Professor Colleen Varcoe

Colleen Varcoe is a Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on women’s health – in particular violence and inequity; and the culture of health care with an emphasis on ethics. She aims to promote ethical practice and policy in the context of violence and inequity. Her recently completed studies include exploration of the interacting risks of violence and HIV infection for rural and Aboriginal women and rural maternity care for Aboriginal women. Colleen is currently co-leader of a longitudinal study of the effects of violence against women after women, a study examining primary health care at urban Aboriginal health clinics, and a study of Aboriginal women’s experiences of leaving abusive partners. She is also leading a study of a nurse-led intervention for Aboriginal women who have experienced violence.