Joanne Crawford RN, PhD, CON (C)

Associate Professor, Nursing

Joanne Crawford

Office: EA 322, Building 3
905 688 5550 x4363

Joanne Crawford, an Associate Professor of Nursing at Brock University, is an experienced practice nurse and a passionate advocate for health equity. She has many years of clinical practice experience including critical care, home care, cancer care, and public health. Joanne’s research is focused on health services research exploring beliefs and attitudes of immigrant groups in relation to access of information and cancer screening services. She has experience with conducting studies using participatory action research, scoping study and systematic review methodology, and mixed methods.

  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Population-based cancer screening
  • Health Services Access – Health Equity
  • Public health and community-based research
  • Participatory action and mixed methods designs
  • Assistant Adjunct Clinical Professor (2017-2020), School of Medicine, McMaster University
  • Canadian Nurses Association
  • Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology
  • College of Nurses in Ontario
  • Community Health Nurses’ Initiatives Group
  • Community Health Nurses of Canada
  • International Society for Nurses in Cancer Care
  • Ontario Public Health Association
  • Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario


  • 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
  • Canadian Nurses Association Certification in Oncology

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

  • Integrated Nursing Practicum I & II
  • Nursing and Health Promotion
  • Health Assessment I (In class; eLearning modules)
  • Diversity and Nursing
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Nursing Care of the Young Family
  • Nursing Theory: Care of the Acutely Ill Client
  • Practicum: Care of the Acutely Ill Client
  • Nursing Research
  • Professional Competencies Program, 2016 – 2017 [ Non-MD Longitudinal Co-facilitator for medical students]