Thompson Rivers University

Bonnie Fournier PhD, MSc, BSN, RN

Name: Bonnie Fournier PhD, MSc, BSN, RN
Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 250 318-7388


My clinical practice experience has focused on community health, mental health, and global health. I am a population health researcher with an interest in the intersections of place-people-health-policy and particularly in novel approaches and interventions to improve health outcomes with a focus on integrated knowledge translation strategies. I am interested in building resilient communities in order to mitigate the effects of climate change events on mental health. Currently, I am undertaking research with youth to understand youth engagement in health system planning using arts-based methods in rural communities. I am also conducting intervention research in Uganda with children to decrease HIV stigma.

I have established the Youth and Young Adult Engagement for Success (YYES) Research Lab with the purpose to systematically investigate emerging and complex lives of youth in Canada and globally and build capacities of youth to take action to improve their lives and that of their communities. The goals of this program of research are to examine the relationships between youth-place-policy by developing, implementing, and evaluating models of youth engagement and mobilizing evidence about interventions that impact health and health equity. Work in the YYES lab involves community-based participatory research (CBPR), qualitative and quantitative methodologies, arts-based methods, and is grounded in health promotion and socio-ecological theory.

YYES Blog-

Research Interests

Positive Youth Development
Chronic Disease Prevention, HIV, Mental Health, Substance Use, impact of climate change, and Food Security
Population Health Intervention Research
Knowledge Translation & Exchange
Anticolonial Inquiry
Decolonizing approaches
Arts-Based Methods; Photovoice, Theatre, Storytelling
Community Based Participatory Research


PI: Fournier, B.; CoPI: Bilash, O., Maina, G., Okello, S.; Co-Applicants: Banks, K., Harrowing, J., Nykiforuk, C., Sommerfeldt, S., & Strudwick, G. Reducing HIV-related Stigma in School Children in Northern Uganda: A Multi-level Arts- based Population Health Intervention. Project Grant, Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR).(4 years, 2019, Funded).

PI: Fournier, B., Christianson,T., Moody, M., Estrela, C., Burrows, A., Joe, L. What Can We Learn From Rural Youth? A Community Based Participatory Research Study. Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). (2 years, 2018, Funded).

PI: Olstad, D, O., Hara, H; Co-Applicants: Ball, K, Lebland, P, Nykiforuk, C, Black, J, McCormack, G, Sajobi, T, Downs, S, McLaren, L, Fournier, B, Minaker, L. Does the BC Farmers' Market Nutrition Coupon Program improve the dietary behaviours and psychosocial well-being of low-income adults? Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant. (3 years 2018 Funded).

PI: Olstad DL Co-Investigator: Caron-Roy S, Raine KD, Elliott C, Milaney K, Prowse R, Dunn S, LeBlanc P, O'Hara H, Fournier B. Exploring experiences of accessing nutritious foods and perceived outcomes among low-income adults participating in the British Columbia Farmers' Market Nutrition Coupon Program. Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research ($20,000; July 2019-June 2020).


PI: Bourque-Bearskin, L, Mahara, S. CoPI: Fournier, B, Buckley, B, Hoot, T, McCreight, R. Indigenous Knowledge In Nursing: Coyote's Teachings. (2 years 2017-2019 Funded).

PI: Fournier, B. Youth and Young Adult Empowerment for Success (YYES). (1 year 2017-2018 Funded). Community Based Research Grant, Thompson Rivers University.

PI: Fournier, B. PhD dissertation Building Knowledge and Capacity to Support Healthy Eating and Active Living Policies in the Canadian Arctic. 2014-2016.

PI: Ghuloum, S. CoPIs: Siddig, A, Abdulla, M, Woodruff, P, King, M, Fournier, B. Partners in Promoting Mental Health Awareness in Qatar 2013-2015. Qatar Academic Health System- Clinical Sub-Committee.

PI: Bridge, A, CoPI: Fournier, B. The experience of orphaned children, HIV sero-positive children living in Manna Rescue Home, Fort Portal, Uganda, 2010-2012.

PI: Fournier, B. The Role of Ugandan Nurses in Caring for Individuals with HIV illness 2003-2004. (CIDA & FSIDA Funded).


PhD University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing
MSc (Health Promotion) University of Alberta, School of Public Health
BSN Thompson Rivers University, School of Nursing



Fournier, B., Kushner, K. & Raine, K. (2019). Exploring Policy Interventions to Support Healthy Eating and Active Living in the Canadian Arctic. Health & Place, 58.

Maina, G., Crizzle, A., Maposa, S., & Fournier, B. (2019). Sociodemographic profiles and clinical outcomes for clients on methadone treatment in a western Canadian clinic: Implications for practice. Journal of Forensic Nursing.

Fournier, B., Illsiak, V., Kushner, K. & Raine, K. (2018). The Adoption, Implementation and Maintenance of a School Food Policy in the Canadian Arctic: A Retrospective Case Study. Health Promotion International, 33(2).

Fournier, B. & Pascal, J. (2018). Healthy Eating and Active Living with Indigenous Peoples: Exposing the Colonizer that Lurks Within. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Rolin-Gilman, C., Fournier, B. & Cleverley, K.(2017). Implementing Best Practice Guidelines in Pain Assessment and Management on a Women's Acute Psychiatric Inpatient Unit. Pain Management Nursing, 18(3), 170-178.

Toriida, MC., Ronaldson, S., Fournier, B. Blakey, S. (2015). Sustaining a community of scholars at a transnational university: A self-study. [Special Issue]. European Scientific Journal, May (1), p. 172-190.

Fournier, B., Bridge, A., Mill, J., Alibhi, A., Kenndy Pritchard, A. & Konde Lulu, J. (2014).Turing the Camera Back: Snapshots of Lessons Learned Conducting a Photovoice Study with Children who are HIV positive and Orphaned. SAGE Open, 4(2).

Fournier, B., Bridge, A., Mill, J., Alibhi, A., Kenndy Pritchard, A. & Konde Lulu, J. (2014). Hear Our Voices: A Photovoice Study with children in Uganda who are HIV positive and Orphaned. [Special Issue], Children and Youth Service Review, 45, issue C, 55-63.

Ojok, W., Bilash, O., Fournier, B. (2010). Child soldiering: A call to Western curricular thinkers and practitioners. Journal of Interdisciplinary Education, 9(1), 64-78

Fournier, B., Kipp, W., Mill., & Walisumbi, M. (2007). Ugandan nurses experience of HIV/AIDS. Transcultural Nursing, 18(3), 257-264.

Fournier, B., Mill, J., Kipp, W., Walisumbi, M (2007). Discovering voice: A participatory action research study. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 6(2), 1-19.


Fournier, B. & Karachiwalla, F. (Eds). (In progress, 2018-2019). Shah's Public Health and Preventative Health Care in Canada. (6th ed). Elsevier Canada: Toronto


Fournier, B. & Bilash, O. (2016). Can Pictures Influence Policy? Liamputtong, P. (ed.) Children, Young People and Living with HIV/AIDS: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. Springer: Dordrecht, The Netherlands

Employment History


Thompson Rivers University, School of Nursing
Associate Professor

University of Calgary Qatar, Nursing

University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing


Advanced Practice Nurse in Research and Innovation
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Toronto, ON

Instructor- Community Health Representatives (CHR) Short Term Contracts
Aurora College, Yellowknife, NT

Central Services Manager [Casual] Alberta Hospital
Edmonton Alberta

Mental Health Officer Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF)
Nchelenge, Zambia

Manager, Mental Health Services
Acting Director, Mental Health Services
Northern Lights Health Centre, Fort McMurray, AB

Community Mental Health Nurse
Kamloops Mental Health Centre, Kamloops, B.C.

Correctional Nurse
Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre, Kamloops, BC

Courses Taught

*Teaching primarily in the areas of community health, global health, and mental health

Professional Affiliations

Member Scholar, International Institute for Qualitative Methodology December 2010-Present
College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) 2016-Present
College of Registered Nurses of Ontario 2014- 2016
College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) June 2000- Present
College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) May 1999- June 2000

*Horizon Award, University of Alberta, 2008
Recognizes the outstanding achievements of University of Alberta alumni early in their careers
*Dawn Bucharski Graduate Award in Health Promotion, University of Alberta, 2004
Recognizes a student in health promotion who demonstrates commitment, spirit, leadership, and initiative at the University of Alberta and in the health promotion community.


Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP) Grant, Health Canada, 2016, $2,563.00
UofA Northern Research Awards (UANRA) Grant, University of Alberta, 2016, $1,169.00
Jannetta MacPhail Award, University of Alberta, 2015, $2,800.00
CIHR Fellowship in Population Health Intervention for Chronic Disease Prevention (PICDP), 2014, $20,000
Isobel Secord Graduate Award, University of Alberta, 2011, $3,450.00
University of Alberta Doctoral Recruitment Scholar Research Award, University of Alberta, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 $5,000
Alberta R.N. Educational Trust Research Award, College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
$10,000 August 2011 / $3,000 August 2012
Davidson Scholarship, College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, 2003; 2002, $2,000
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Research Funding, 2003, $15,000
Fund to Support International Development, Research Funding, University of Alberta, 2003, $10,000


Elizabeth Fry Society- My Place- Volunteer, 2017
Royal Social Club- Kamloops- Volunteer, 2017
Evaluation Consultant, Boyle McCauley Health Centre, Edmonton Alberta, 2010
Revised and implemented 2011 & 2003 satisfaction survey using participatory methods with consumers. Included qualitative data analysis and survey development.

Research Consultant, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Harare, Zimbabwe, 2007
Consulted on research design, implementation and evaluation of an HIV/AIDS project with street children in Harare, Zimbabwe

Co-Founder HEAL International (non profit organization and registered charity), formerly known as The Child is Innocent, 2004 Positions held- President, Past President
Started a non-profit charitable organization from the ground up. Traveled to Northern Uganda from 2006-2007 to conduct art, photography and peace building workshops with children affected by war. Sponsors children who are affected by HIV and are orphans

Youth Mobilization Project, Gambia, West Africa Operation Crossroads, 1997
Worked in a small village providing health education. Mobilized 10 youth to co-facilitate health modules; HIV/STD's, family planning, malaria prevention, sanitation and hygiene, and drug use. Utilized community development, capacity building principles and Paulo Freire's work, which emphasizes power relations and inequities.


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