Dr. Victoria Smye (Vicki) is faculty and the Director of the Arthur Labatt School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, at Western University (since January 1, 2017). Vicki began her academic career path as faculty at the University of Victoria (2001-2005) after over 20 years in clinical practice and prior to her current position at Western was faculty and Director, Nursing Programs at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) (2014-2016) and faculty at UBC (2005-2014). Vicki’s program of research is located at the intersections of violence, gender, poverty, mental health, substance use and Indigenous health. She has been a principal/co-principal investigator and co-investigator on numerous nationally and provincially-funded studies with a particular focus on addressing health inequity, for example, health equity research in primary health care (EQUIP-PC), research with Indigenous Men (Indigenous Men’s Health Narratives and The Dudes Club) and research focused on Indigenous Pathways to Mental Wellness (a current project entitled, Biigajiiskaan). Vicki has extensive expertise with qualitative methods and engagement with associated knowledge mobilization strategies, including photovoice and videography. She also has worked closely with several national and provincial mental health and professional organizations as a board member and/or ally over the past two decades to address racism and stigma and discrimination in health care, e.g., the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Native Mental Health Association of Canada and more recently, the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing.
Vicki also has three children and six grandchildren.