Judith Kulig is a Professor in the Nursing Program within the Faculty of Health Sciences. Judith’s clinical background is in community health. She has worked with numerous multicultural groups including First Nations communities in Northern British Columbia and Alberta, Cambodian and Central American refugees and Conservative Mennonites.
Judith has devoted her research program to understanding rural health issues specifically addressing unique groups who live in rural areas, nursing practice in rural and remote Canada and community resiliency in rural communities. She has been funded by the three top Canadian funding agencies: the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council. Her research emphasizes community and decision maker involvement from its inception. In addition, she has implemented dissemination venues that reach the participants, residents and decision makers equally. Judith has published widely in multi-disciplinary journals and she has presented as a keynote speaker in Canada and Australia. Judith is Past Chair of the Canadian Rural Health Research Society for which she was one of the founding members.
Truly trying to understand the impact of being from a different culture and how it influenced the person’s beliefs and practices. This was heightened by being interested in why communities were different in terms of their ability to work together and move forward.
Because of my nursing background, I have always been able to tie my research to the real world of nursing and to pubic health. The work I do with the Low German-speaking Mennonites, for example, has direct links with providing care to this group. The work with wildfire communities informs us about public health policies regarding emergencies and disaster preparation and management, as well as, recovery. The work on rural nursing has implications for health human resource development and capacity building.
One of my Mennonite Advisory Board members described me as follows: "Judith is not like other academics, she is humble." That truly was the greatest compliment I could ever receive and it was an honor to receive it. In terms of tangible honors, being chosen to receive the CARNA Nursing Excellence in Research Award was great.
They are crucial. I love teaching them about the everyday world of the research process and how it plays out (or does not). I hope that my passion rubs off on them.
I would continue with my rural research and examine how rural nurses impact community resiliency, I would also conduct an international comparative study on wildfire communities and their recovery and finally I would continue research with Mennonites across Borders (so into South America, Belize, Mexico and all areas of Canada and the US).