Dr. Cathy MacDonald is the first Associate Dean Academic Affairs at St. Francis Xavier University and the Acting Director in the Rankin School of Nursing. She has been employed at StFXU since 2001. She received a PhD in Nursing from Dalhousie University (2013), a Master of Nursing (2003) and BScN (1990) from Dalhousie University and a diploma in Nursing from the Victoria General School of Nursing (1986). Her nursing expertise in oncology began in Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplant where she practiced in both Canada and the United States. Cathy teaching expertise is in adult medical-surgical nursing, leadership and trends and issues in nursing. She has taught distance palliative care and leadership courses to Masters Nursing students in Qatar, Doha. Her research focuses on cancer and marginalized individuals, Aboriginal women and Pap smear screening, participatory action research, and Indigenous health. Cathy actively works with Aboriginal nursing students and is a member of the Committee for Aboriginal and Black student success and the Nursing Education, the Aboriginal Mentorship Committee at StFXU and the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association Collaborative Mentorship Network Ottawa, Ontario. She has also been a co-applicant and co-investigator (Canadian Institute Health Research, Health Canada, Canadian Immunization Research Network, Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat) on several national research grants. She has published in a number national and international peer review journals (ie, The Canadian Journal of Action Research, Cancer Nursing, Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, Nursing Ethics, The International Journal Regional and Local History, The Canadian Journal of Action Research, Journal of Education and Nursing Practice and The Journal Nursing Education) and supervised honors nursing students on topics related to her research area. Cathy has presented her research work at conferences locally, nationally, and internationally.