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Dr. Joan Evans

Professor and Director, Communication Skills


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Communication Skills Program

Email: joan.evans@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-6307
Fax: 902-494-1479
Mailing Address: 
C-106, 5849 University Avenue
PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Communication
  • Gender
  • Men’s overall health health care practices
  • Gender relations and masculinities
  • Men’s work in non-traditional occupations
  • Undergraduate medical education
  • Evaluating teaching personalization
  • Empathy


  • PhD (Dalhousie University)
  • MN (Dalhousie University)
  • BN (Dalhousie University)
  • Nurse Practitioner Certificate (University of Alberta)
  • Public Health Nursing Diploma (University of Windsor)
  • Graduate Nurse Diploma (Toronto General Hospital School of Nursing)

Brief bio

Dr. Evans develops, implements and evaluates communication skills training across the continuum of medical education. She also provides workshops that help physicians maximize their effectiveness as teachers and collaborators.  A nurse by discipline, she has practiced in community, occupational and emergency settings and has extensive undergraduate and graduate teaching experience.

Research interests

Dr. Evans’ communication skills research includes: empathy development and teaching in undergraduate medical education; communication skill development needs of undergraduate medical learners; and, tutor perceptions/experience of teaching communication skills to first year medical learners. Her career in high-risk, male-dominated environments provided the catalyst for her research in gender and masculinities.

Selected publications

  • Kellett P, Gregory D, Evans J . Patriarchal Paradox: Gender Performance and Men’s Nursing Careers. Gender in Management  2014; 29(2): 77-90
  • Forgeron P, Evans J, McGrath P, Stevens B, Finley A. Living with difference: Exploring the social self of adolescents with chronic pain. Journal of Pain Research and Management  2013; 18(6): e115-e123
  • Evans J, Frank B, Oliffe J, Gregory D. HIMM, Health, Illness, Men and Masculinities (HIMM): A theoretical framework for understanding men and their health. Journal of Men’s Health 2011; 8 (1): 7-15
  • Forgeron P, McGrath P, Stevens B, Evans J, Dick B, Finley A, Carlson  T. Social information processing in adolescents with chronic pain: My friends don’t understand me. Pain 2011; 152 (12): 2773-2780
  • Burke J, Evans J. Embracing the Creative: The Role of Photo Novella in Qualitative Nursing Research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods 2011; 10(2): 165-179


  • Faculty of Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University
  • Canadian Association for Medical Education
  • Institute for Healthcare Communication - Canada, College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Communication Skills Special Interest Group, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC)
  • Clinical Skills Special Interest Group, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC)


  • Professor and Director of Communication Skills Program, Division of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, (2011 – present)
  • Associate Professor and Director, Communication Skills Program, Division of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University (2006 – 2011)
  • Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University (2003-2006)
  • Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University (1999-2003)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, St. Francis Xavier University (1997-1999)


  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Medical Education, Dalhousie University
  • Faculty Development, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University
  • Hospital Grand Rounds, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, NS
  • Faculty Development, Faculty of Dentistry, Dalhousie University
  • Thesis supervision and thesis committee membership for students at Dalhousie and external to Dalhousie:
    • PhD (Nursing)
    • PhD (Interdisciplinary)
    • Master of Nursing
    • Master of Education

Service & activity

  • External Reviewer, Application for Promotion, School of Nursing, Memorial University
  • External Abstract Reviewer, Canadian Conference on Medical Education, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, (AFMC), 2008-2010
  • Invited Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of the American Men’s Studies Association. Topic area: men in nursing
  • Invited Manuscript Reviewer, Qualitative Health Research. Topic area: method/methodology, women’s health
  • Invited External Grant Reviewer. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Topic area: communication in medicine