Joanne Crawford RN, PhD, CON (C)

Associate Professor, Nursing

Dr. Joanne Crawford is a registered nurse with many years of clinical practice experience in acute and critical care, home care, cancer care and prior to coming to Brock University, public health services. Dr. Crawford’s program of research emerged from public health practice centered around immigrant population’s access to information and cancer screening services. Her work is grounded in health equity and social justice, and research methodologies reflect participatory and community engagement methods. Other research interests include: (1) social inclusion of immigrant women; (2) public health and nurse’s role function and behaviours in different contexts; and (3) global health, particularly women’s health. Dr. Crawford has experience in conducting qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, and different types of review studies, such as scoping studies.

  • Public health – Immigrant health and women’s health
  • Population-based cancer screening – Chronic disease prevention & intervention
  • Participatory research methods – Psychometric instrument development/mixed methods
  • Health services research – Public health nurse and nurse role function
  • Faculty Affiliate, MA Social Justice and Equity Studies, Brock University (2019 – present)
  • Social Justice Research Institute, Brock University (2018 – present)
  • Assistant Adjunct Clinical Professor (2017 – present), School of Medicine, McMaster University
  • College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Canadian Nurses Association
  • Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology
  • Community Health Nurses of Canada
  • International Society for Nurses in Cancer Care


  • Canadian Nurses Association Certification in Oncology – 2005, 2015, 2020 (renewal)
  • Collaborative Graduate Diploma. Ontario Training Center for Health Services and Policy Research: Canadian Health Services Research Foundation – University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Oncology Nursing Curriculum Certificate – McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

Crawford, J. (2020). Cross-Cultural Development and Adaptation of a Behavioural Survey in Public Health: An Example from a Colon Cancer Screening Study with South Asians in Canada. SAGE Research Methods Cases: Medicine and Health (Collections).

Prentice, D., Moore, J., Crawford, J., Lankshear, S., Limoges, J. (2020). Collaboration among Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses: A Scoping Review of Practice Guidelines. Nursing Research and Practice, 2020, Article ID 5057084.

Crawford, J., Morfaw, F., Ahmad, F., Thabane, L., & Frisina, A. (2020). The colon cancer screening behaviours survey for South Asians: A pilot study of feasibility and psychometric evaluation. Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes, 4, 12. Doi:10.1186/s41687-0160-z

Moore, J., Prentice, D., Crawford, J., Lankshear, S., Limoges, J., Rhodes, K. (2019). Collaboration among registered nurses and practice nurses in acute care hospitals: A scoping review. Nursing Forum, 54(3), 376-385.

Crawford, J. (2018). Promouvoir le dépistage du cancer colorectal chez les populations sud-asiatiques: Stratégies pour faciliter l’accès. Revue canadienne de soins infirmiers en onco logie, 28(2), 146-148. Récupéré defrom

Crawford, J. (2018). Promoting colorectal cancer screening among South Asian populations: Strategies to promote access. Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal, 28(2), 146-148. Retrieved from

Crawford, J., Beaton, D., Ahmad, F., & Bierman, A.S. (2017). Cross-cultural survey development: The Colon Cancer Screening Behaviors Survey for South Asian populations. BMC Research Notes, 10:770.

Crawford, J., Ahmad, F., Beirman, A.S., Beaton, D. (2017). Cognitive testing of the colon cancer screening behaviours survey with South Asian immigrants in Canada. Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes, 1(7). doi:10.1186/s41687-017-0007-4

Crawford, J., Soong, T., Brudnoy, L., Thomas, T. J. (2016). Blended learning continuing education using virtual animated characters: A novel radiation therapy course for nurses. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 6(1), 124-134. doi: 10.5430/jnep.v6n1p124

 Crawford, J. (2015). ABSTACT: Colorectal cancer screening behaviours among South Asian immigrants in Canada: An exploratory mixed methods study. Abstract # 0-141, ICCN 2015 Abstract Book Manuscript Oral Sessions: Erratum. Cancer Nursing, 38(4S), page 350. S1-S106. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000304

 Crawford, J., Ahmad, F., Beaton, D., & Bierman, A.S. (2015). Colorectal cancer screening behaviours among South Asian immigrants in Canada: A qualitative study.  International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 11(2), 1-17. doi:10.1108/IJMHSC-09-2014-0037

Crawford, J., Ahmad, F., Beaton, D., & Bierman, A.S. (2015). Cancer screening behaviors among South Asian immigrants in the UK, US and Canada: A scoping study. Health and Social Care in the Community, 24(2), 123–153 (March 2016 in print). Early view 27 FEB, 2015.doi: 10.1111/hsc.12208/pdf

Crawford, J., Frisina, A., Hack, T., & Parascandalo, F. (2015). A peer health educator program for breast cancer screening promotion: Arabic, Chinese, South Asian, and Vietnamese immigrant women’s perspectives. Nursing Research and Practice, Volume 2015, ID 947245, 13 pages. doi:10.1155/2015/947245

Crawford, J., Brudnoy, L., Soong, T., Graham, T. (2013). Patient navigation in oncology nursing: An innovative blended learning model. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 44(10), 461-469. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20130903-88

Brouwers, M., Oliver, T. K., Crawford, J., Ellison, P., Evans, W. K., Gagliardi, A.,…Trudeau, M. (2009).Cancer diagnostic assessment programs: Standards for the organization of care in Ontario. Current Oncology, 16(6), 29-41. Retrieved at

  • Nursing and Health Promotion
  • Health Assessment
  • Integrated Nursing Practicum
  • Theoretical Basis of Nursing Practice & Inquiry
  • Race, Ethnicity, Indigeneity, and Social Justice
  • Professional Competencies Program [Medical School]

Toronto Colorectal Cancer Screening Project

Colorectal cancer screening: What do you think?

The Colorectal Cancer Screening Project involves research that aims to learn about the rates of screening, and beliefs and attitudes among South Asian immigrants originating from the Indian subcontinent, (i.e. India or the diaspora) in Canada.

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