C. Nadine Wathen, PhD

GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE × knowledge MOBILIZATION × health equity 

I am a Full Professor in the Health Information Science (HIS) Program in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies (FIMS) at The University of Western Ontario. I am a Research Scholar at the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children in Western's Faculty of Education, and hold a cross-appointment in Western's Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, and an affiliate appointment in Western’s Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research.  I also founded Western's Joint Graduate Program in Health Information Science (HIS).

In 2019 I was named Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Mobilizing Knowledge on Gender-Based Violence.

I am an inter-disciplinary researcher, with well-established and productive partnerships with scholars, clinician-scientists, and community partners from a number of academic institutions, governments, non-government organizations, and community agencies. Through a social justice lens, I take a collaborative research approach to answer – both theoretically and at a more practical level – important questions in the area of  gender-based violence and health equity.

Link to CV

My research develops and evaluates interventions for women experiencing violence, and their children, and seeks to enhance the science of knowledge mobilization (KMob) to ensure that new knowledge emerging from research is made available, in appropriate ways, to decision-makers including policy actors, health and social service providers, advocates, and members of the public. A particular focus is developing interventions that enhance health equity, and take a gendered, trauma- and violence-informed approach to providing services for people experiencing violence and/or marginalization.

You can hear me describe my research here.

My teaching focuses on educating future health information professionals and scholars. I teach courses mainly in the HIS program, including graduate courses on Interdisciplinary Issues in HIS, and Social Contexts of Health Information, as well as electives on evidence-based health care methods and searching for health-related evidence; the role of information and information professionals in the health care system; and research methods.

I’m grateful to work with many excellent people - please visit my Team page to view current staff and students, and links to research teams.

Notable Achievements

Research Accomplishments

I have been privileged to work with excellent colleagues and research teams, and with them have received over $25M in research funding (~$12M as principal or co-principal investigator) and have authored over 200 scholarly products, including over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles.  These are summarized here.

 In 2015 I was named as a Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada, with the presentation ceremony held in November 2015.

In 2019 I was named Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Mobilizing Knowledge on Gender-Based Violence.

HIS Graduate Program

With excellent support from colleagues and leaders in Western’s Faculties of Information & Media Studies and of Health Sciences, I led the development and launch of Western’s Joint Graduate Program in Health Information Science – a research-based Masters and PhD program that saw its first cohort in Fall 2011, and has since grown to a steady state of ~25-30 students.


Awards & Teaching Recognition

I was, from July 2014 to June 2016, a Western Faculty Scholar. In 2011 I received the FIMS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, an honour for which I was nominated again in 2012 (nomination declined). In 2013-2019 I was named to the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Honour Roll.