Working within Northern Canadian Aboriginal Communities. Journal of Holistic Nursing, Sage Journals.   



  • Nursing Pathophysiology   
  • Trends and Issues in Professional Nursing              
  • Leadership and Management    
  • Nursing Research       


  • Mental Health  
  • Integrated Clinical Practicums I & II  


  • Theoretical Basis of Nursing Practice & Inquiry   
  • Master Level Usui Holy Fire III Reiki System of Healing (Master Class & Level III)  
  • Holy Fire III Reiki Levels I & II  
  • Yin Yoga Certification (30 Hours)  
  • Learning from the Earth: Supporting Wellness through Connection to the Land. (Certification). Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC) Training Accreditation.   
  • Mental Health First Aid Adults Who Interact with Youth (14 hours) Certificate  
  • Intercultural Awareness and Working with Children and Youth Workshop Certificate  
  • Gender and Sexual Violence Advanced Support Certificate   
  • Gender and Sexual Violence Leadership Retreat Certificate  

Dr. Rahaman has experience in creating and developing workshops focusing on self-care, creative writing, and poetic storytelling. She also has experience consulting within the areas of cultural safety and awareness, and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-racism policy supports development.