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Wanda Martin RN, BScN, MN, PhD Associate Professor

E4220 Health Sciences, Saskatoon


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.

Research Interests

  • Public health systems research
  • Food security
  • Health equity
  • Complex adaptive systems


  • Situational Analysis
  • Grounded Theory
  • Mixed-methods


Pauly, B., Martin, W., Perkin, K., van Roode, T., Kwan, A., Patterson, T., ... MacDonald, M. (2018). Critical consideration for the practical utility of health equity tools: a concept mapping study. International Journal for Equity in Health, 17(1), 48. https://equityhealthj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12939-018-0764-6.

Martin, W., & Vold, L. (2018). Building capacity through urban agriculture: report on the askîy project. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada, 38(1), 29-35.

Martin, W., Wharf Higgins, J., Pauly, B. (B)., & MacDonald, M. (2017). Layers of Translation: Evidence Literacy and Public Health, A Secondary Analysis. BMC Public Health, 17(1), 803. http://rdcu.be/wGBg.

Martin, W., Pauly, B., & MacDonald, M. (2016). Situational analysis for complex systems: methodological development in public health research. AIMS Public Health, 3(1), 100-115.

Martin, W., & Perkin, K. (2016). Food Safety and Food Security: Mapping Relationships. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 6(2), 1-12.

Cullen, T., Hatch, J., Martin, W., Wharf-Higgins, J., & Sheppard, R. (2015). Food Literacy: Definition and Framework for Action. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 76(3), 1-6.

Andree, P., Chapman, D., Hawkins, L., Kneen, K., Muehlberger, C., Martin, W., ... Stronik, M. (2014). Building Effective Relationships for Community-Engaged Scholarship in Canadian Food Studies. Canadian Food Studies, 1(1), 27-53.

Pauly, B., MacDonald, M., Hancock, T., Martin, W., & Perkin, K. (2013). Reducing health inequities: the contribution of core public health services in BC. BMC Public Health, 13.

Chapter in Book, Peer Reviewed

Martin, W., Mundel, E., & Rideout, K. (2016). Finding Balance: Food Safety, Food Security, and Public Health. In C. Anderson, J. Brady, & C. Levkoe. (Eds.), Conversations in Food Studies: Working the Edges (pp. 230-261). University of Manitoba Press.


Engler-Stringer R (Principal Investigator), Martin W (Co-investigator), Muhajarine N (Co-investigator), Vatanparast H (Co-investigator), Black J (Co-investigator), Gilliland J (Co-investigator), Kirk S (Co-investigator), Wittman H (Co-investigator). Improving School Food: Universal Integrated Healthy Lunch Intervention Research, College of Medicine / Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic / Office of the President / University of Saskatchewan. Total: $30,000.00 for 2018-05 to 2019-04

Engler-Stringer R (Principal Investigator), Martin W (Co-investigator), Farnese P (Co-investigator), Loring P (Co-investigator), Kryzanowski J (Collaborator). Indigenous Food in the City: Knowledge Dissemination and Exchange, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Total: $37,608.00 for 2018-03-28 to 2019-03-27

Martin W (Principal Investigator), Engler-Stringer R (Co-investigator). Ruffled feathers: Case study on urban hens in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Urban hen keeping is increasing in popularity, yet many groups struggle to have this accepted practice, facing unsubstantiated claims of potential problems. The purpose of this research is to understand those claims and the desire to have hens, identifying places to intervene for change. Specifically, we ask why there is a problem with introducing urban hens in backyards of Saskatoon neighbourhoods. We will explore the system of regulations and operations, and the drivers of supporting and opposing forces. President’s SSHRC Insight Grant. Total: $6,991.00 for 2017-05-01 to 2018-04-30

Engler-Stringer R (Principal Investigator), Muhajarine N (Co-investigator), Vatanparast H (Co-investigator), Martin W (Co-investigator). Good Food for Learning: An Examination of the Current State of School Food in the Saskatoon Region., This project will measure the dietary quality of school lunches. College of Medicine (COMRAD). Total: $30,000.00 for 2016-05 to 2017-05

Martin W (Principal Investigator), Engler-Stringer R (Co-investigator), Petrucka P (Co-investigator), Micheels E (Co-investigator), Wood G (Co-investigator), Davidson D (Co-investigator), Enns G (Collaborator). Concept Mapping to Improve Health through Urban Agriculture, Collaborative Innovation Development Grant to create an urban agriculture action plan for Saskatoon Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. Total: $39,000.00 for 2016-05 to 2017-04

Pauly B (Co-principal Investigator), MacDonald M (Co-principal Investigator), Hancock T (Co-principal Investigator), Martin W (Co-investigator), George A (Co-investigator), Hayes M (Co-investigator), Marcellus L (Co-investigator), Ostry A (Co-investigator), Wharf Higgins J (Co-investigator), O'briain W (Collaborator). Reducing Health Inequities: The contribution of Core Public Health Programs in BC, Operating Grant: Programmatic Grants in Health and Health Equity Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Total: $2,000,000.00 for 2011-04 to 2016-04

Hancock T (Principal Investigator), Geggie L (Co-principal Investigator), Martin W (Co-investigator), Joan W (Co-investigator). Development Grant – Food Literacy PAR Project, Working with community members to develop ways to increase food literacy in Victoria, BC Vancouver Foundation. Total: $10,000.00 for 2013 to 2014