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Adjunct Professor Bukola Salami
University of Calgary

Dr. Bukola Salami is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Her research program focuses on policies and practices shaping migrants’ health. She has been involved in ~50 funded research projects and is/was the lead on 20 of these projects with funding from national and international agencies. She has led research projects on African immigrant child health, immigrant mental health, access to healthcare for immigrant children, African immigrant youth mental health, migration of nurses as live-in caregivers, experience of temporary foreign workers in Alberta, downward occupational mobility of immigrant nurses, and parenting practices of African immigrants. Dr. Salami has published over 55 scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals (with another 15 under review), 2 book chapters, and 8 reports. She represents the University of Alberta on the steering committee of the Worldwide Universities Network Global Africa Group. She founded and leads an African migrant child research network of around 30 scholars from four continents. She is involved in several community volunteer initiatives including serving as a public member on the Council of the Alberta College of Social Workers. She has a solid track record of training students. She has trained over 30 students, many of whom have received awards, including a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and an International Development Research Center Doctoral Award. Dr. Salami has received several awards for research excellence and community engagement: 100 Accomplished Black Women in Canada; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Emerging Nurse Researcher of the Year Award; College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) Award for Nursing Excellence; and Alberta Avenue Edmonton Top 40 under 40. She has recently been selected as a recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, the highest research award in nursing.

Selected Publications

Santana de Sousa, P. R, Kennedy, K., Ani-Amponsah, M., Gommaa, H., Kwankye, S., Devakumar, D., & Salami, B. (2020). Regional Brief: COVID 19, Migration and Children in West Africa. Lancet Migration. Available at

Salami, B., Iwuagwu, S., Amodu, O., Tulli, M., Ndikom, C., Gommaa, H., Lavin, T., & Kariwo, M. (2020). The health of internally displaced children in Sub-Saharan Africa: A scoping review. British Medical Journal Global Health, 5(8), doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2020-002584

Amodu, O., Richter, S., & Salami, B. (2020). Reproductive Healthcare for Women in IDP Camps in Nigeria: An Analysis of Structural Gaps. Global Public Health.

Hirani, S., Richter, S., & Salami, B. (2020). Humanitarian Aid and Breastfeeding Practices of Displaced Mothers: A Qualitative Study in Disaster Relief Camps. Eastern Mediterranean Journal. Available at

Alaazi, D., Ahola, A., Okeke-Ihejirika, P., Yohani, S., Vallianatos, H., Salami, B. (2020). Immigrants and the Western media: A critical discourse analysis of newspaper framings of African immigrant parenting in Canada. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2020.1798746

Okeke-Ihejirika, P., Oriola, T., Salami, B., Obiefune, M., Nwene, E., Olutola, D., Irinoye, O. (2020). Beyond poverty idée fixe: Interrogating the experiences of internally displaced persons in Nigeria. Third World Quarterly. DOI 10.1080/01436597.2020.1782732

Fernandez, H., Salma, J., Márquez-Vargas, P. M., Salami, B. (2020). Left-behind Women in the Context of Transnational Migration: A Scoping Review. Journal of Transcultural Nursing.

Salami, B., Mason, A., Salma, J., Yohani, S., Amin, M., Okeke-Ihejirika, P., & Ladha, T. (2020). Access to healthcare for immigrant children in Canada. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17(9), 3320; DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17093320

Hilario, C., Salami, B., & Wong, J. (2020). Service provider perspectives on the mental health and well-being of newcomer young men in Canada. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 19.

Giwa, O., Salami, B., O’Rourke, T. (2020). A scoping review on nurse practitioner roles in immigrant health. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 16(6), 428-432.

Salma, J., Jones, A., Ali, S., Salami, B. & Yamamoto, S., (2020). A qualitative exploration of immigrant Muslim older adults’ experiences and perceptions of physical activity. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. DOI: 10.1123/japa.2019-0297.

Amodu, O., Richter, S., Salami, B. (2020). A scoping review of the health of conflict-induced internally displaced women in Africa. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17(4), 1280;

Tulli, M., Salami, B., Begashaw, L., Meherali, S., Yohani, S., & Hegadoren, K. (2020). Immigrant children in Canada: Mothers’ perspectives on barriers to mental health care. Journal of Transcultural Nursing.

Salami, B., Alaazi, D., Yohani, S., Vallianatos, H., Okeke-Ihejirika, P., Ayalew, T., & Nsaliwa, C. (2020). Parent-child relationship among African immigrant families in Alberta, Canada. Family Relations.

Salma, J. & Salami, B. (2020). “We Are Like Any Other People, but We Don’t Cry Much Because Nobody Listens”: The Need to Strengthen Aging Policies and Service Provision for Minorities in Canada. Gerontologist, 60(2), 279-290. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnz184. [Epub ahead of print]

Salami, B., Alaazi, A., Okeke-Ihejirika, P., Yohani, S., Vallianatos, H. (2020 – Epub). Parenting Challenges of African Immigrants in Alberta, Canada. Child and Family Social Work, 25(S1), 126-134. DOI: 10.1111/cfs.12725

Salma, J., & Salami, B. (2020). “Growing old is not for the weak of heart”: Social isolation and loneliness in Muslim immigrant older adults in Canada. Health and Social Care in the Community, 28(2), 615-623. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12894.

Thompson, J., Fairbrother, H., Spencer, G., Curtis, P., Fouche, C., Hoare, K., Hogan, D., O’Riordan, J., Salami, B., Smith, M., Taylor, B., & Whitakker, V. (epub, 2019). Promoting the health of children and young people who migrate: reflections from four regional reviews. Global Health Promotion. DOI: 10.1177/1757975919888452.

Salma, J., & Salami, B. (Summer, 2019). Healthy Aging in Edmonton’s Muslim Immigrants Communities. AlbertaRN, 75(2), 37-38.

Dahlan, R., Ghazal, E., Saltaji, H., Salami, B. & Amin, M. (2019). Impact of social support on oral health among immigrants and ethnic minorities: A Systematic Review. Plos One, 14(6):e0218678. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0218678.

Okeke-Ihejirika, P., Salami, B., & Ahmad, K. (2019). African immigrant women’s transition and integration into Canadian society: expectations, stressors, and tensions. Gender, Place and Culture, 26(4), 581-601.

Okeke-Ihejirika, P., Salami, B., & Amodu, O. (2019). Exploring Intimate Partner Violence from the Perspective of African Men: A Meta-Synthesis. Aggression and Violent Behaviour, 46, 98-108.

Salami, B., Salma, J., Hegadoren, K., Meherali, S., Kolawole, T., & Diaz, E. (2019). Sense of community belonging among immigrants: Perspective of immigrant service providers. Public Health, 167, 28 – 33. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2018.10.017

Hirani, S., Richter, S., Salami, B., & Vallianatos, H. (2019). Breastfeeding in disaster relief camps: An integrative review of literature. Advances in Nursing Science, 42(2), E1-E12. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000231

Salami, B., Salma, J., & Hegadoren, K. (2019). Access and Utilization of Mental Health Services for Immigrants and Refugees: Perspectives of Immigrant Service Providers in Canada. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 28(1), 152-161.

Alaazi, D., Salami, B., Yohani, S., Vallianatos, H., Okeke-Ihejirika, P., Nsaliwa, C. (2018). Transnationalism, parenting, and child disciplinary practices of African immigrants in Alberta, Canada. Child Abuse and Neglect, 86, 147 – 157. DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.09.013.

Okeke-Ihejirika, P., & Salami, B. (2018). Men become baby dolls and women become lions: African immigrant men’s challenges with transition and integration. Canadian Ethnic Studies, 50(3), 91-110.

Amodu, O., Salami, B., & Richter, S. M. (2018). Obstetric fistula policy in Nigeria: A critical discourse analysis. BMC Pregnancy and Birth, 18, 269.

Okeke-Ihejirika, P., Salami, B., Ahmad, K. (2018). African immigrant women’s experience in host societies: A scoping review. Journal of Gender Studies, 27(4), 428-444. DOI: 10.1080/09589236.2016.1229175

Salami, B., Yaskina, M., Hegadoren, K., Diaz, E., Meherali, S., Rammohan, A., & Ben-Shlomo, Y. (2017). Migration and social determinants of mental health: Results from the Canadian Health Measures Survey. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 108(4), 362-367. doi: 10.17269/CJPH.108.6105

Salami, B., Hirani, S., Meherali, S., Amodu, O., & Chambers, T. (2017). Parenting practices of African immigrants in destination countries: A qualitative research synthesis. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 36, 30-40. DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2017.04.016

Diaz, E., Ortiz-Barreda, G. O., Ben-Shlomo, Y., Holdsworth, M., Salami, B., Rammohan, A., Chung, R. Y., Padmadas, S. S., & Krafft, T. (2017). Interventions to improve immigrant health: A scoping review. European Journal of Public Health, 27(3), 433-439. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckx001.

Amodu, O., Salami, B., & Richter, S. M. (2017). Obstetric fistula and socio-cultural practices in Hausa community of northern Nigeria. Women and Birth Journal, 30(5), e258-e263. DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2017.02.009


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