Dr. Nancy Clark

Dr. Nancy Clark
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing


Office: A426

I am an alumna of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia and Intersections in Mental Health  and Addiction Research Training. My research is informed by social justice, intersectionality and equity oriented health and social policy. My clinical practice area focuses on community mental health and integration of social determinants of health of structurally vulnerable groups, including immigrant women and other groups affected by displacement.

Within the school of Nursing, I serve on the research and scholarship committee and the PhD committee. At the university, I also serve as a representative of the faculty on the Academic Advisory Committee on Equity and Diversity University of Victoria.


My research is in the field of mental health; I believe that health status is not separable from broader social, economic and political processes. I situate my scholarship within critical theoretical approaches and am interested in indigenous epistemology and standpoint methods. These approaches give voice to dominant narratives, which potentially reinforce inequities in health. In my doctoral work, I conducted extensive ethnographic field research and applied a standpoint feminist approached in knowledge production. Standpoint methods in particular constructs knowledge from the standpoint of women and their everyday lives and experiences. This approach helps build relational approaches to research and can bring women’s voices forward, particularly women that are subjugated from knowledge production.

I am interested in innovative theoretical approaches such as intersectionality which seek to disrupt racism, classism, ableism, sexism and which further perpetuate social exclusion, discrimination and poverty. It is my strong belief that research, which seeks to understand these complex intersections, will promote excellence in mental health policy and practice.


My extensive clinical experiences in the field of mental health and addiction as well as my community development work and advocacy are brought into my teaching forums including curriculum development and classroom interactions. I am particularly committed to scholarship with collaborates with community partners and fosters relationships with various community service organizations by linking these services with education of undergraduate students. For example, I have collaborated with Vancouver’s Downtown Community Court to facilitate students’ participation and knowledge of the social determinants of mental health through student orientation and seminars and participation in the judicial system. As an approach to participatory learning, I feel passionate about creating an emancipatory learning environment that fosters critical dialogue and reflection.


  • Clark, N., & Saleh, N. (2019). Applying Critical Race Feminism and Intersectionality to Narrative Inquiry: A Point of Resistance for Muslim Nurses Donning Hijab--Advances in Nursing Science forthcoming March 2019
  • Clark, N., & Vissandjée Bilkis (2019).Chapter 28:Exploring Intersectionality as a Policy Tool for Gender Based Policy Analysis: Implications for Language and Health Literacy as Key Determinants of Integration. In Hankivsky, Olena, Jordan-Zachery, Julia S. (Eds.) The Palgrave handbook of Intersectionality in Public Policy.The Politics of Intersectionality.http://doi.org/10.1007/978-319-98473-5_28

  • Hills, M., Clark, N. & Carroll, S. (2018). Chapter 18: Nurses Leading Change: A Relational Emancipatory Framework for Health and Social Action. In P.S. Yoder-Wise and L.G. Grant (Eds.). Toronto, Ont.: Elsevier. “Leading and Managing in Canadian Nursing”, Aug, 2018 [In Press].

  • Nancy Clark, (2018) "Exploring community capacity: Karen refugee women’s mental health", International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, Vol. 11 Issue: 4, pp.244-256, https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHRH-02-2018-0025

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  • O’Mahony, J. & Clark, N. (2018) Immigrant women and Perinatal Mental Health Care: Findings from an Environmental Scan. Manuscript in review Issues in Mental Health Nursing. Manuscript in review.(UMHN 2018-0047). February 24, 2018.

  • Reid, C., Clark, N. Alonso, M., & Landy, A. (2018) The Lived Experience of Recovery: The Role of Health Work in Addressing the Social Determinants of Mental Health. Manuscript in review to Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, (CJCMH) February 19, 2018.

  • Clark, N., Handlovsky, I., & Sinclair, D. (2015). Using Reflexivity to Achieve Transdisciplinarity in Nursing and Social Work (Chapter 9). In L. Greaves, N. Poole, and E. Boyle (Eds.). Transforming Addiction: Gender, Trauma, Transdisciplinarity (pp.120-136). London: Routledge.

  • Mills, S., Pumarino, J., Clark, N., et al (2014). Understanding how self-management interventions work for disadvantaged populations living with chronic conditions: protocol for a realist synthesis. BMJ Open, 4:7 e005822: DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-00522

  • Sadler, L., & Clark, N. (2014). Building community capacity to support Karen refugee youth in schools. In M. McCabe & C. Brewer (Eds.), Immigrant and Refugee Students in Canada. (pp.183-201). Edmonton, AB: Brush Education Inc.

  • Smith, S., Clark, N., Grabovac, A., Inlakesh E., & Taylor, D. (2013). Engaging Mental Health Services in Spirituality Conversations: A Spirituality Poster and Café Spirituality. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 32(2), 59-65.

  • Pesut, B., Clark, N., V. Maxwell, E. Michalak (2010). Religion and spirituality in the context of bipolar disorder: A literature review. Mental Health, Religion & Culture. DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2010.523890

  • Grabovac, A., Clark, N. & McKenna, M. (2008). The interface between spirituality, religion and psychiatry: Pilot course and evaluation of course effectiveness. Academic Psychiatry, 32(4).

  • Grabovac, A., & Clark, N. (2007). The interface between spirituality, religion & psychiatry. In J.D. Pappas, W. Smythe, & A. Baydala (Eds.), Cultural healing and belief systems (pp. 162-192). Calgary, AB: Detselig Enterprises.

  • Chiu, L., Morrow, M., Ganesan, S. & Clark, N. (2005).  Choice of South East Asian immigrant women with serious mental illness: A socio-spiritual process. Journal of Transcultural Psychiatry, 42(4), 630-656.


Recent Projects

  • Mills  Sue., Lacaille, Diane., Koehn Sharon., Clark, Nancy., Davis, Connie., Flores Perez Guillermina.

  • Canadian Initiative for Outcomes in Rheumatology Care (CIORA) Grant-Awareness, Advocacy and Education .Understanding the barriers to self-management support for underserved populations living with arthritis and co-morbidities and developing patient-derived tools for health care policy and practice. Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

  • Evin Jones, Clark, Nancy, Jennifer, Duddy, Janice, Steager Tabitha., Pauly, Bernie, Worthington, Making It Work: Supporting Community Approaches to Integrated Service Models for People Living with HIV, HCV, Ill Mental Health, and/or Problematic Substance Use. Catalyst Grant.Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

  • Evin Jones, Clark, Nancy, Jennifer, Duddy, Janice, Steager Tabitha., Pauly, Bernie, Worthington,Making It Work: Supporting Indigenous Community Approaches to Integrated Service Models for People Living with HIV, HCV, Ill Mental Health, and/or Problematic Substance Use.Operating Grant. Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

  • O’Mahony, Joyce, Clark, Nancy. Supporting emotional well-being and access to health care of Syrian mothers: A collaboration amongst community stakeholders, researchers and research users. Funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

Completed Projects:

  • Mills, Sue, Koehn, Sharon, Blakeman, Tom., Dennis, Sara, Davis, S., Clark, Nancy, Fong, Maylene. Realist Synthesis of Self-management Interventions for Disadvantaged Populations with Chronic Conditions. (CIHR knowledge synthesis grant)

  • Farrales Lynn ., Clark, Nancy. Health Literacy and Self-Management Strategies of Government Assisted Refugees in Primary Care (seed grant) UBC.

  • Mills , Sue, Goldsmith L.,. Greaves, Lorraine, Ponic, P., Young, L., Pederson, Anne. Exploring Differential Impacts of Chronic Condition Self-Management Policies and Interventions on Disadvantaged Populations in British Columbia: A Health Equity Assessment. Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

  • O’Mahony Joyce, Clark, Nancy. Reproductive Mental Health Care Experiences of Immigrant Women in Rural Areas of British Columbia. Internal Funding Thompson Rivers University.