Dr. Naomi Thulien

Dr. Naomi Thulien is a nurse practitioner and researcher committed to working with the community to tackle the social and structural inequities that cause and perpetuate youth homelessness. She has a keen interest in critical qualitative research and community-based participatory action research methodology.

In 2017, Dr. Thulien completed her PhD at the University of Toronto Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing where she earned a Dean’s Medal for academic excellence. While pursuing a PhD at the University of Toronto, Dr. Thulien completed the Collaborative Doctoral Program in Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and obtained a Certificate of Advanced Methodological Training in Qualitative Health Research from the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research.

Dr. Thulien is the co-founder of 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 also 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 Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research.