Kathleen Leslie, RN, JD, PhD

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    Kathleen (Kate) Leslie is an associate professor at Athabasca University and an adjunct professor at Western University. Dr. Leslie is a registered nurse and lawyer whose research program focuses on professional regulation, health law and policy, and governance of the health workforce. Dr. Leslie has been the principal investigator on three recent tri-council grants focused on workforce policy (SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant, 2020-2021, SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2021-2023; CIHR Catalyst Grant, 2022-2023) and is a co-investigator on multiple other major grants. Dr. Leslie was also the principal investigator on an international grant (2020-2022) that examined regulatory responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and is one of two Canadian researchers on a team reviewing health workforce regulation review for the World Health Organization. Dr. Leslie is the governance and regulation lead for the Canadian Health Workforce Network and a member of the Standards Council of Canada National Standards for Mental Health Services project.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    External positions

    Adjunct Professor, Western University

    1 Jan. 2020 → …


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