College of Nursing

Faculty & Staff

Wanda Martin -
Assistant Professor
E4324 Health Sciences, Saskatoon
(306) 966-5429(306) 966-5429
(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.


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.


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.