C. Nadine Wathen, PhD

Nadine Wathen

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Mobilizing Knowledge on Gender-Based Violence

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Curriculum Vitae
Research Website


  • PhD (University of Western Ontario)
  • MA (University of Western Ontario)
  • BA (Dalhousie University)

Graduate Program Supervision

Research In Profile

Professor Wathen's research examines the health and social service sector response to gender-based violence, interventions to reduce health inequities, and the science of knowledge mobilization. A particular focus is developing person-centred interventions that enhance health equity, and take a gendered, trauma- and violence-informed approach to providing services for those experiencing violence and/or marginalization. She is deeply committed to a partnership approach to research and knowledge sharing and has led a number of federally funded research initiatives, and international research and knowledge mobilization networks. She has over 100 publications in health care, health and public policy and information science journals and three edited collections. See www.nadinewathen.ca.

Featured Publications and Projects


  • Wathen, C.N., Varcoe, C.M. (Eds). (Forthcoming). Implementing Trauma- and Violence-Informed Care: A Handbook for Health & Social Services. University of Toronto Press. Title of the book. Publisher.

Recent Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Wathen, C.N. (in press). Mobilizing knowledge for complex social problems: Lessons learned from gender-based violence research. The Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research, Volume 11: Mobilizing Justice.
  • Wathen, C.N., *Burd, C., MacGregor, J. C. D., *Veenendaal, J., *McLean, I., Mantler, T., & The Violence Against Women Services in a Pandemic Research Team (accepted). “We’re So Limited with What We Actually Can Do if We Follow All the Rules”: A Qualitative Study of the Impact of COVID-19 Public Health Protocols on Violence Against Women Services. BMC Public Health.
  • Wathen, C.N., *Schmitt, B., MacGregor, J.C.D. (2021). Measuring trauma- (and violence-) informed care: A scoping review. Trauma, Violence & Abuse. Online first (open access): https://doi.org/10.1177/15248380211029399

Visit Google Scholar for a comprehensive list of publications.

Current Grants and Research Projects

  • Wathen, C.N., Canas, E. (co-PIs), Mantler, T., Rodger, S., Ford-Gilboe, M., Smye, V. Violence Against Women Services in a Pandemic: Mobilizing Research to Effect Change. SSHRC Connections Grant. $30,347 (2020-2021). https://gtvincubator.uwo.ca/vawservicespandemic/ 
  • Wathen, C.N. (PI), Ford-Gilboe, M., Rodger, S., Mantler, T., Rodger, J., Trudell, A.L. (Co-PIs). Violence Against Women Services: What Can COVID-19 Teach Us, and Are We Willing to Learn? Research Western Catalyst Grant – Surviving Pandemics (internal). $48,363 (2020-2021). https://gtvincubator.uwo.ca/vawservicespandemic/ 
  • Ford-Gilboe, M., Varcoe, C., Scott-Storey, K., Browne, A., Wathen, C.N., et al. An Evidenced-Based Health Promotion Intervention (iHEAL) for Women Experiencing IPV: Implementation in Diverse Contexts, Evaluation and Scale-Up. Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). $2,019,821 (2022-2025). [Co-Investigator and KMb Lead] Wathen, C.N. & Jack, S.M. (co-PIs). Development of a TVIC Curriculum for in Public Health Nursing Home Visitation. Ontario Ministry of Health (sub-grant to Western from McMaster, $15,000; 2021-22).
  • Varcoe, C., Browne, A., Bungay, V., Wathen, C.N (co-PIs). Pathways to Care for People Who Use Drugs: Equipping Health Care to Tackle Stigma, Discrimination and Inequity, Public Health Agency of Canada. RFP: Supporting Pathways to Care for People Who Use Drugs. $794,612 (2020-2022). https://equiphealthcare.ca 

Graduate Student Projects

Organizational Implementation of Trauma and Violence Informed Care

  • Javan, Tanaz. 2015-2022, PhD, Health Information Science

Expertise, Mediation, and Technological Surrogacy: A Mixed Method Critical Analysis of a Point of Care Evidence Resource

  • Berg, Selinda. 2008- 2018. PhD, Library & Information Science

Working with Youth as Stakeholders in Mental Health System Transformation: An Institutional Ethnography of a Service Organization

  • Canas, Eugenia. 2013-2019. PhD, Health Information Science

Trauma- and Violence-Informed Care (TVIC) Workshop Evaluation (Interview Phase).

  • Beyrem, Sandy. 2018-2022. MHIS, Health Information Science.

Fostering a Trauma- and Violence-Informed Community: Developing Strategies to Inform Public Education Content.

  • Carswell, Jessica. 2018-2020. MHIS, Health Information Science.

The Clinic Narrative: A Multiple Case Study of Integrated Knowledge Translation and Equity-Oriented Primary Health Care.

  • Garinger, Christine. 2013-2014. MHIS, Health Information Science.

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

Additional Information

Academic Appointments and Research Affiliations

  • Academic Director, Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion
  • Gender, Trauma and Violence Knowledge Incubator @ Western (founder & convener)
  • Research Scholar, Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children
  • Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children, Faculty of Education
  • Cross-appointments: Health Information Science, Faculty of Information & Media Studies; & Faculty of Education, Western University
  • Affiliate appointment: Department of Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies, Western University


  • Canada Research Chair in Mobilizing Knowledge on Gender-Based Violence, SSHRC, Tier 1 (2019-26)
  • Member, College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, Royal Society of Canada (2015-22)
  • Western Faculty Scholar, Faculty of Information & Media Studies, UWO (2014-16)
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty of Information & Media Studies, UWO (2011)
  • New Investigator Award - Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) (Open Competition) & CIHR/Ontario Women’s Health Council (5-year salary award, 2007-2012)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship – CIHR Open Competition & CIHR/Ontario Women’s Health Council (2-year salary award; 2004-06)

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Board of Directors, London InterCommunity Health Centre (2018-2021)
  • Member, Board of Directors, London InterCommunity Health Centre (2014-18)
  • Member, Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International (2010-ongoing)