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C. Nadine Wathen, PhD

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I’m an Associate Professor in the HIS and LIS Programs in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at The University of Western Ontario. I am also founding Coordinator of Western's Joint Graduate Program in Health Information Science (HIS).

My research focuses on women’s health decision-making, including developing and evaluating interventions for women and children experiencing violence; and enhancing 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. 

As Co-Principal Investigator of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-funded Preventing Violence Across the Lifespan (PreVAiL) Research Network (, I lead the KTE Theme area, which brings together PreVAiL’s 40-plus researchers with a group of over 20 national and international-level knowledge-user partners to develop and evaluate KTE strategies in the area of violence, gender and mental health.

I am also Co-Principal Investigator of the CIHR-funded research program EQUIP Healthcare: Research to Equip Primary Health Care for Equity (, which is implementing and evaluating an intervention focused on trauma and violence-informed, culturally safe care to enhance health equity among marginalized populations.

My teaching interests involve 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 LIS electives on evidence-based health care methods and searching for health-releated evidence; the role of information and information professionals in the health care system; and research methods.

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