Nancy Edwards

RN, PhD, FCAHS, Hon LLD, Hon LittD, Hon ScD

Nancy Edwards is a writer, community health researcher, and an avid photographer. She is currently working on her memoir including experiences as a community health nurse in Sierre Leone (1978-84), and planning a book on caring for family members with dementia.

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.