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Susan Jack


Dr. Jack conducts research on community interventions to prevent family violence and on the use of home visits by public health nurses to promote healthy child and family development. With Dr. Harriet McMillan, Dr. Jack was instrumental in introducing the Nurse-Family Partnership Home Visitation Program (NFP) to Canada. In Canada, she has led the first qualitative acceptability evaluation of the NFP, which was piloted in Hamilton in 2008. She is currently a co-principal investigator on the randomized controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate the effectiveness of the NFP compared to usual services in British Columbia, and leading the process evaluation to examine how the NFP is implemented and delivered by public health agencies in that province. In the US, Dr. Jack led the development of a nursing education program and intervention to identify and respond to low-income first-time mothers enrolled in the NFP exposed to intimate partner violence. This intervention is currently being evaluated in a U.S. multi-site RCT.

Dr. Jack also studies knowledge translation in the fields of child welfare, public health and violence against women. She currently teaches graduate-level courses in both mixed methods research and qualitative health research methods.

Featured Publications

  • Jack, S.M., Ford-Gilboe, M., Wathen C.N., Davidov, D.M., McNaughton, D.B., Coben, J.H., Olds, D.L., MacMillan, H.L. for the NFP IPV Research Team (2012). Development of a nurse home visitation intervention for intimate partner violence. BMC Health Services Research, 12: 50.
  • Jack, S.M., Dobbins, M., Sword, W., Novotna, G., Brooks, S., Lipman E.L., & Niccols, A. (2011) Evidence- informed decision-making by professionals working in addiction agencies serving women: a descriptive qualitative study. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy, 6:29.
  • Jack, S. M. (2010). A public health approach for addressing child maltreatment in Canada. Chronic Diseases in Canada, 31(1), 39-44.

Clinical and Research Interests

  • British Columbia Healthy Connections Project – the first Canadian evaluation of the NFP and its effects on prenatal, child and maternal health outcomes
  • Adapting the NFP Intimate Partner Violence nurse education program and IPV intervention and piloting the implementation of this intervention at a State level (Colorado)


  • Ph.D., McMaster University
  • BScN, University of Alberta

Research Areas

  • family violence — prevention; family consequences
  • knowledge transfer and exchange
  • community, public health and nursing interventions

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