Dr. Naomi Thulien

Dr. Naomi Thulien is a nurse practitioner and researcher committed to tackling the social structural inequities that cause and perpetuate youth homelessness.

She has a particular interest in critical social theory and community-based research methodology. Her randomized-controlled trial, Transitioning Youth out of Homelessness, is revealing the enormous promise of portable rent subsidies to improve housing outcomes for young people at risk of homelessness.

In May 2021, Dr. Thulien co-founded Breakwater Foundation – a non-profit organization that provides rent subsidies, education bursaries, and primary health care to young women who have experienced homelessness. Dr. Thulien practices clinically at the Breakwater Foundation clinic and Covenant House Toronto – Canada’s largest agency for young people with current and past experiences of homelessness and sex trafficking.

Dr. Thulien is a scientist with MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. She is an Assistant Professor (status only) at the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health and an Academic Fellow with the University of Toronto’s Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research.