Dr. Naomi Thulien joined the School of Nursing in November 2018 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Thulien is a nurse practitioner and researcher committed to tackling the social structural inequities that cause and perpetuate youth homelessness. Dr. Thulien completed her PhD at the University of Toronto where she earned a Dean’s Medal – the highest academic honor offered by the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. While pursuing a PhD at the University of Toronto, Dr. Thulien completed the Collaborative Doctoral Program in Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and obtained a Certificate of Advanced Methodological Training in Qualitative Research from the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research.
Dr. Thulien completed postdoctoral training at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions – a research institute at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto dedicated to addressing health inequities through scientific excellence. She maintains a part-time clinical practice at Covenant House Toronto and the Youth Wellness Centre in Hamilton.
For her doctoral work, Dr. Thulien conducted a ten-month critical ethnographic study, examining the experiences of nine homeless young people as they transitioned into market rent housing and attempted to achieve meaningful social integration. Despite appearing “successfully housed” the young people lived a precarious existence, one wrong move away from ending up homeless. Her experience conducting this research has made her an ardent advocate for finding solutions to help facilitate young people’s transition away from homelessness and to prevent homelessness from reoccurring. Dr. Thulien’s program of research focuses on testing interventions designed to improve social integration outcomes for young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. She has a keen interest in critical qualitative research and community-based participatory action research methodology.