College of Nursing

Faculty & Staff

Angela Bowen
Associate Professor

Office: E4246 Health Sciences, Saskatoon
Phone: (306) 966-8949
Fax: (306) 966-6621
Skype: angela.bowen.usask


  • Research Interests
    • Women's & maternal mental health
  • Methodology
    • Quantitative
    • Qualitative

Angela has extensive clinical, educator, and administrator experience in Obstetrics and Mental Health. Her research focus, Maternal Mental Health, brings these areas together.

Angela has been successful as Principal Investigator on several CIHR funded projects. She was awarded a Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation New Investigator Establishment Award to evaluate the Maternal Mental Health Program that she spearheaded in Saskatoon. She received a Founders Award from the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute in recognition of her efforts to improve the lives of mothers and their children.

She is currently active in knowledge translation activities to increase awareness of maternal mental health and she is leading a the MotherFirst provincial working group that has developed policy recommendations to address gaps related to maternal mental health, including screening and treatment--

Present projects include:

  • Today’s Grandmother: Your Guide to the First Two Years. Book for release in September, 2013. See Facebook “Today’s Grandmother”.
  • Feelings in Pregnancy and Motherhood Study With funding from the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, we are now doing a follow-up study with women who were enrolled in the study and their children up to age 5.
    • If you participated in the study, please call 966-2957 or toll free 1-877-966-2957
  • MotherFirst: Maternal Mental Health Strategy
  • KidsFirst Evaluation Project
  • Intrauterine Inflammation Group Project



Bowen A. Today's Grandmother: Your Guide to the First Two Years (in Press). CreateSpace. Available in September 2013 through bookstores or

Articles and other publications

Bowen A. Baetz M, Balbuena L, Gawley L. Muhajarine N. (in press). Antenatal group therapy improves worry and depression symptoms. Israel Journal of Psychiatry.

Kramer J,* Bowen A, Stewart N & Muhajarine N. (2013). Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy: Prevalence, Severity and Relation to Psychosocial Health. MCN. The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing.38(1), 21-7.*Graduate Student.

Bowen A. Bowen R, & Muhajarine N. (2012). Are pregnant and postpartum women more moody? Understanding perinatal mood instability. J Obstet Gynaecol Can34(11), 1038-42.

Bruce L.* Beland D. Bowen A. (2012). MotherFirst: Developing a Maternal Mental Health Policy Strategy in Saskatchewan. Health Care Policy Journal, 8(2), 46-55. *Graduate Student/

Bowen A. (2012). Depression in Pregnancy. Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research. Alex C. Michalos Ed.

Muhajarine N. Ng, J. Bowen A, Cushon J, Johnson S. (2012). Understanding the Impact of the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program: A Quantitative Evaluation. Canadian Journal of Public Health.103(supp 1), S26-S31.

Bowen A, Duncan V, Peacock S, Bowen R, Campbell D, Gawley L,* & Muhajarine N. (Accepted, 2011). Mood and anxiety problems in perinatal Indigenous women in Australia, New Zealand, and North America (including Hawaii): A critical review. Transcultural Psychiatry. *Graduate Student

Mulder E, Davis A, Gawley L,* Bowen A, Einarson A. (2011). Negative Impact of Non-Evidence-Based Information Received by Women Taking Antidepressants during Pregnancy from Health Care Providers and Others. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 34(1), 66-71.*Graduate Student

Bowen, A., Bowen, R., Butt, P., Rahman, K,* & Muhajarine, N. (March, 2012). Patterns of Depression and Treatment in Pregnant and Postpartum Women. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 57(3), 161-7.*Graduate Student

Bowen, R. Bowen, A, Baetz, M, & Pierson, R. (2011). Mood Instability in Women with Premenstrual Symptoms. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 33(9), 927–934.

Gawley, L*, Einarson, A, & Bowen, A. (2011). Stigma and attitudes towards antenatal depression and antidepressant use during pregnancy in healthcare students. Advances in Health Sciences Education. DOI: 10.1007/s10459-011-9289-0 *Graduate Student

Bowen, AN & Tumback, LN. (2011). Breastfeeding and alcohol: Helping nurses dispel the myths. Nursing for Women's Health. 14(6) 454-61. DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-486X.2010.01592.x

Shah S, Bowen AN, Mistri RF, Hussain A, Nowshad G, & Muhajarine N. (March 2011). Prevalence of Antenatal Depression: Comparison between Pakistani and Canadian women Journal of Pakistani Medical Association. 242-6.

McKillop E,* Martin S, Bowen AN, & Muhajarine N. (2010). The best and worst time of my life: The lived experience and meaning of pregnancy in women with mild to moderate depression. Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. 24(3), 174-195. *Graduate Student.

Bowen A, Duncan V, Peacock S, Bowen R, Campbell D, Gawley L, & Muhajarine N. (August 2010). The State of the Literature Regarding Depression, Anxiety, and Mood Problems in Pregnant and Postpartum First Nations, Inuit, and Indigenous Women in North America (including Hawaii), Australia, and New Zealand. 77 pages. First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada.

Bowen A and MotherFirst Working Group. (September 2010). Maternal Mental Health Strategy: Building capacity in Saskatchewan. 69 pages.

Bowen A & Muhajarine N. (2010). Integrating population health promotion and prevention: A model approach to research and action for vulnerable pregnant women. Tom McIntosh, B. Jeffrey, & N. Muhajarine (Eds). In Redistributing health: New directions in population health research in Canada. CPRC Press: Regina.

Muhajarine, N. and KidsFirst Evaluation Team: Bowen, A. (2010). KidsFirst Program Evaluation- Quantitative Report. Saskatchewan Population and Research Evaluation Unit. Saskatchewan. 100 pages.

Muhajarine, N. and KidsFirst Evaluation Team: Bowen, A. (2010). KidsFirst Program Evaluation- Qualitative Report. Saskatchewan Population and Research Evaluation Unit. Saskatchewan. 88 pages.

Bowen A. (October, 2009). Maternal Mental Health in Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association Newsbulletin. 1 page.

Bowen A, Muhajarine N, Macqueen Smith F, and the Feelings in Pregnancy and Motherhood Research Team. (2010). KT in Recruitment: A novel strategy to increase study recruitment. SHERU KT Casebook.

Bowen AN. (2010). Commentary: Development of a Support Tool for Complex Decision-Making in the Provision of Rural Maternity Care. Healthcare Policy. 5(3) 97-99.

Bowen A. (2010). Assessing the woman who is pregnant. In Canadian Bates' guide to physical examination and history taking for nurses. T. Stephen, D. L. Skillen, & R. A. Day (Eds). (pp. 849-885. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

FNIHB Research Letter (2009). Antenatal Depression: An interview with Dr. Angela Bowen. 1(3). 3-4.

Bowen A, Muhajarine, N. Macqueen Smith F, and the Feelings in Pregnancy and Motherhood Research Team. (2009). Building partnerships to improve identification and treatment of antenatal and postpartum depression, in Healthier Together: The CIHR Partnerships Casebook. 2 (pp. 34-38) Ottawa: Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Nazeem Muhajarine, Gail Russell, and the KidsFirst Research Team (Darren Nickel, Fleur Macqueen Smith, Bonnie Jeffery, Angela Bowen, Tom McIntosh, Nazmi Sari (Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit); Kathyrn Green, Jody Glacken (Community Health and Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan); Gary Shepherd, Rob Gates, Wendy Moellenbeck, Murray Skulmoski (Early Childhood Development Unit, Saskatchewan Ministry of Education); David Rosenbluth (Director, Research and Evaluation Unit, Ministry of Social Services). (2009). Intervention research: partnering to evaluate an early childhood intervention in the community. CIHR Casebook. Ottawa: Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Bowen A, Stewart N, Baetz, & Muhajarine N. (2009). Antenatal depression in socially high-risk women in Canada. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 63: 414-6. doi:10.1136/jech.2008.078832

N Muhajarine, D Nickel and KidsFirst Evaluation Team (A Bowen, J Glacken, K Green, B Jeffery, F Macqueen Smith, T McIntosh, D Rosenbluth, G Russell, N Sari). (2008). KidsFirst Evaluation in Saskatchewan: A Progress Report. Health Evaluation Newsletter 10(1): 3-4.

Bowen AN, Baetz M, McKee N, & Klebaum N. (2008). Optimizing maternal mental health within a primary health care centre: A model program. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health. 72(2), 105-116.

Bowen AN, Bowen RC, Maslany GW, & Muhajarine N. (July 2008). Anxiety in a high-risk sample of pregnant women in Canada. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

Muhajarine N. Glacken J, Cammer A, Green K, KidsFirst Evaluation Team: A Bowen. (2007). KidsFirst Program Evaluation-Phase 1. Evaluation Framework. Saskatchewan Population and Research Evaluation Unit. Saskatchewan. 14 pages.

Bowen AN & Muhajarine N. (2006). Antenatal Depression. Canadian Nurse Journal. 102(9), 26-30.

Bowen AN & Muhajarine N. (2006). Prevalence of Antenatal Depression in Women Enrolled in an Outreach Program in Canada. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing. 35(4), 491-8.

Bowen RC, Baetz M, Hawkes J, & Bowen AN. (2006). Mood Variability in Anxiety Disorders. Journal of Affective Disorders. 91, 165-170.

Bowen AN & Muhajarine N. (2006). Depression in a high-risk sample of pregnant women. Abstract. Association of European Psychiatrists. Congress. Nice, France. European Psychiatry. 21, S1. S1-264.

Bowen A, Muhajarine N, & Macqueen Smith F. (2006). Study sheds light on importance of screening pregnant women for depression. Alberta Centre for Active Living. Research Update, Edmonton AB, September, Vol 13 (2).

Bowen AN. & Muhajarine N. (2006). Antenatal Depression, University of Saskatchewan, Continued Professional Learning. Online resource.

Bowen AN. (2004). Summary of Postpartum and Antenatal Depression Research for University of Saskatchewan. Perinatal Education Newsletter, Continuing Medical/Nursing Education, Saskatoon, SK, October, 8 pages.

Bowen AN & Jiricka BA. (2004). Evaluation: Nursing Practice Advisement Service. Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association (SRNA). Regina, SK, February, 72 pages.

Bowen AN. (2003). Healthy mother, healthy baby: Evaluability assessment. CUISR. Community University of Saskatchewan Institutes for Social Research. 42 pages.

Avis K, & Bowen AN. (2003). Post partum support group evaluation. CUISR. Community University of Saskatchewan Institutes for Social Research. 49 Pages.


*student of A Bowen

Bowen, A. (2012). Evaluation of Maternal Mental Health Counsellor Position. $50,000. KidsFirst, Government of Saskatchewan.

*Olson, T., Holtslander, L. Bowen, A. (2011). Mother's Milk and Mother's Tears: A phenomenological study of breastfeeding experiences in women with postpartum depression. $2,500. Canadian Association of Perinatal and Newborn Nursing.

Cowie, N, Bowen A, Premkumar, K. (2011). Development of Web-Based Annotated Video Software. Emergency Cesarean Section. $40,000. ICT Innovation Fund. University of Saskatchewan.

Bowen, AN. (2011). (Principal Applicant). Positive Maternal Mental Health. $4,000. (Maximum Award). USTEP. (University of Saskatchewan Summer Student Employment Program).

Bowen, AN. Muhajarine N, (Principal Applicants), Bowen R, & Hatton, L. (2010). Feelings in Pregnancy and Motherhood: Child and Maternal Outcomes ($140,000). Canadian Institutes of Health Research Saskatchewan/Regional Partnership Program Saskatchewan.

Bowen AN (Principal Applicant), Bowen R, Torrens D, & Muhajarine N. (2010).  Feelings in Pregnancy and Motherhood: Child and Maternal Outcomes. Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. $80,000 Renewable.

Warnock F, Bowen A, Fowler-Kerry S. & Glover, V. (2010). Clarifying measurement of perinatal comorbidity and stress regulation in mothers and infants. Meetings, Planning and Dissemination Grant. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. ($12,000).

Bowen, AN. (2010). (Principal Applicant). Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Translations and Access. $4,000. (Maximum Award). USTEP. (University of Saskatchewan Summer Student Employment Program).

Bowen AN (Principal Applicant), Duncan V, Peacock S, Muhajarine N. (2009-2010). Critical Review of the Literature Regarding Depression, Anxiety, and Mood Disorders in Pregnant and Postpartum First Nations, Inuit, and Indigenous Women in North America, Australia, and New Zealand. Public Health Agency of Canada. $19,502.

Bowen AN (Principal Applicant), Macqueen Smith F, Muhajarine N. (2009-2010). Maternal Mental Health: Increasing Awareness in Saskatchewan. CIHR KT Grant. $40,000.

Kuling S, Bowen A, Cowie N, Premkumar K. (2009). Patient Care Quality Improvement Cesarean Section Simulation Project. RUH Foundation/College of Medicine. $30,000.

Bowen AN (Principal Applicant) and The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute (2009). Maternal Mental Health: Building capacity in Saskatchewan. RBC Faculty Development Award ($50,000).

Baxter-Jones A, Arnold, C, Bailey D, Bowen AN, Chapman D, Copete M, Chilibeck P, Cooper D, Farthing J, Gomes P, Gyurcsik N, Johnston G, Johnston JD, Kontulainen S, Kim S, Lieverse A, Olszynski WP, Vantanparast H, Rodgers C, Rosenberg A. (2009-2011). Bone and Joint Imaging Research Group, ($100,000). Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation.

Muhajarine N, Bowen AN, Johnston S, Cushon J. (2009). Public Health Agency of Canada. Impact analysis of Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program ($40,000).

Bowen AN. (Principal Applicant). New Faculty Student Stipend. (2008). $15,000.

Bowen AN. (Principal Applicant), M. Baetz, N. Muhajarine, V. Ramsden. (2008-10). New Investigator Establishment Grant. Maternal Mental Health Program. Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. $80,000.

Bowen AN. (Principal Applicant). New Faculty Research Funding. (2008). $5,000. Research faculty with Dr. Vivette Glover in the Fetal Stress Unit at Imperial College, London, UK