Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Susan Jack

BScN (University of Alberta), PhD (McMaster)

Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Associate Member, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Core Member, Offord Centre for Child Studies

Affiliate, Canadian Centre for Evidence Based Nursing

Reproduction and Child Health New Investigator Personnel Award, Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health ,Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2007-2012)

905.525.9140 x 26383

School of Nursing
McMaster University
Faculty of Health Sciences
Health Sciences Centre, Room 2J32
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario
L8S 4K1

Office location: HSC-2J30

Academic Interests

Using predominantly qualitative and mixed methods approaches to research, Dr. Jack’s program of research focuses on community approaches and nursing interventions to identify and address family violence and processes related to knowledge transfer and exchage. She is involved in the following ongoing research projects: (1) development and evaluation of an intervention for intimate partner violence in the context of nurse home visits; (2) conduct of qualitative research by nurse-researchers with women exposed to intimate partner violence; (3) uptake and utilization of research evidence by child welfare policy makers; (4) evidence-informed decision-making in women’s health and translating research knowledge about intimate partner violence for policy and practice; (5) exploring knowledge brokering in public health; (6) parenting by women exposed to childhood maltreatment; and (7) qualitative projects within the McMaster University Violence Against Women program of research.

Selected Publications

  1. Jack, S.M., Ford-Gilboe, M., Wathen C.N., Davidov, D.M., McNaughton, D.B., Coben, J.H., Olds, D.L.,
    MacMillan, H.L. for the NFP IPV Research Team (2012). Development of a nurse home visitation intervention for intimate partner violence. BMC Health Services Research, 12: 50.
  2. Jack, S.M., Dobbins, M., Sword, W., Novotna, G., Brooks, S., Lipman E.L., & Niccols, A. (2011) Evidence-
    informed decision-making by professionals working in addiction agencies serving women: a descriptive qualitative study. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy, 6:29.
  3. Jack, S. M. (2010). A public health approach for addressing child maltreatment in Canada. Chronic Diseases in Canada, 31(1), 39-44.
  4. Jack, S. M., Dobbins, M., Tonmyr, L., Brooks, S., Dudding, P., & Kennedy, B. (2010) Research evidence
    utilization in policy development by child welfareadministrators. Child Welfare, 89(4), 83-100.
  5. Jack SM (2006). The utility of qualitative research findings in evidence-based public health practice. Public Health Nursing, 23(3), 278-284.
  6. Jack SM,Sangster-Bouck LM, Beynon C, Ciliska D, & Lewis M (2005). Marketing a hard-to-swallow message: Recommendations for the design of media campaigns to increase awareness about the risks of binge drinking. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 96(3), 189-193.
  7. Jack SM, DiCenso A, & Lohfeld L (2005). Vulnerable families’ participation in home visits: A theory of maternal engagement with public health nurses and family visitors. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 49(2), 182-190.
  8. Jack SM, DiCenso A, & Lohfeld L (2002). Opening doors: Factors influencing the establishment of a working relationship between paraprofessional home visitors and at-risk families. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 34(4), 59-69.

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