Meet CRHESI: Elizabeth Nowicki

Dr. Elizabeth Nowicki is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, and holds a long-standing career in the education sector, including membership to the Ontario College of Teachers. She holds a doctorate in psychology and a master’s in educational psychology and special education — with research interests drawn from educational, developmental, and social psychology. Dr. Nowicki was awarded a Faculty of Education Graduate Teaching Excellence award (2015–2016). She has an extensive history in supervision and advisory roles, having mentored many students at the graduate level. Her teaching focuses on research methods and theories of education, as well as on exceptional children, the psychosocial aspects of schooling, and psycho-educational assessment.

Meet CRHESI: Margaret Ann Wilkinson

Dr. Margaret Ann Wilkinson has had an illustrious career with multiple appointments in the Faculty of Law, the Richard Ivey School of Business, and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS) at Western University. Among the over-15 awards recognizing her work, Dr. Wilkinson is recipient of Western’s Faculty Scholar Award for her achievements in teaching and research and, in 2012, the  Ontario Library Association Les Fowlie Intellectual Freedom Award “for her tireless effort in advocating for the principles of balance, user rights and fair dealing on behalf of the Canadian Library community.” Dr. Wilkinson has served as Graduate Director (Law) and Graduate Chair (FIMS). She has held doctoral supervisory status since 1997, supporting the work of graduate students in Law, Health Information Science, and Library and Information Science. In addition, her teaching and publication activities have focused on areas such as biomedical imaging, intellectual property rights, and pharmaceutical- and other health-business regulation and her teaching has extended to the Ivey School of Business MBA Health-Sector stream. Dr. Wilkinson has produced multiple casebooks and co-authored several cases for publication through the Ivey School of Business. She is an author or Canadian Intellectual Property: Cases and Materials (Emond Montgomery), has authored19 chapters in books or symposia and over 30 journal articles, and has presented at over 150 conferences, workshops and professional meetings.

Meet CRHESI: Nicole Dalmer

Nicole Dalmer (BSc, MLIS) is a fourth year PhD Candidate in the Library and Information Science program at The Western University of Western Ontario. Her SSHRC-funded doctoral research examines the often-invisible information work done by family caregivers of older adults. She is particularly interested in examining the intersection of information work and caring work; exploring the information related work needed to care for an aging family member and the degree to which this work is recognized in aging in place policy and discourse. Nicole aims to draw attention to the work involved in seeking, sharing and understanding information needed to provide care, information that is often scattered and fragmented across organizations and services. Wearing her other research hat, she also studies and advocates for the development of more responsive public library services for aging populations. Please be in touch through email ( or Twitter (@ndalmer).

Meet CRHESI: Debbie Rudman

Debbie Laliberte Rudman is Associate Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University. Debbie carries out equity-oriented, collaborative research that works with marginalized collectives and community organizations to optimize opportunities for participation. Her work enhances understanding of how social, economic, gendered and other contextual factors lead to situations of inequity in relation to health, social inclusion, and occupation (the range of activities people need and want to do). Debbie’s research has examined social, health and occupational inequities in relation to: retirement and later life work; aging with disabilities; post-secondary education and First Nations youth; barriers to successful integration for immigrants; and precarious employment and long-term employment.  She aims to provoke awareness of inequities and highlight alternative ways stakeholders can re-shape contextual features — such as policies and institutional practices — to promote equity and social inclusion.

Meet CRHESI: Abe Oudshoorn

Abe Oudshoorn is Assistant Professor in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at Western University, the Department of Psychiatry Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and Associate Scientist with Lawson Health Research Institute.  Having worked as a nurse with people experiencing homelessness, Abe’s research focuses on health, homelessness, housing policy, and poverty. Outside of the University, Abe has the privilege of chairing the London Homeless Coalition, is a board member with the United Way of London & Middlesex, and sits on the Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Poverty.