Nancy is Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Professor at the University of Ottawa, Canada, with over forty years of experience in public health. She was a Full Professor at the School of Nursing, University of Ottawa (2001-2018). From 2008-2016, she was Scientific Director, Institute of Population and Public Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She was the Inaugural Director (2000-02) and Interim Director (2015-16) of the Interdisciplinary Population Health PhD Program at the University of Ottawa. Nancy held a CHSRF/CIHR Nursing Chair in Multiple Interventions in Community Health Nursing (2000-12).
Her clinical and research interests are in the fields of public and population health nationally and internationally. Her research has informed the design and evaluation of complex multi-level and multi-strategy community health programs. She has studied a wide range of health issues including injury prevention, obesity, tobacco cessation, maternal and child health, physical activity, and HIV/AIDS. Her work in global health has spanned four continents. Nancy has contributed to over 200 peer-reviewed publications and 120 technical publications and presented over 440 conference papers.