Abe Oudshoorn, PhD

Associate Professor

Room 2304, FNB
519 661-2111 x86042
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ORCID: 0000-0003-0277-8724


  • BScN, PhD (Western University)

Graduate Program Supervision

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Nursing PhD

Research In Profile

Abe Oudshoorn is an 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. Professor Oudshoorn holds 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). Teaching interests include community health, mental health, global health, research methods/statistics, and advanced Nursing theory. His research interests include homelessness prevention, intersectional understandings of homelessness, homelessness globally, program evaluation, health promotion, refugee housing outcomes, critical ethnography, qualitative methods, participatory action research, poverty and health, critical theory, mental health, and others. Professor Oudshoorn’s research informs health and social systems and builds health equity to support housing stability for vulnerable populations. He is also the Managing Editor of the International Journal on Homeless available at ijoh.ca and co-led the founding of the journal.

Featured Publications and Projects

Chapters and Entries in Books and Dictionaries

  • Oudshoorn, A. & Smye, V.L. (2020). Substance use and community health nursing. In L.L. Stamler, L. Yiu, A. Dosani., Etowa, J., & van Daalen-Smith, C., (Eds.). Community Health
  • Oudshoorn, A. & Justrabo, J. (2020). Structural violence in the lives of youth experiencing homelessness. In H. Berman, Richardson, C., Brake, M., & Elliott, K. (Eds.) Everyday violence in the lives of youth in Canada: Speaking out and pushing back. Fernwood Press

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Adu, J., Oudshoorn, A., Van Berkum, A., Pervez, R., Norman, R., Canad, E., Virdee, M., Yosieph, L. & MacDougall, A. (In Press). System transformation to enhance transitional age youth mental health- A scoping review. Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
  • Carrillo Beck, R., Oudshoorn, A., Szlapinski, J., Pacheco, N., Sabri Laghaei, S., Isard, R., & Marshall, C.A. (2022). Violence and victimization in the lives of persons experiencing homelessness who use methamphetamine: A scoping review. Health and Social Care in the Community. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13716
  • Rabiah-Mohammed, F., Hamilton, L., Oudshoorn, A., Bakhash, M.Z., Tarraf, R., Arnout, E., Brown, C., Benbow, S., Elnihum, S., El Hazzouri, M., Esses, V., Theriault, L. (2022). Syrian Refugees’ Experiences of the Pandemic in Canada: Barriers to Integration and Just Solutions. Studies in Social Justice, 6(1), 9-32.
  • Oudshoorn, A., Smith-Carrier, T., Hall, J., Forchuk, C., Caxaj, S., Befus, D., Ndayisenga, J.P., & Parsons, C. (2021). Understanding the principle of consumer choice in delivering Housing First. Housing Studies, 39(3). Doi:10.1080/02673037.2021.1912713
  • Oudshoorn, A., Forchuk, C., Hall, J., Smith-Carrier, T., & Van Berkum, A. (2018). An evaluation of a Housing First program for chronically homeless women. Journal of Social Inclusion, 9(2), 34-50.

Visit Google Scholar for a comprehensive list of publications.

Current Grants and Research Projects

  • Principal Investigator. Designing Canada’s Long-term Affordable Housing Approach, funded by SSHRC Partnership Development
  • Principal Investigator. EQUIP Housing: Enacting Culturally Safe Housing Stability for Indigenous Youth Finding Home, funded by Making the Shift- National Centre of Excellence
  • Principal Investigator. Settlement in the Midst of a Pandemic, funded by SSHRC Partnership Engage
  • Principal Investigator. Making Permanent Supportive Housing Work for Vulnerable Populations, funded by CMHC- NHS Research and Planning Fund
  • Co-investigator. Developing a Measure of Thriving Following Homelessness, funded by Western Strategic Support for CIHR Access-Accelerator
  • Co-investigator. Supporting the Transition of Persons with mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder Following Homelessness funded by CIHR- Project
  • Co-investigator. The MINDS of London-Middlesex: A Community Working Collectively for Youth Mental Health and Well-being, funded by Ontario Trillium Foundation- Seed

Graduate Student Projects

Trauma and Violence-Informed Practices to Care for Syrian Refugee Women in Ontario: A Critical Ethnography

  • Al-Hamad, Areej (2022). PhD- FHS, Nursing

Critical Policy Analysis of Supervised Consumption Sites

  • Ezukuse, Vanisa (2021).MSc- FHS, Health & Rehabilitation Sciences

The Discursive Construction of Substance Use and Harm Reduction in Canadian Health Policy.

  • Kusdemir, Sibel (2021). MScN- FHS, Nursing.

“Healthcare Heroes” – The Change in Perception of Nurses’ Roles During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Critical Discourse Analysis

  • Jones, Stephanie (2021). MScN- FHS, Nursing

Developing Competencies for Public Policy Advocacy: A Comparative Case Analysis

  • Lewis, Amy (2020). MScN- FHS, Nursing

Visit Scholarship@Western for a list of completed student theses and dissertations published in the repository.

Additional Information

Academic Appointments and Research Affiliations

  • Associate Professor (Tenured), School of Nursing, Western University
  • Arthur Labatt Family Chair in Nursing Leadership and Health Equity, School of Nursing, Western University
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Western University
  • Associate Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute


Professional Activities

  • Member, Advisory Council, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
  • Member, Action Research Network of the Americas, Health Care ARC
  • Partner, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Iota Omicron Chapter
  • Member, London Homeless Coalition
  • Member, London Community Foundation Housing Action Committee