Naomi Thulien


Affiliate Scientist


Please note: Dr. Thulien is not accepting any students in 2021.

Dr. Naomi Thulien is a nurse practitioner and researcher committed to tackling the social structural inequities that cause and perpetuate youth homelessness. In 2017, Dr. Thulien completed her PhD at the University of Toronto where she earned a Dean’s Medal – the highest academic honor offered by the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. While pursuing a PhD at the University of Toronto, she completed the Collaborative Doctoral Program in Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and obtained a Certificate of Advanced Methodological Training in Qualitative Research from the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research. Dr. Thulien completed postdoctoral training at MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Hwang.

In 2018, Dr. Thulien began a tenure-track appointment as an Assistant Professor at the McMaster University School of Nursing. She also maintains a part-time clinical practice with the Shelter Health Network – a collaboration of interdisciplinary healthcare providers and social services organizations in Hamilton, committed to providing primary health care to people who have no housing or are living in precarious housing situations.

Recent Publications

  1. Thulien, NS, Kozloff, N, McCay, E, Nisenbaum, R, Wang, A, Hwang, SW et al.. Evaluating the Effects of a Rent Subsidy and Mentoring Intervention for Youth Transitioning Out of Homelessness: Protocol for a Mixed Methods, Community-Based Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2019;8 (12):e15557. doi: 10.2196/15557. PubMed PMID:31859688 PubMed Central PMC6942178.
  2. Thulien, NS, Gastaldo, D, Hwang, SW, McCay, E. The elusive goal of social integration: A critical examination of the socio-economic and psychosocial consequences experienced by homeless young people who obtain housing. Can J Public Health. 2018;109 (1):89-98. doi: 10.17269/s41997-018-0029-6. PubMed PMID:29981071 PubMed Central PMC6964792.
  3. Thulien, NS. Innovative approaches to cervical cancer screening for sex trade workers: an international scoping review. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2014;36 (3):231-239. doi: 10.1016/S1701-2163(15)30631-9. PubMed PMID:24612892 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

Assistant Professor, McMaster University, School of Nursing