Dr. Cheryl Forchuk is a Distinguished University Professor and Associate Director of Nursing Research at the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, with a cross appointment to the Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Western Ontario.

She is a Scientist and Assistant Director at Lawson Health Research Institute, London, Ontario. Dr Forchuk is also currently Group Leader, Mental Health/Health Outcomes Research.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Windsor. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto with a clinical specialty in mental health-psychiatric nursing and her Ph. D. from the college of nursing at Wayne State.

Dr. Forchuk has published on many topics in relation to mental health and mental illness, including: therapeutic relationships, transitional discharge, housing/homelessness, peer support, poverty and nursing theory. She has published a book through Sage on Peplau's interpersonal theory of nursing, and a book through Canadian Scholar’s Press on housing and homeless issues for psychiatric survivors. Her current research includes exploring issues related to poverty and social inclusion for psychiatric survivors, housing/homeless issues, the implementation of the Transitional Discharge Model for the transition from hospital to community, and the use of new technologies to improve mental health, including addiction, services.

A summary of Dr. Forchuk's work can also be found on her CV.



Degree Years University Department
Ph.D. in Nursing 1987-1992 Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan College of Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing 1978-1980 University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario Faculty of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 1972-1976 University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario Faculty of Nursing
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 1972-1976 University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario Faculty of Social Science


Honour Year
Award of Merit, Ontario Mental Health Nurses Interest Group 2002
Chatelaine's Who's Who Of Canadian Women (biographical listing) 1999-2003
Who's Who in Ontario, Ontario Genealogical Society (biographical listing) 1995-1999
Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award, Iota Omicron Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing 1995
Honorary Member, Nightingale Society, Carmel California, U.S.A 1992
Health Research Personnel Development Fellowship, Ministry of Health, Ontario, Canada 1990-1992
Baxter Fellowship in Nursing Science, Canadian Nurses Foundation 1990
President's Award for Outstanding Voluntary Commitment, Brant Ethnoculturefest 1989
Outstanding Young Citizen Award. Presented by Brantford Jaycees 1988
University of Toronto Open Fellowships 1978-1980