Dr. Shannan MacNevin, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Shannan MacNevin joined the Faculty of Nursing in 2018 after completing her PhD in Nursing at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Shannan completed her BSc in Nursing and BSc in Human Nutrition degrees from St. Francis Xavier University. Her research program is focused on strengthening nursing capacity to address and reduce inequities in health and health care. To understand the complexities of the social realities embedded in nursing research, she uses mixed methods research. Her PhD used critical realist case study research to explore how public health nurses engage in work to address food insecurity with other disciplines and stakeholders from a systems thinking perspective. Findings from this study identified ways to strengthen public health nurses’ engagement as a strategy to increase food security in Canada. 

She is currently involved in several other equity-related research projects. These include an international, CHIR funded project investigating infant feeding among black women living with HIV, a mixed-methods study to gain insight into the understanding of primary health care among registered nurses in Canada, a qualitative study exploring the barriers and facilitators that influence Indigenous nursing student success, and a future research project on ways nurses can support elementary school teachers to enhance health curriculum related healthy eating and physical activity in a school in Qatar.