F. Beryl Pilkington

Associate Professor

Locations / Contact Info:

345 Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies - HNES
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 30697

Email address(es):


Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Nursing


PhD - 1997
School of Nursing, Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, IL

MScN - 1987
Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON


Beryl worked as a staff nurse (Labour and Delivery) before obtaining a BScN  (Western University, 1985) and an MScN (University of Toronto, 1987). She has worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in maternal-newborn and women's health and as a CUSO ‘cooperant’ in Nigeria in a program for women with obstetric fistulae. In 1997, she earned a PhD (Nursing) from Loyola University Chicago. Her current faculty appointment to the School of Nursing at York commenced in 1999.

Completed research has focused on quality of life, social determinants of health, resilience, loss and grieving, and other lived experiences with populations including persons with diabetes living on a low income, people living in a marginalized neighbourhood, mothers experiencing perinatal loss, women with gynecologic cancer, women in an abusive relationship, persons living with stroke, and older persons living in long-term care.

Current research includes study focusing on community health in the refugee context in Dadaab, Kenya. Funded by IDRC, this study is affiliated with the multi-partner, CIDA-funded project, "Borderless Higher Education for Refugees," in Dadaab, under the auspices of York's Cenre for Refugee Studies. Another project nearing completion is a community-based project on health, well-being and parenting self-confidence for young sole support mothers.


Selected Publications

Singh, M., Patrick, L., & Pilkington, F. B. (2014). Empowerment and mentoring in nursing academia. International Journal of Nursing Education, 11(1), 1-11. doi:10.1515/ijnes-2013-0070

Pilkington, F. B., Singh, M., Prescod, C., & Buettgen, A. (2013). Inclusive mosaic: Promoting diversity in nursing through youth mentorship. International Journal of Nursing Education, 10(1), 1-10. DOI 10.1515/ijnes-2012-0012

Jonas-Simpson, C., Pilkington, F. B., MacDonald, C., & McMahon, E. (2013). Nurses’ experiences of grieving when there is a perinatal death. Sage Open. DOI: 10.1177/2158244013486116

Mwini-Nyaledzigbor, P. , Agana, A. A., & Pilkington, F. B. (2013): Lived experiences of Ghanaian women with obstetric fistula. Health Care for Women International, 34(6), 440-460. DOI:10.1080/07399332.2012.755981

Dinca-Panaitescu, M., Dinca-Panaitescu, S., Raphael, D., Bryant, T., Pilkington, B., & Daiski, I. (2012). Dynamics of the relationship between type 2 diabetes incidence and poverty: Longitudinal results from Canada’s National Population Health Survey. Maturitas Journal. DOI: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2012.03.017

Raphael, D., Daiski, I., Pilkington, B., Bryant, T., Dinca-Panaitescu, M., & Dinca-Panaitescu, S., (2011). A toxic combination of poor social policies and programmes, unfair economic arrangements and bad politics: The experiences of poor Canadians with Type 2 diabetes. Critical Public Health, 1-19. DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2011.607797

Pilkington, F. B., Daiski, I., Lines, E., Bryant, T., Raphael, D., Dinca-Panaitescu, M., & Dinca-Panaitescu, S. (2011). Type 2 diabetes in vulnerable populations: Community healthcare providers' perspectives of health service needs and policy implications. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 35(5), 503-511.

Pilkington, F. B., Daiski, I., Bryant, T., Dinca-Panaitescu, M., Dinca-Panaitescu, S., & Raphael, D. (2010). The experience of living with diabetes for low-income Canadians. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 34(2), 119-126.

Dinca-Panaitescu, S., Dinca-Panaitescu, M., Bryant, T., Daiski, I., Pilkington, B., & Raphael, D. (2010). Diabetes prevalence and income: Results of the Canadian Community Health Survey. Health Policy, 99, 116-123. doi:10.1016/j.healthpol.2010.07.018


Teaching Award - 2009
Faculty of Health


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

Current research interests include type 2 diabetes and the social determinants of health; human experiences of loss, grieving, and resilience; and global health. Methodological expertise is in qualitative methods.

Research Projects

Researching the Gap between the Existing and Potential Community Health Worker Education and Training in the Refugee Context: An Intersectoral Approach
The project will investigate current health worker training, effectiveness and utilization in Dadaab, Kenya in order to determine the potential for adapting health education curricula from the partner organizations (Moi University, Kenya; York University, Canada; NextGenU.org) to the refugee context; and, determine how universities and humanitarian and education NGOs may collaborate to build health care capacity to address the shortage of qualified health personnel. Researchers from York U, the University of Toronto (Canada), and Moi U (Kenya), and refugee community researchers will collaborate in conducting the field research.
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $56830
Year Funded: 2014
Duration: 2
Funded by: International Development Research Centre