Kate WeaverKathryn Weaver, BN, MN, PhD

Contact information

Kathryn Weaver
Phone: (506) 458-7648
Fax: (506) 453-4519

Education summary:

  • BN, Dalhousie University
  • MN, University of New Brunswick
  • Diploma in University Teaching, UNB
  • PhD (Nursing) University of Alberta
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships through (a) Strategic Training in Health Research, CIHR EQUIPP Program, International Institute for Qualitative Methodology and (b) Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, University of Alberta

Key area(s) of interest/expertise:

Eating disorders             Concept analysis
Ethical sensitivity Feminist grounded theory
Recovery Mixed methods research
Women’s health Narrative research
Psychotherapy Integrative review
Mental health nursing Qualitative content analysis
Metaphor Peer pedagogy
Video-based research

    Classroom/clinical teaching summary

    Psychiatric-Mental Health nursing; Eating Disorder content; Health Assessment; Wellness and
    Nursing; Nursing as a Profession; Qualitative Methods; Ethical Foundations of Applied Health
    Research;Theoretical Foundations of Nursing.

    Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, Independent Practice, Advanced Practice, Community

Research, grants & publications summary

•    Toward a Culture of Reflective Practice in Student Clinical Placements. ARCASN Research Award to K. Weaver & D. Bulman. July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016.
•    CIHR Summer Studentship Research Training Grants. 2015, 2013, 2011.    
•    Ethical Leadership of Nurse Educators. University Research Fund Competition Series, 2014.
•    Development of on-line training resources in eating disorder care. IWK Community Development Grant, 2012.
•    Secrecy, Social Support, and Risk Taking Behaviours among University Students New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, 2012-2013    .
•    Allied Health Professionals Experiences in Eating Disorder Care. ARCASN Research Grant, August 2011 – July 2012.    
•    Social Support and University Students with Eating Issues, Harrison McCain Foundation, 2010.
•    Hallowed Be Thy Name: Family Perspectives, UNB Research Series, 2009.
•    Assessing University Students Seeking Help for Eating issues 2008 Harrison-McCain Foundation, 2008.
•    Family Perspectives of Eating Disorders Conference, Mindcare, Inc., NB, 2007.
•    Family Perspectives of Eating Disorders: Parents’ Stories, UNB Research Series 45-1, 2006.
•    Observational, narrative, and video approaches to data collection and analysis. AHFMR Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2006.
•    Voices of Peril and Pain: Analysis of Eating Disorder Narrative, AHFMR, Killam Small Research Grant to Spiers, Weaver & Martin-McDonald, 2006.
•    Mixed-methods. CIHR Strategic Training in Health Research EQUIPP Program, 2005.
•    Analysis of the Concept of Ethical Sensitivity in Professional Practice, ARCASN, 2004-2005.
•    Ethical Sensitivity. CIHR Strategic Training in Health Research EQUIPP Program, 2004


  • Weaver, K., Martin-McDonald, K. & Spiers, J. (accepted). Lost alongside my daughter with anorexia nervosa. Journal of Nursing and Health Care, 5(3), pdf.
  • Richardson, S., & Weaver, K. Ethical analysis of vaccinate or mask policies. Clinical Ethics.
  • Weaver, K. (2015). Peer-led teaching and support to reduce eating disorders on campus. In Proceedings of the 2014 AAU Teaching Showcase, XVIII, 78-92. http://www.atlanticuniversities.ca/sites/default/files/documents/AAUTeachingShowcaseProceedings/2014Proceedings.pdf           
  • Weaver, K. (2015). Metaphorical inquiry in the “Cirque du Soleil” of teaching graduate nurses. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, 9 (2), 1-12.
  • Leger, J., Letourneau, N., & Weaver, K. (2015). Gaining perspective: Peer mentors’ experiences with an intervention project for mothers with postpartum depression. Clinical Nursing Studies, 3(1), 29-36. DOI: 10.5430/cns.v3n1p29
  • Dayal, H., Weaver, K., & Domene, J. (2015). From shame to shame resilience: the experiences of counsellors in training with eating issues. Qualitative Health Research, 25(2) 153–167. DOI: 10.1177/1049732314551988
  • Weaver, K. (2015). Feeding and eating disorders. Chapter 25. In W. Austin, & M. A. Boyd, Psychiatric nursing for Canadian practice (3rd ed., pp. 523-571). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  •    Weaver, K. (2014). Mental health assessment. Chapter 6. In C. Jarvis, A. J. Browne, J. Mac-Donald-Jenkins, & M. Luctkar-Flude (eds.) Physical Examination & Health Assessment (eds.) Canadian, (2nd ed., pp 82-106). Toronto: Saunders Elsevier.
  • Weaver, K. (2014). Nutrition. Chapter 42. In P. Potter, A. Perry, J. Ross-Kerr, & M. Wood (eds.) Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing, (5th ed., pp. 1050-1111). Toronto: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Weaver, K. (2014). Nursing Ethics. In Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering, 2nd Edition (ESTE-2), Charles Scribner's Sons & Gale Cengage Learning, Macmillan Reference USA: Farmington Hills, MI
  • Furlong, D., Harris, B., & Weaver, K. (2014). Gaining clinical wisdom from adversity: Nurse leaders’ ethical conflict and resilience experiences. Journal of Nursing and Health Care, 1(2), 22-27. DOI: 10.5176/2345-718X_1.2.30
  • MacCarvill, R., & Weaver, K. (2014). Primary care of female adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and disordered eating behavior, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70(9), 2005–2018.  DOI: 10.1111/jan.12384 PMID: 24628439
  • Spiers, J.A., Paul, P., Jennings, D., & Weaver, K. (2012). Strategies for engaging undergraduate nursing students in reading and using qualitative research.  The Qualitative Report, 17, Article 48, 1-22. http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/QR17/spiers.pdf
  • Weaver, K. (2012). Loving her into well-being one day at a time: Parents’ narratives of caring for daughters with eating disorders. Open Journal of Nursing, 2, 406-419. DOI: 10.4236/ojn.2012.24059
    • Weaver, K., Martin-McDonald, K. & Spiers, J. (2012). Mirroring voices of mother, daughter and therapist in Anorexia Nervosa [43 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung /Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 13(3), Art. 6, http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs120363
  • Weaver, K., & Pye, K. M. (2010). It’s not about food! Peer facilitation for university Students seeking help with eating issues. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
  • Weaver, K. (2010). Transforming metaphors: Engaging the authentic self in nursing education. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 4(12), 1-12.
  • Weaver, K. (2010) Women’s recovering from anorexia nervosa. ISBN 978-3-639-23970-6 Paperback (204 pages) Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Aktiengesellschaft & Co.
  • Weaver, K. with Howell, G. (2010). Nutrition. Chapter 43. In P. Potter, A. Perry, J. Ross-Kerr, & M. Wood (eds.) Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing, (Revised 4th ed., pp. 1043-1096). Toronto: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Weaver, K. (2010). Eating disorders. In W. Austin, & M. A. Boyd, Psychiatric and mental health nursing for Canadian practice (2nd ed., pp. 488-533). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Weaver, K. (2010). Nutrition (Chapter 43). In G. Ochs, J. Lamar, L. Turchin, J. C.- Ross-Kerr, & M. J. Wood. Study guide and skills performance checklists to Potter and Perry’s Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing, (261-271, 4th ed.). Toronto: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Weaver, K. (2009). Nutrition. Chapter 43. In P. Potter, A. Perry, J. Ross-Kerr, & M. Wood (eds.) Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing, (4th ed., pp. 1043-1072). Toronto: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Weaver, K. & Curtis, D. (2009) Guidebook to through true eyes: Recovery from eating disorders. (18 pages) Vancouver: Moving Images.
  • Weaver, K. & Mitcham, C. (2008). Nursing concept analysis in North America: state of the art. Nursing Philosophy 9(3), 180-94. doi:10.1111/j.1466-769X.2008.00359.x.PMID:18582294.
  • Weaver, K. Morse, J., & Mitcham, C. (2008). Ethical sensitivity in professional practice: concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 62(5), 607-618
  • Weaver, K. (2008).  Review: Dietary restriction, with or without aerobic exercise, promotes weight loss in postpartum women [Commentary]. Evidence-Based Nursing,11(1), 14
  • Weaver, K. (2008) Eating disorders. In W. Austin, & M. A. Boyd, Psychiatric nursing for Canadian practice (pp. 463-496). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Weaver, K. (2007). Review: Comparison of the Atkins, Zone, Ornish, and LEARN diets for change in weight and related risk factors among overweight premenopausal women: the A TO Z Weight Loss Study: a randomized trial [Commentary]. Evidence-Based Nursing, 10, 111.
  • Weaver, K. (2007). Ethical sensitivity: State of knowledge and needs for further research. Nursing Ethics, 14(2), 141-155.
  • Weaver, K. (2007). Anorexia nervosa: A perspective for parents. In S. Thornton, Facing the sunshine: A young woman’s emergence from the shadows of sexual abuse and anorexia. (pp. 167-171). New York: Soaring Wings Press.
  • Weaver, K. & Morse, J. M. (2006) Asking analytical questions to analyze the concept of ethical sensitivity. Research & Theory in Nursing Practice, 20(3) 191-214.
  • Weaver, K. & Olson, J. K. (2006). Understanding the paradigms used for nursing research. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 53, 494-469 Reprinted with author dialogue in Reed, P., & Shearer, N. (Eds.) (2008). Perspectives on Nursing Theory (5th ed., pp. 249-263). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Weaver, K. (2005). Review: Little evidence supports the efficacy of major commercial and organized self help weight loss programmes [Commentary]. Evidence-Based Nursing, 8(3), 77.
  • Weaver, K. (2005). Beyond concept analysis in holistic nursing [Letter to the Editor]. In Rew, L., Weaver, K., Morse, J. M, Hupcey, J. E., Penrod, J., Walker, L. & Avant, K. (2005). Discourse on concept analysis. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 23, 6-12.
  • Weaver, K., Wuest, J. & Ciliska, D., (2005). Understanding Women’s Journey of Recovering From Anorexia Nervosa. Qualitative Health Research, 15 (2), 188 - 206.
  • Weaver, K. (1999). Review: Medication and cognitive behaviour therapy control symptoms of bulimia nervosa [Commentary], Evidence-Based Nursing, 2(4), 120. doi:10.1136/ebn.2.4.120


It’s Not about Food: Getting started finding help and support for eating issues (2013). Youtube Documentary Film (8.3 minutes). Producer: Daphne Curtis, Atlantic Mediaworks. Fredericton, NB. Film used as a resource for students and health professionals

Through true eyes: Process of recovery from eating disorders. (2007). Documentary Film (23.3 minutes). Producer: Daphne Curtis, Atlantic Mediaworks. Fredericton, NB.  PI: K. Weaver. This film underwent 2nd edition revisions for international distribution by Moving Images (2009). The revisions included value added features of closed-captioning for high school use, chapter divisions, and minor revision of content and music.

Web publications

  • Weaver, K. (2013). An exploration of the role of social support in health promotion for eating disorders. http://www.nursinglibrary.org/vhl/bitstream/10755/304232/1/Weaver_AnExplorationoftheRole.pdf
  • Weaver, K. (2008). Women’s stories of recovery from eating disorders: Video dissemination. [PowerPoint slide show with audio clips] Advancing Mental Health through Research and Knowledge Translation. Alberta Mental Health (www.amhb.ab.ca/showcase )   
  • Weaver, K. (2007). Guidelines for the development of ethical sensitivity in professional practice. [PowerPoint slides] 18th International Nursing Research Congress Focusing on Evidence-Based Practice, Austria, Vienna July 13, 2007. Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library website of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing (www.stti.org ).                      
  • Weaver, K. (2007). What factors unique to anorexia nervosa require the full scope of recovery and why does anorexia nervosa resurface when traumas associated with the treatment are not resolved? www.facingthesunshine.com

 Professional practice, committees, volunteer work summary

Independent Practice: Long term therapy for individuals with eating disorders/issues.

International, National, and Regional Committee Memberships: Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Atlantic Region Canadian Association of Student Nurses Executive.

Provincial Committee Memberships: New Brunswick Network for Eating Disorders, Eating Disorder Council of New Brunswick (Board of Directors/President).

UNB Committee Memberships: Senate Student Services, Senate Nominating, Faculty of Nursing Library (Chair 2011), GAU-Nursing, NP Community Advisory.

Volunteer Work: Member of the Board of Directors for the Eating Disorder Council of New Brunswick, Inc. Professional At-Large Member for the Fredericton Family and Friends Eating Disorder Support Group.

Awards, Distinctions

Nurses Association of New Brunswick Award of Merit: Research


ARCASN Research Award

2004, 2011, 2015

Harrison-McCain Foundation Young Scholars Award

Nominated for the Allan P. Stuart Teaching Excellence Award

2008, 2010

2007, 2009

Alberta Heritage Foundation (AHFMR) Postdoctoral Fellowship   


CIHR Strategic Training in Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship


International Network of Doctoral Education in Nursing Scholarship


CIHR Strategic Training in Health Research Predoctoral Fellowship


Inducted to Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society


McPhedran Doctoral Fellowship Awards (UNB)


Killam (Ruby Blois) Scholarship for Excellence in Nursing Practice


Nominated for Governor General Gold Medal for academic excellence in graduate studies related to thesis titled “Women’s journey of self-development from perilous self-soothing to informed self-care” (Spring Convocation).



Cutler Scholarship (New Brunswick Mental Health Nursing)


Nurses Association of New Brunswick/Monnex Scholarship


New Brunswick Nurses Foundation Bursary


Dalhousie University Scholarships

1973, 1976

Royal Canadian Legion Scholarship


Shubenacadie Co-operative Ltd. Scholarship