- Loyer-DaSilva Research Chair in Community and Public Health Nursing
- Co-Director, Center for Research on Health & Nursing (CRHN)
Wendy Gifford, PhD, RN, () is Full Professor at University of Ottawa Faculty of Health Sciences School of Nursing, Loyer-DaSilva Research Chair in Community and Public Health Nursing, and Co-Director of the Center for Research on Health & Nursing (CRHN: ).
Her program of research focuses on promoting health equity with disadvantaged and marginalized groups, with a particular focus working with First Nations, Inuit, and Metis for culturally safe health care. She recognizes that healthcare is founded on systemic settler racism that continues to disenfranchise and marginalize Indigenous Peoples today, which has increasingly situated her research within critical decolonizing methodologies and approaches.
She has received generous funding from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). Her current CIHR funded projects are in partnership with Indigenous communities in Ontario and Nunavut and organizations providing health care to homeless and street communities in Ottawa.
Prior to academia, she worked in rural and remote First Nations communities in the Yukon Territory.