College of Nursing

Faculty & Staff

Wanda Martin
Assistant Professor

Office: E4324 Health Sciences, Saskatoon
Phone: (306) 966-5429
Fax: (306) 966-6621


  • Research Interests
    • Public health systems research
    • Food security
    • Health equity
    • Complex adaptive systems
  • Methodology
    • Situational Analysis
    • Grounded Theory
    • Mixed-methods

I joined the College of Nursing in 2014 after completing my Ph.D. at the University of Victoria where I also received my undergraduate education (BScN, 2001). My Masters of Nursing degree (MN, 2004) was under the direction of Dr. Lesley Degner at the University of Manitoba and funded by the Clinical Research Nurse Award, through the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program of the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. I completed a quantitative study entitled “Perceived Risks and Surveillance Practices of Women with a Family History of Breast Cancer” while working on a second study on the perceptions of taking tamoxifen. My passion for nursing research took me back to the University of Victoria to work with Dr. Kelli Stajduhar on various palliative care research projects.

I was drawn to work on my Ph.D. through the opportunity to work with Dr. Marjorie MacDonald in public health nursing research. My Canadian Institutes of Health Research funded dissertation used situational analysis and concept mapping to look at the way food safety regulations impact food security initiatives, from a complexity science perspective. I have a keen interest in systems thinking and the use of novel methodologies to approach public health problems. I am interested in applied food system research with community partners.

I have taught nursing research, community health nursing, and data analysis to undergraduate nursing students. I primarily do qualitative research, with some mixed-methods. My professional practice has solely been in nursing research. I am an avid foodie who is passionate about creating a healthy lifestyle and growing food while supporting local, small-scale farmers who engage in ecologically sound practice.


Peer Reviewed Publications:

Cullen, T., Hatch, J., Martin, W., Sheppard, R. & Wharf Higgins, J. (2014). Food Literacy: Definition and Framework for Action. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Andree, P. Chapman, D., Hawkins, L., Kneen, K., Muehlberger, C., Nelson, C., Pigott,K., Qaderi-Attayi, W., Scott, S., Martin, W. & Stroink, M. (2014). Building Effective Relationships for Community-Engaged Scholarship in Canadian Food Studies. Canadian Food Studies, 1(1), 27-53.

Pauly, B., McDonald, M., Hancock, T., Martin, W., & Perkin, K. (2013). Reducing health inequities: the contribution of core public health services in BC. BMC Public Health, 13:550. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-550 "Highly Accessed" designation.

Stajduhar, K.I., Martin, W., & Cairns, M. (2010). What Makes Grief Difficult? Perspectives from Bereaved Family Caregivers and Health Care Providers of Advanced Cancer Patients. Palliative & Supportive Care, 8(4), 227-289.

Stajduhar, K.I., Nickel, D.D., Martin, W., & Funk, L. (2008). Situated/being situated: Client and co-worker roles of family caregivers in hospice palliative care. Social Science & Medicine, 67(11),1789-1797

Stajduhar, K.I., Martin, W., Barwich, D., & Fyles, G. (2008). Factors influencing family caregivers' ability to cope with providing end of life cancer care at home. Cancer Nursing, 31(1), 1-9.

Martin, W., Grey, M., Webber, T., Robinson, L., Hartt, N., Cairns, M., & Stajduhar, K. (2007). Balancing dual roles in end-of-life research. Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal, 17(3), 141-147.

Martin, W. & Degner, L. (2006). Perception of risk and surveillance practices for women with a family history of breast cancer. Cancer Nursing, 29(3), 227-235.

McKay, A., Martin, W. & Latosinsky, S. (2005). How should we inform women at higher risk of breast cancer about tamoxifen? An approach with a decision guide. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 94, 153-159.

Martin, W. & Lobchuk, M. (2003). Breast Cancer Risk Perception and Surveillance: An Integrative Review [Electronic version]. Online Journal of Knowledge Synthesis, 10, May 28, Document Number 2.

Book Chapters:

Schreiber, R. & Martin, W. (2013). New directions in grounded theory. In C.T. Beck (Ed.), Routledge International Handbook of Qualitative Nursing Research. (pp. 183-199).

Non-Refereed Papers:

Martin, W. (2012). Nursing your community garden. Canadian Nurse, 108(3), 10.

Martin, W. On Behalf of the CANO Research Committee (2006). Highlighting nurses’ contribution to patient care: Examining nurse-sensitive outcomes. Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal, 16(2), 74-76.

Papers Presented:

MacDonald, M., Martin, W. & Carroll, S. (abstract submitted, Feb 2015). Integrating Theories of Health Equity with Complexity Science and Systems Thinking. Paper presented at the World Congress on Public Health, Kolkata, India.

Martin, W. (August, 2014). Mapping Food Safety and Food Security. Paper presented at the 5th Biennial Conference of the International Association for Ecology & Health, Montreal, Que.

Martin, W. (May, 2014). Food Gone Foul. Pecha Kucha presentation to the Canadian Association for Food Studies Conference, St. Catherine’s, ON

Perkin, K., Pauly, B., MacDonald, M., Martin, W., Hancock, T., O’Briain, W., Wallace, B., & Tong, S. (May 2014). Enhancing Capacity in the Assessment and Application of Health Equity Tools. Paper accepted for oral presentation at Public Health 2014, Annual Conference of the Canadian Public Health Association, May 26-29, 2014.

Martin, W., Pauly, B., MacDonald, M., Hancock, T., O’Briain W., Perkin, K., and Lowen, C. (November, 2013). Reducing Health Inequities: Innovative Public Health approaches to Promote Health Equity. Paper presented to the IDC Northern Research Days and 12th Conference of the Canadian Rural Health Research Society, Prince George, BC.

Martin, W. (November, 2013). Food Gone Foul: Balancing Food Safety and Food Security. Paper presented to the IDC Northern Research Days and 12th Conference of the Canadian Rural Health Research Society, Prince George, BC.

Perkin, K., MacDonald, M., Martin, W., Pauly, B., Hancock, T., O’Briain W. and Wallace, B. (November, 2013). Social Network Analysis: Measuring intersectoral collaboration in public health. Workshop presented to the Public Health Association of BC, Vancouver, BC.

Martin, W. (November, 2013). Food Gone Foul (Fowl). Paper presented to the Public Health Association of BC 2013 Conference, Vancouver, BC.

MacDonald, M., Pauly, B., Martin, W., Valaitis, R. (October 2013). Using Policy-Relevant Qualitative Methods for Studying Complex Population Health Interventions. 19th Qualitative Health Research Conference, Halifax, NS.

Carroll, S., MacDonald, M. & Martin, W. (2013, August). A metanarrative review of the application of complexity science and systems thinking in health promotion and public health research. Paper presented to the International Union for Health Promotion and Education World Conference, Pattaya, Thailand.


MacDonald, M., Martin, W., & Carroll, S. (2014). Ethics and Complexity in Public Health: Knowledge Synthesis. Contract Funded by Public Health Agency of Canada. $10,000

Pauly, B., MacDonald, M., Hancock, T. & O’Briain, W. Co-Investigators: Bruce, T., Drasic, L., Jackson, B., Lee, V., Pennock, M., Storbakken, L., Wheeler, R., Carroll, S., George, A., Hayes, M., Marcellus, L., Martin, W., Ostry, A., & Wharf-Higgins, J. (2011-2016). Reducing Health Inequities: The Contribution of Core Public Health Services in BC. Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research. $2,000,000

Hancock, T., Geggie, L., Warf-Higgins, J., & Martin, W. (2013). Development Grant - Food Literacy PAR Project. Funded by Vancouver Foundation. $10,000

MacDonald, M., Jackson, B., Best, A., Bruce, E., Carroll, S., Hancock, T., Martin, W., & Riley, B (2011-2012). The relevance of complexity concepts and systems thinking to public and population health intervention research: A metanarrative synthesis. CIHR Knowledge Synthesis Grant $100,000.