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Nadine Wathen - University of Western Ontario. London, ON, CA

Nadine Wathen

Professor | University of Western Ontario

London, ON, CANADA

Nadine Wathen is committed to developing and mobilizing knowledge to improve the lives of women and children exposed to family violence.





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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 an affiliate appointment in Western’s Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research.  I am the founding director of Western's Joint Graduate Program in Health Information Science (HIS).

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. I take a collaborative research approach to answer – both theoretically and at a more practical level – important questions in the area of women’s health, especially violence against women and children and health equity.

My research develops and evaluates interventions for women and children experiencing violence, and seeks to enhance the science of knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) to ensure that new knowledge emerging from research is made available, in appropriate ways, to health decision-makers including policy-makers, health care 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 on YouTube:

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.

Industry Expertise (6)


Health and Wellness

Health Care - Providers

Health Care - Services

Information Services

Public Policy

Areas of Expertise (6)

health information

Knowledge Mobilization

violence against women/gender-based violence

Child Maltreatment

Domestic Violence

domestic violence in the workplace

Accomplishments (5)

Member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada (professional)

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.

Research Achievements (professional)

I have been privileged to work with excellent colleagues and research teams, and with them have received over $24M in research funding (~$9.5M as principal or co-principal investigator) and have authored over 200 scholarly products, including over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles.  These are summarized in my CV, with more details available at

Awards and Teaching Recognition (professional)

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). From 2013 to 2016, I was named to the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Honour Roll.

CIHR New Investigator Award (professional)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)/Ontario Women’s Health Council 5-year Fellowship

CIHR Post-doctoral Fellowship (professional)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Ontario Women’s Health Council 2-year Fellowship

Education (4)

McMaster University: Post-doctoral Fellowship, Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences 2005

University of Western Ontario: PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), Information & Media Studies 2004

Dissertation title: "The Pause in Menopause? What Informs Women’s Decisions to Discontinue Hormone Replacement Therapy?"

University of Western Ontario: MA (Master of Arts), Psychology (Experimental) 1992

Dalhousie University: BA (Bachelor of Arts), Psychology (Experimental) 1990

Affiliations (2)

  • Research Scholar Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children
  • Affiliate Faculty Department of Women's Studies & Feminist Research (Western)

Languages (1)

  • English

Media Appearances (5)

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Workers and Workplaces

Parliament Hill Press Conference  tv


With the Canadian Labour Congress, we released results of the groundbreaking Domestic Violence at Work Survey, on which I was lead researcher. Events took place on Parliament Hill and in London, Ontario. See the CLC's link (above) for more information.

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Ontario Shelter Research Project Releases Results

CTV News (London)  tv


Press conference and media interviews for Ontario Shelter Research Project.

Ontario Shelter Research Project Releases Results

CBC  radio


Press conference and media interviews for release of Ontario Shelter Research Project results.

Intimate Partner Violence Screening Trial Results

A Channel News (London)  tv

Media interviews for the IPV Screening Trial paper published in JAMA, August 2009.

Intimate Partner Violence Screening Trial Results

London Free Press  print

Media interviews for the IPV Screening Trial paper published in JAMA, August 2009.

Research Grants (1)

See CV for details of research grants received


Grants as Principal or co-Principal Investigator = $9,600,545; as Co-Investigator/Collaborator = $15,241,953. Total Funding = $24,842,498

Partnerships (1)

see for current projects, including partnerships


All of my current projects use an integrated knowledge mobilization approach, partnering with organizations representing policy and practice in health and violence-related areas from the outset. Key partners include the Canadian Labour Congress (see, the World Health Organization (see and the 22 national professional organizations guiding the VEGA Project (see See also for more details.

Articles (1)

see CV for full list, including links to open access versions


Lifetime research producivity summary: 82 Peer-Reviewed Articles; 6 Non-Refereed Articles in Journals; 2 Edited Books; 10 Book Chapters; 95 Peer-Reviewed Presentations; 35 Invited Presentations; 17 Technical Papers & Reports. Google Scholar Metrics (Nov 16): 3975 Citations; h-index = 28; i10 index = 48 (for updates see