I am a Registered Nurse, with a background in healthcare with people who are experiencing homelessness. In 2004-2005 I did a Master’s in Nursing with a focus on health promotion. My Master’s research was a critical ethnographic study of relationships in home-based palliative care, focusing on power in relationships. In 2005 I fast-tracked into the PhD in Nursing program at Western University, and studied client-provider relationships in community based care with people who are experiencing homelessness. My PhD was completed in 2011.
I am currently Associate Professor and Associate Director (Graduate Programs) at The Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University and the Arthur Labatt Family Chair in Nursing Leadership in Health Equity. I have cross appointments with Lawson Health Research Institute and the Department of Psychiatry, Western University, as well as serving as a member of the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion (CRHESI – http://crhesi.uwo.ca/). My teaching interests involve community health, mental health, global health, research methods/statistics, and advanced Nursing theory. My research interests include homelessness prevention, women’s homelessness, program evaluation, health promotion, refugee housing outcomes, critical ethnography, qualitative methods, participatory action research, poverty and health, critical theory, mental health, and others.
As of August 2020 I am the Managing Editor of the International Journal on Homeless available at ijoh.ca and co-led the founding of the journal.
In 2016 I had the privilege of being awarded the Western Humanitarian Award for my work on ending homelessness.
My personal blog is available HERE.
I also blogged regularly for a time for the Homeless Hub, which is available HERE.
I acknowledge that I live and work on traditional territories of Indigenous people. These people consist of: The Anishinaabe Peoples who consist of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatami Nations; The Haudenosaunee Peoples who include the Oneida; and The Leni-Lunaape peoples, also referred to as the Delaware or Munsee. I’d also like to recognize the First Nations within the Middlesex-London area: Chippewas of the Thames First Nation; Oneida Nation of the Thames; and Munsee-Delaware Nation. I would also like to acknowledge the many longstanding treaty relationships between Indigenous Nations and Canada. I recognize that we all have a role to play in honouring the treaties, and contributing to reconciliation.
Miigwetch, Yaw^ko, Anishiik