Nancy Edwards
Nancy Edwards
Professor Emeritus
Distinguished University Professor

1995 Ph.D. Epidemiology, McGill University
1982 M.Sc. Design, Measurement and Evaluation, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatics McMaster University
1974 B.Sc.N. Nursing University of Windsor


Nancy Edwards was a Full Professor in the School of Nursing, University of Ottawa.  She held positions as Director of the Community Health Research Unit (1994-2009); Director of the Population Health PhD Program (2000-2002, 2015-2016); Principal Scientist, Institute of Population Health; Senior Scientist, Élisabeth Bruyère Research Institute; and Academic Consultant, City of Ottawa (Public Health Services). Nancy held a CHSRF/CIHR Chair Award in Nursing (2000-2012). She was Scientific Director for the CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health (2008-16).  She currently holds a conjoint faculty appointment at the University of Newcastle (Faculty of Education), Australia (2016-2020).

Dr. Edwards' leadership and research have been recognized with numerous awards including three honorary doctoral degrees,  honorary lifetime memberships with the Canadian Public Health Association and the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, and the Canadian Nurses' Association Centennial Award.  She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.  Dr. Edwards is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Ottawa.

Research interests

  • Multiple interventions programs in community health
  • Primary health care in developing countries
  • Fall prevention for seniors
  • Implementation science