Nancy Edwards is professor emeritus in the School of Nursing at the University of Ottawa and a recipient of the university’s Distinguished Professor award. In 2016, she completed an eight-year term as scientific director of CIHR’s Institute of Population and Public Health. Edwards obtained her undergraduate nursing degree from the University of Windsor and completed graduate studies in epidemiology at McMaster University and McGill University. She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
Edwards’ clinical and research interests are in the fields of public and population health. She has conducted health services, policy and clinical research both nationally and internationally. Her research has informed the design and evaluation of complex multi-level and multi-strategy community health programs. Her work in global health has spanned four continents where she has led both development-oriented and research-focused projects.
Edwards is currently a board member for the Family Councils of Ontario and the Canadian Association of Retired Persons Ottawa Chapter.