Judith Wuest

Professor Emerita


Nursing, Faculty of

MacLaggan Hall 32


1 506 458 7666


  • BScN (U of T)
  • MN (Dal)
  • PhD (Wayne State)

Research interests

  • Women’s health
  • Violence against women
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Workplace bullying
  • Family caregiving
  • Grounded theory
  • Mixed methods
  • Intervention studies


Over the past 20 years, I have engaged in two programs of research in women’s health, one linked to family caregiving and the other to violence against women.

My expertise initially was grounded theory particularly from a feminist perspective. However, as my research program expanded, the questions emerging from the findings required mixed methods and theory testing approaches.

I was fortunate to hold a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Investigator Award (2002-2007) and UNB Research Scholar Award (2007-2009) that allowed me to concentrate on building this program of research with a team of scholars from New Brunswick and from across Canada.

We have received funding from CIHR, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, and New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF). Our current work is a randomized controlled trial to examine the effectiveness of an internet-based decision aid for women experiencing partner abuse funded by CIHR.

I particularly enjoy working with graduate students whose work intersects with my interests and sometimes have funding from my research grants to support them.


2014-2019 Masculinities, Lifetime Violence and Health—Scott-Storey & Wuest (PIs), Hodgins, MacIntosh, Merritt-Gray, & O’Donnell. Funded by CIHR Operating Grant

2013-2015 Masculinities, Lifetime Violence and Health—Scott-Storey & Wuest (PIs), Hodgins, MacIntosh, Merritt-Gray, & O’Donnell.  Funded by NBHRF operating grants.

2012-2017 Effectiveness of an Internet-based decision aid in enhancing safety behaviours, reducing exposure to violence and improving mental health among women experiencing intimate partner violence—Ford-Gilboe, Varcoe & Wuest (PIs), Currie, Glass, Hodgins, MacMillan, Neal, Noh, Scott-Storey & Wathen.  Funded by CIHR Operating Grants

2010-2015 Problems, Predictors, and Progression of Sexual Functioning among Adolescents—O’Sullivan (PI), Byers, Brotto, Majerovich, & Wuest. Funded by CIHR

2009-2013 Feasibility and Efficacy of a Primary Health Care Intervention for Women in the Early Years After Leaving an Abusive Partner—Wuest (PI), Merritt-Gray, Dubé, Hodgins, Majerovich, Ford-Gilboe, Varcoe.  Funded by CIHR & NBHRF, Partnerships in Health System Improvement

Peer-reviewed publications

Ford-Gilboe, M., Varcoe, C., Noh, M., Wuest, J., Hammerton, J., Alhalal, E., & Burnett, C. (accepted for publication).  Patterns and Predictors of Service use among Women who have Separatedfrom an Abusive Partner. Journal of Family Violence

MacIntosh, J., Wuest, J., Ford-Gilboe, M., & Varcoe, C. (accepted for publication) Cumulative effects of multiple forms of violence and abuse on women. Violence and Victims.

Davies, L., Ford-Gilboe, M., Wilson, A., Varcoe, C., Wuest, J., Campbell, J.C., & Scott-Storey, K. (accepted for publication). Patterns of Cumulative Abuse among Female Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: Links to Women’s Health and Socioeconomic Status. Violence Against Women.

O'Sullivan LF , Brotto LA , Byers ES , Majerovich JA , Wuest JA. (2014). Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Functioning among Sexually Experienced Middle to Late Adolescents.. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 11( 30), 630–641,

Guruge, S., Ford-Gilboe, M., Samuels-Dennis, J., Varcoe, C., Wilk, P. & Wuest, J. (2012). Rethinking social support and conflict: Lessons from a study of women who have separated from abusive partners. Nursing Research and Practice, vol. 2012, Article ID 738905, 10 pages, 2012,

MacIntosh, J., Wuest, J., Merritt Gray, M. (2012). Workplace bullying influences women’s engagement in the workforce. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 33, 762-768.

Wuest J. (2011). Are we there yet? Positioning qualitative research differently. Qualitative Health Research, 21(7), 875-873

Hodgins, M., & Wuest, J. (2011). Modeling the Effects of Past Relationship and Obligation on Changes in the Health and Health Promotion of Women Caregivers of Family Members with Dementia,  Research in Nursing & Health, 34, 440-456

Ford-Gilboe, M., Merritt-Gray, M., Varcoe, C., & Wuest, J. (2011). A theory-based primary health care intervention for women who have left abusive partners.  Advances in Nursing Science, 34,198-214.

Varcoe, C., Hankivsky, O., Ford-Gilboe, M., Wuest, J., & Wilk, P & Campbell. J. (2011). Attributing     selected costs to intimate partner violence in a sample of women who have left abusive partners: A social determinants of health approach. Canadian Public Policy, 37(3), 359-380.

Ponic, P., Varcoe, C., Davies, L., Hammerton, J., Ford-Gilboe, M., & Wuest, J. (2011). Leaving, moving: Housing patterns of women who have left an abusive partner.  Violence Against Women, 17, 1576-1586. 

Wuest, J. & Hodgins, M.J. (2011). Reflections on methodological approaches and conceptual contributions in a program of caregiving research: Development and testing of Wuest’s theory of family caregiving. Qualitative Health Research, 21, 151-161.

Wuest, J., Malcolm, J. & Merritt-Gray, M. (2010). Daughters’obligation to care in the context of past abuse. Health Care for Women International, 31, 1047-1067.

MacIntosh, J., Wuest, J., Merritt Gray, M., & Aldous, S. (2010). Effects of workplace bullying on how women work. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 32, 910-931.

MacIntosh, J., Cronkhite, M., Wuest, J., & Merritt Gray, M. (2010). Workplace bullying in health care affects meaning of work. Qualitative Health Research, 20, 1128-1141.

Wuest, J.,, Ford-Gilboe, M., Merritt-Gray, M, Wilks, P., Campbell, J.C., Lent, B., Varcoe, C., & Smye, V. (2010). Pathways of chronic pain in survivors of intimate partner violence. Journal of Women’s Health, 19, 1665-1674.

Wuest, J.,, Ford-Gilboe, M., Merritt-Gray, M, Varcoe, C., Lent, B., Wilks, P., & Campbell, J.C. (2009). Abuse-Related Injury and Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder as Mechanisms of Chronic Pain in Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence, Pain Medicine,10(4), 739-747.

Ford-Gilboe, M., Wuest, J., Varcoe, C., Davies, L., Merritt-Gray, M., Hammerton, J., Wilk, P., &  Campbell, J. (2009) Modeling the Effects of Intimate Partner Violence and Access to Resources on Women's Health in the Early Years after Leaving an Abusive Partner.  Social Science and Medicine. 68, 1021-1029.

Book chapters

Wuest, J., Ford-Gilboe, M., Merritt-Gray, M., & Varcoe, C. (2013). Building on “Grab”, Attending to “Fit”, and  Being Prepared to “Modify”: How Grounded Theory “Works” to Guide a Health Intervention for Abused Women. In C. Beck (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Qualitative Research in Nursing, PP. 32-46.  Routledge.

Wuest, J. (2012). Grounded theory: The method.  In. P. Munhall (Ed.) Nursing research: A qualitative perspective. 5th Edition (pp. 239-272). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

Ford-Gilboe, M., Varcoe, C., Wuest, J., & Merritt-Gray, M. (2010). Intimate partner violence and nursing practice.  In J. Humphreys and J. C. Campbell (Eds.), Family violence and nursing practice. (pp. 115-154).  New York: Springer.