Candice M. Waddell-Henowitch

Dr. Waddell-Henowitch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatric Nursing at Brandon University.  She holds a PhD in Community Health Science from University of Manitoba and a Masters in Psychiatric Nursing from Brandon University.  Prior to her work with Brandon University, she was a registered psychiatric nurse in Australia, New Zealand, Manitoba and remote communities in Nunavut. She was acknowledged nationally by the Canadian Alliance of Mental Illness and Mental Health with a Champion of Mental Health Award for her work in Nunavut improving community wellness through youth and community engagement. She has worked nationally and internationally on projects and collaborations focused on improving indigenous mental health and wellness, and reducing the impact of trauma.


Her research includes improving health care practice and systems through the lens of feminist, anti-racist, anti-homophobic and decolonizing approaches; and understanding the perspectives of individuals living with histories of mental illness and trauma.

She recently completed a project for her PhD  entitled Why can’t she just “get over it?” A qualitative study on the impact of sexual trauma on University and College Alumni. This trauma-informed feminist qualitative research project is focused on determining how women who experienced unwanted sexual experiences while in University or College have coped in the years following the incident.

She is also working with an amazing group of community partners and researchers, Jason Gobeil, Frank Tacan, Marti Ford, Dr. Rachel Herron and Dr. Jonathan Allan on a SSHRC funded project entitled “Connecting Indigenous men to culture through teaching, ceremony and land-based learning”. This project is learning from Indigenous men as they progress through a traditional drum building series of workshops, and includes sharing circles, photovoice, ethnographic observation and individual interviews. The research assistants involved in this project are Madeleine Kruth and Stephanie Spence.

Dr. Waddell-Henowitch is currently the coordinator of the Master of Psychiatric Nursing at Brandon University.

Dr. Waddell-Henowitch is a Full Member in the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Dr. Waddell-Henowitch is also a founding member of the Centre for Critical Studies of Rural Mental Health.