Megan Aston

Professor/Associate Director Research and International Affairs and the Director of Centre for Transformative Nursing & Health Research (CTNHR)

Phone: 902-494-6376
Fax: 902-494-3487
Mailing Address: 
Room 123, Forrest Bldg.,
Dalhousie University
PO Box 15000
5869 University Avenue
Halifax NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Maternal child and infant health
  • Public health nursing
  • Feminist post-structuralism
  • Children with intellectual disabilities


Dr. Aston teaches Qualitative Health Research and Family and Community Health Nursing. Her program of research focuses on maternal, child and newborn health as well as children with intellectual disabilities, their families and health care professionals who care for them. She uses feminist poststructuralism informed by discourse analysis to examine how health care professionals and clients negotiate beliefs, values and practices regarding health care that have been socially and institutionally constructed through relations of power.


  • Centre for Transformative Nursing and Health Research
  • Affiliate Scientist IWK Health Centre and Nova Scotia Health Authority
  • Affiliated Co-investigator with WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre
  • CHNC Community Health Nurses Association
  • International Family Nursing Association


  • Aston, M., Sweet, K., Price, S., McAfee, E,. Filliter, J., Sheriko, J., Monaghan, J., Vanderlee, E., McGrath, P., Bye, A. & Walls, C (2019).  Snap Shot: Achieving Better Care Through a One Page Personal Health Profile. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities.
  • Dol, J., Campbell-Yeo, M., Tomblin Murphy, G., Aston, M., & McMillan, D., Gahagan, J., & Richardson, B. (2019). Parent-targeted postnatal educational interventions in low and middle-income countries: A scoping review and critical analysis. International Journal of Nursing Studies. doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2019.03.011
  • Aston, M., Price, S., Monaghan, J., Sim, M., Hunter, A. & Little, V. (2018). Navigating and negotiating information and support: Experiences of first time mothers. Journal of Clinical Nursing doi: 10.1111/jocn.13970
  • Ollivier, R., Aston, M. & Price S. (2018). Let’s Talk About Sex: A Feminist Post-Structural Approach to Addressing Sexual Health in the Health Care Setting. Journal of Clinical Nursing 28, (3-4) 695-702. doi:10.1111/jocn.14685
  • Ollivier, R., Aston, M. & Price, S. (2018). From Participants to Video Stars: Engaging Families in Research. Journal of Family Nursing. Retrieved from: