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Nazilla Khanlou

Professor & Women's Health Research Chair in Mental Health

Research Interests

Nazilla Khanlou, RN, PhD is the Women's Health Research Chair in Mental Health in the Faculty of Health at York University and an Associate Professor in its School of Nursing. She is the Academic Lead of the Lillian Meighen Wright Maternal-Child Health Scholars Program. Professor Khanlou's clinical background is in psychiatric nursing. Her overall program of research is situated in the interdisciplinary field of community-based mental health promotion in general, and mental health promotion among youth and women in multicultural and immigrant-receiving settings in particular. She applies intersectionality-informed frameworks, using diverse research methods, in community-based research. She is founder of the International Network on Youth Integration (INYI), an international network for knowledge exchange and collaboration on youth. She has published articles, books, and reports on immigrant youth and women, and mental health.


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Published Manuscripts (Select Publications)

Khanlou N, Khan A, Kurtz Landy C, Srivastava R, McMillan S, Vandevelde-Coke S, & Vazquez LM. (2022). Nursing care for persons with developmental disabilities: Review of literature on barriers and facilitators faced by nurses to provide care. Nursing Open. (in press)  

Khanlou N, Vazquez LM, Khan A, Orazietti B, & Ross G. (2022). Readers Theatre as an arts-based approach to education: A scoping review on experiences of adult learners and educators.  Nurse Education Today, 116. 10544.

Khanlou N, Vazquez LM, Pashang S, Connolly JA, Ahmad F, & Ssawe A. (2021). 2020 Syndemic: Convergence of COVID-19, gender-based violence, and racism pandemics.  Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-13.

Khanlou, N., Khan, A., Vazquez, L. M., & Zangeneh, M. (2020). Digital Literacy, Access to Technology and Inclusion for Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities. Journal of developmental and Physical Disabilities.

Islam, F., Tamim, H., & Khanlou, N. (2020). “Maybe once I find a good job, I will be better’: Seeking Mental Healthcare in Little Bangladesh, Toronto, Canada. Journal of Concurrent Disorders. 

Gagliardi, A. R., Dunn, S., Foster, A. M., Grace, S. L., Khanlou, N., Stewart, D. E., & Straus, S. E. (2020). Is patient-centred care for women a priority for policy-makers? Content analysis of government policies. Health research policy and systems18(1), 1-8.

Nyhof, B. B., Jameel, B., Dunn, S., Grace, S. L., Khanlou, N., Stewart, D. E., & Gagliardi, A. R. (2020). Identifying strategies to implement patient-centred care for women: Qualitative interviews with women. Patient Education and Counseling.

Olawo, O., Pilkington, B., & Khanlou, N. (2019). Identity-Related Factors Affecting the Mental Health of African Immigrant Youth Living in Canada. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 1-13.

Gagliardi, A. R., Green, C., Dunn, S., Grace, S. L., Khanlou, N., & Stewart, D. E. (2019). How do and could clinical guidelines support patient-centred care for women: content analysis of guidelines. PloS one14(11), e0224507.

Filler, T., Georgiades, K., Khanlou, N., & Wahoush, O. (2019). Understanding Mental Health and Identity from Syrian Refugee Adolescents’ Perspectives. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 1-14.

Islam, F., Sultana, A., Qasim, S., Kozak, M., Tamim, H., & Khanlou, N. (2019). “Children are going on a Different Path”: Youth Identity from the Bangladeshi Immigrant Parents’ Perspective. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 1-12.

Khan, A., & Khanlou, N. (2019). Ethnic Identity, Self-Esteem, Resilience and Mental Health Among Immigrant and Canadian-Born Pakistani Youth. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 1-15.

Epstein, I., Khanlou, N., Ermel, R. E., Sherk, M., Simmonds, K. K., Balaquiao, L., & Chang, K. Y. (2019). Students Who Identify with a Disability and Instructors’ Experiences in Nursing Practice: a Scoping Review. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 1-28.