Cheryl L van Daalen-Smith

Associate Professor

School of Nursing; School of Women's Studies; Children's Studies Program (Humanities)

Locations / Contact Info:

340 Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies - HNES
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 66691

Email address(es):

Web site(s):

Personal Website
The Centre for Feminist Research
Girls Studies

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Nursing


BScN (Child and Family Specialty) -

PhD -
University of Toronto (OISE)

MA -
University of Toronto (OISE)


Dr. Cheryl van Daalen-Smith is a feminist  researcher, professor and long-time community health nurse.
Her interests lay in the health and quality of life of girls and women, with a particular interest in the role of oppression on well-being. Inclusion as a key variable in all she explores, van Daalen-Smith's goal is always emancipatory. Her work calls nurses and others to call into question assumed truths that create distance between people and which create grief and misery. Her recent work explored the lived experiences of electroshock for women in Canada. Other inquiries include  feminist analyses of girls anger; lived ableism for girls living with Spina Bifida, and Women's Self Esteem. On her rescue farm, she quietly observes the gentle  beauty of the animal-human bond and the myriad lessons in 'her little brown barn'.
She is currently exploring women's experiences with psychiatric hospitalization, and calls upon her beloved profession to join her in asking 'tough questions' and in listening to the voices of those who are otherwise unheard.  

Selected Publications

 van Daalen-Smith, C. (2011). Waiting for Oblivion: Women's Experiences of Electroshock. Issues in Mental Health Nursing.


van Daalen-Smith, C. (2010). Electroshock: A Discerning Review of the Nursing Literature. Issues in Mental Health Nursing


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Not Indicated

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

 Women's Experiences of Psychiatric Hospitalization in Canada


Women's Experiences of Electroshock in Canada


The Mental Health Impact of the Animal-Human Bond