Victoria Smye, PhD

Victoria Smye

Associate Professor and Director

Room 3301, FNB
519 661-2111 x86986
nursingdirector@uwo.ca

Education

  • PhD (University of British Columbia)
  • MHSc (McMaster)
  • BA (Brock)
  • Nursing Diploma (Hamilton Civic Hospitals School of Nursing)

Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
  • Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University (SFU)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia (UBC)

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Yes

Research Interests

  • Inequities in access to mental health and addictions care
  • Indigenous health
  • Women and violence and, in particular, interpersonal and structural violence
  • Critical theoretical perspectives, including exploration and application of the concepts of cultural safety, relational practice, and intersectionality in nursing and health care more broadly

Additional Information

Recent Publications and Videos

Journals

  • Gross P., Efimoff, L., Patrick, L., Josewski, V., Hau, K., Smye, V. & Lambert, S. (2016). The Dudes club: A brotherhood for men’s health. Canadian Family Physician, 62(6), e311-e318.
  • Lindsay, G., Schwind, J., Papaconstantinou, E., Smye, V., & Cross, N. (2016). Autobiographical reflections on what it means to experience disruption. Reflective Practice, 17:5, 583-591, DOI: 10.1080/14623943.2016.1184635
  • Tang, S., Browne, A. J., Mussell, B., Smye, V., & Rodney, P. (2015). 'Underclassism' and access to healthcare in urban centres. Sociology of Health and Illness. doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12236
  • Wong, S., Browne, A. J., Varcoe, C., Lavoie, J., Smye, V., Fridkin, A., . . . Tu, D. (2014). Development of health equity indicators in primary health care organizations using a modified Delphi. PLoS One, 9(12), e114563. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0114563.
  • Browne, A. J., Varcoe, C. M., Wong, S. T., Smye, V. L., & Khan, K. B. (2014). Can ethnicity data collected at an organizational level be useful in addressing health and healthcare inequities? Ethnicity and Health, 19(2), 240-254. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2013.814766.
  • Browne,A. J., Varcoe,C., Wong,S., Smye,V., Lavoie,J., et al., (2012) Closing the health equity gap: evidence-based strategies for primary health care organizations. International Journal for Equity in Health, 11(59), doi:10.1186/1475-9276-11-59.
  • Wong, S. T., Browne, A. J., Varcoe, C., Lavoie, J., Smye, V., et al. (2011). Enhancing Measurement of Primary Health Care Indicators Using an Equity Lens: an Ethnographic Study. International Journal for Equity in Health, 10 (38), doi:10.1186/1475-9276-10-38.
  • Smye, V., Browne, A.J., Varcoe, C. & Josewski, V. (2011).  Harm reduction and methadone maintenance treatment: Intersections of gender, class, race and ability. Harm Reduction Journal, 8(17),  7 doi:10.1186/1477-7517-8-17.
  • Anderson, J., Pakula, B., Smye, V. Peters, V., & Schroeder, L. (2011). Strengthening aboriginal health inside a place-based learning community. Journal of Aboriginal Health, March, 42-52.

Chapters

  • Godard, L., Josewski, V., Cory, J., Abi-Jaoude, A., Halinka Malcoe, L. &  Smye V. (accepted). Disrupting Dominant Discourses: Rethinking services and systems for women with experiences of abuse. In M. Morrow and L. Halinka Malcoe (Eds.). Critical Inquiries for Social Justice in Mental Health. University of Toronto Press
  • Smye, V. (2011). Social and ethnocultural considerations (Chapter 4). In D. D’Amico, C. Barbarito, C Twomey, & N. Harder (eds.) Health & Physical Assessment in Nursing (pp. 59-72). NJ: Pearson Education.

Video/Media

  • Smye, V., Browne, A., Gross, P., Johnson, R., Littlejohn, D., Mussell, W., Varcoe, C., Josewski, V. & Azak, E. (2015.) A Thousand Words.  Produced by Jeff Topham (filmmaker). Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Role: Principal Investigator, Aboriginal Men’s Health Narratives – Reclaiming our Lives.
  • Smye, V., Browne, A., Gross, P., Johnson, R., Littlejohn, D., Mussell, W., Varcoe, C., Josewski, V. & Azak, E. (2014.) In Their Words (the Dudes Club).  Produced by Lonnie Wright (filmmaker), Three Bridges Films. Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Role: Principal Investigator, Aboriginal Men’s Health Narratives – Reclaiming our Lives. Vimeo.
  • Smye, V., Parkes, T., Salmon, A., Lipsky, N., Gloyn, S.& the BCAPOM Board. (2014). We are the Warriors - The Methadone Warriors. Produced by Lonnie Wright, Three Bridges Films. Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). DVD for Distribution. Role: Principal Investigator, The Methadone Mess.
  • Smye, V., Browne, A., Dion Stout, M., Varcoe, C., Josewski, V. (2012). From a dark room: Picturing a better world for Aboriginal women experiencing violence. Produced by Lemongrass Media. Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). DVD for Distribution. Role: Principal Investigator, Feature Length Snapshots.

Research Affiliations

  • ‘iHEAL’, a community-based program designed to meet the needs of women who have left an abusive partner
  • EQUIP, community-based research to examine the impact of the intervention to enhance staff knowledge, attitudes and practices; improve processes of care; shift organizational policies and structures; and improve selected client outcomes
  • Critical Research in Health and Health Inequity (CRiHHI) unit, UBC School of Nursing (Associate)

Teaching Areas

  • Health Policy
  • Critical Cultural Perspectives and Health, Cultural Safety
  • Indigenous Health
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Mental Health
  • Relational Practice

Awards

  • Nominated Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) President-Elect (2016)

Professional Activities

  • Board Member, Mood Disorders Society of Canada
  • Board Member, Sal‘i’shan Institute, BC
  • Advisor/Friend, First People’s Wellness Circle, formerly the Native Mental Health Association of Canada
  • Member, Nurses Network on Violence Against Women International (NNVAWI)
  • Chair or Scientific Officer, IAB (Indigenous Peoples’ Health) Peer Review Committee (CIHR)