Olive Wahoush is currently the Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Nursing Education Programs in the School of Nursing at McMaster University. She is also a recent graduate from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto with a PhD in Health Policy Management & Evaluation (outcomes measurement & evaluation stream). She has extensive experience in international settings in nursing practice and leadership, education and research. Dr. Wahoush’s most recent international experience was a four-month placement where she was responsible for establishing the nursing department and assisting in the opening of a new 160-bed pediatric cancer centre in Cairo, Egypt.
Primary interests for education and research are in culture and health, as well as health system performance specifically in relation to child health, immigrant and refugee health, equity, and the application of knowledge and research to practice. She also has research interests in community engagement and capacity building. Dr. Wahoush will be developing her academic research career supported by two postdoctoral fellowship awards. She is a recipient of a Lawson Post Doctoral Fellowship which commenced in January 2008 and was recently awarded a CHSRF fellowship which will start later both fellowships will be completed at the Offord Centre for Child Studies.
Currently, Prof. Wahoush is a Co-Investigator and Toronto team leader in a CIHR funded national research project on Childbearing Health and Related Service Needs of Newcomers (CHARSNN).
Volunteer work includes leadership and consultation roles with organizations interested in equity and health. They are: Wellwood, a volunteer palliative care organization in Hamilton; consulting with a reference group concerned with child health in a Toronto neighborhood with many new immigrant families; and a Perinatal Mental Health Coalition in Hamilton.
Selected recent presentations include:
2006 Reasons for delays and avoidance in mothers’ health seeking behaviours: Reports from refugee and refugee mothers living in Hamilton, Ontario. International Child Health Conference York UK.
2006 Consideration for helping students learn how to learn using problem solving exercises from years one to four of an undergraduate nursing program. International PBL Conference, Lima, Peru.