• Norman, Wendy V.

    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital

    Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine
    Associate Member, School of Population & Public Health
    Associate Member, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, The University of British Columbia
    CIHR-PHAC Chair, Applied Public Health Research
    Scholar, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
    Team Lead: Canadian Contraception Access Research Team/Groupe de recherche sur l’accessibilité à la contraception (CART/GRAC)

    Degrees / Designations


    Primary Area of Research
    Healthy Starts
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Lab Phone
    Mailing Address
    Women's Health Research Institute
    BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre
    E202 - 4500 Oak Street
    Vancouver, BC, V6H 3N1
    Research Areas
    • Family Planning Health Services
      • Contraception
      • Abortion
      • Youth healthy sexuality
    • Population health
    • Family Planning Health Professional Education

    Dr. Norman and her team explore clinical and population health research to understand and reduce unintended pregnancies and to improve access to high-quality contraception and abortion knowledge, services and methods.

    In 2015, Dr. Norman received the Darroch Award from the Guttmacher Institute for her work that combines excellence in research with practical application to public policy and programs in the field of sexual and reproductive health.

    Current Projects
    Selected Publications

    For the latest publications, please see Dr. Norman’s ORCID profile.

    1. Samiedaluie S, Peterson S, Brant R, Kaczorowski J, Norman WV. Validating abortion procedure coding in British Columbia administrative database. BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:255. DOI: 10.1186/s12913-016-1485-4.  

    2. Norman WV, Soon J.A. Requiring physicians to dispense mifepristone: an unnecessary limit on safety and access for medical abortion. CMAJ 2016 Dec 6 188:E429-E430 PMID: 27754893.  

    3. Wong E, Leslie JJT, Soon JA, Norman WV. Measuring interprofessional competencies and attitudes among health professional students creating family planning virtual patient cases. BMC Medical Education 2016 Oct 19;16(1):273. 

    4. Norman WV, Mazza D. Calling a Spade a Spoon: Are non-American donors likely to need the same “reshaping” of terms for International Family Planning? World Health and Population. 2016 Sept 17(1): 21-25. doi:10.12927/whp.2016.25040. 

    5. Troskie C, Soon J, Albert A, Norman, WV. Regulatory approval time for hormonal contraception in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, 2000-2015: a retrospective data analysis. CMAJ Open. 2016 Nov 3. 4:4. DOI: 10.9778/cmajo.20160017.

    6. Rieb LM, Norman WV, Martin RE, Berkowitz J, Wood E, McNeil R, Milloy MJ. Withdrawal-associated injury site pain (WISP): A descriptive case series of an opioid cessation phenomenon. PAIN 2016 Dec; 157(12):2865-2874.

    7. Henning PA, Burgess, CK Jones, HE, Norman WV. The effects of asking a fertility intention question in primary care settings: a systematic review protocol. Syst Rev. 2017 Jan 19;6(1):11. doi: 10.1186/s13643-017-0412-z. PMID: 28103918. 

    8. Norman WV, Downie J. Abortion care in Canada is decided between a woman and her doctor, without recourse to criminal law. BMJ. 2017 March 24. http://www.bmj.com/content/356/bmj.j1506.full. 

    9. Asgharpour M, Villareal S, Schummers L, Hutcheon J, Shaw D, Norman, WV. Inter-pregnancy interval and pregnancy outcomes among women with delayed childbearing: Protocol for a systematic review. Syst Rev. 2017 Apr 8;6(1):75. doi: 10.1186/s13643-017-0464-0. 

    10. Black A, Guilbert E, Costescu, D, Dunn S, Fisher W, Kives S, Mirosh M, Norman WV, et al. Canadian Contraception Consensus Guidelines No. 329-(Part 4 of 4) Chapter 9: Combined Hormonal Contraception. ). J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2017 Apr;39(4): 229-268.e5.

    11. Norman WV, Dickens BM. Abortion by telemedicine: an equitable option for Irish women. BMJ. 2017 May 16. doi: 10.1136/bmj.j2011 

    12. Strong MJ, Busing N, Goosney DL, Harris K, Horsley T, Kuzyk A, Lingard L, Norman WV, Rosenblum ND, Saryeddine T, Wang X. The rising challenge of training the Physician Scientist:  Recommendations of the Canadian Consensus Conference.  Academic Medicine. 2017 Aug 16. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001857.

    13. Burgess CK, Henning PA, Norman WV, Manze MG, Jones HE. A systematic review of the effect of reproductive intention screening in primary care settings on reproductive health outcomes. Family Practice (Accepted manuscript, 2017 Aug 11). 

    14. Jones HE, O'Connell White K, Norman WV, Guilbert E, Lichtenberg, ES, Paul, M. First trimester medication abortion practice in the United States and Canada. PLoS One (Accepted Manuscript, 2017 Sept xx)  

    15. Burgess C, Henning P, Norman WV, Manzed M, & H, Jonesa. A systematic review of the effect of reproductive intention screening in primary care settings on reproductive health outcomes. Family Practice, 2017, 1–10.


    Bayer (Canada) Inc. Investigator Sponsored Study Immediate vs. Interval Insertion of Mirena Intrauterine System after Second Trimester Abortion; April 2010 – December 2014.

    Society of Family Planning (SFP); Large Research Grant Contraception satisfaction and effectiveness post abortion: A Randomized Controlled Trial. July 2010 – October 2013.

    CIHR; Open operating Grant Better Contraceptive Choices for Marginalized Women: Immediate vs Interval Insertion of IUC after Second Trimester Abortion. October 2010 – March 2015.

    UBC; TLEF VIP-CARES: Creating and Evaluating – Interprofessional Virtual Patient Cases in Family Planning Topics. April 2012 – March 2013.

    WHRI (BC): Sue Harris Family Practice Research Grant Contraception in Canada: Patterns of use from the Canadian Community Health Survey. June 2012 – May 2013.

    CIHR: Knowledge Dissemination Events - Winter 2012 Knowledge Dissemination to Increase Access and Quality of Care for Contraception among Youth in Northern British Columbia. June 2012 – May 2013.

    CIHR: Planning Grant Defining National Sexual and Reproductive Health Indicators. November 2011 – October 2013. 

    CIHR: Planning Grant Planning to develop the research program VICToRS: Virtual Interprofessional Case-learning Tools for improving Real Service. November 2012 – October 2013.

    Society of Family Planning: Large Grant Third cross-sectional survey of abortion providers in the United States and Canada. January 2013 – December 2014. 

    CIHR: Spring 2013 Dissemination Events Competition; Contraception & Abortion in BC: Experience guiding Research Guiding Care.

    CIHR: Partnerships in Health Systems Improvements Contraception Access Research Team - Contraception Cost-effectiveness Modeling (CART-CCM). June 2013 - May 2015.

    Honours & Awards

    Darroch Award, Guttmacher Institute - for work that combines excellence in research and practical application to public policy and programs in the field of sexual and reproductive health, 2015

    Research Group Members