Faculty & Staff


Catherine (Cathy) Carter-Snell

Position & Contact Information:
Associate Professor, School of Nursing & Midwifery


Areas of Instruction:

  • Research methods/research literacy
  • Alterations in Health
  • Adult Health
  • Violence across the lifespan (Gen Ed)
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (Cont Ed)

Related Employment History:

Dr. Carter-Snell has an extensive background as an Emergency and Intensive Care Unit nurse as well as a certified sexual assault nurse examiner. She came to MRU in 1995 to coordinate, develop and teach the first Advanced Critical Care Nursing (ACCN) Emergency certificate program and then the Forensic Studies Certificate. In 2013 she moved to the School of Nursing and Midwifery in a faculty role as well as the Faculty Scholar until 2016. She continues to teach in the nursing program and in 2017 also assumed the interim role as Research Development Officer for the Faculty of Health, Community and Education.  

Scholarly Interests:  (include as many things as you can – keywords are searchable and will support higher likelihood of search engine hits)
Dr. Carter-Snell’s main program of research is focused on prevention of violence and early effective intervention to reduce the consequences of violence. Particular areas of interest are intimate partner violence (dating, domestic) and sexual assault. She has developed and evaluated multidisciplinary training programs for delivery of trauma-informed sexual assault services, predictive models of risks for injury with sexual assault, injury classification scales (e.g. BALD STEP), and co-developed a dating violence prevention program. She was recognized in 2017 as one of 150 Difference Makers in Mental Health in Canada for her sexual assault training program and its’ impact on reduction of mental health consequences and an international award for her injury research.  Another area of inquiry is on male victims of childhood sexual abuse and of intimate partner violence.  Her research methods include quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods and experience with advanced statistics and analytic software programs such as SPSS, Stata, and NVivo.

Another area of interest is student preparedness for practice. Topics include NCLEX preparation, curriculum development and relation to NCLEX, as well as objective methods for screening applicants for nursing school.

Community Service Interests:

Expert witness, Sexual assault and injury identification- Court of Queen’s Bench, Alberta Provincial Court
Director, Canadian Centre for Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Chair- Treatment Advisory Committee, Canadian Centre for Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Member, Calgary Domestic Violence Collective (CDVC)

Scope and Standards Subcommittee, International Association of Forensic Nurses

Recent Publications:  

American Nurses Association and International Association of Forensic Nurses (2017) Forensic nursing: Scope and standards of practice (2nd ed).   Elkridge, MD: IAFN (contributor).  ISBN-13: 978-1558102651

Kostouros, P., Warthe, G. & Carter-Snell, C. (2016). Stepping Up: A Focus on Facilitator Development, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice 53(2):1-12. DOI: 10.1080/19496591.2016.1143831.

Carter-Snell, C. (2016). Violence in Societies (Chapter 28).  In Yui, L & Dosani, A. (Ed), Community Health Nursing: A Canadian Perspective, 4th ed. Toronto: Pearson, pp 485-525.  

Carter-Snell, C. (2016). Forensic nursing in the healthcare setting (Chapter 2). In  Price, B & McGuire, K.(Eds), Core Curriculum  for  Forensic Nursing.  International Association of Forensic Nurses, pp 49-93.

Carter-Snell, C. (2015, Jan).  Dating Violence- The silent epidemic.  In Taylor, M., Pooley, J.A & Taylor, R. (eds). Overcoming domestic violence: Creating a dialogue around vulnerable populations, pp 49-65.  Australia: Nova Science.

Carter-Snell, C.J., & Jakubec, S. (2013) Exploring women’s risks and resilience to mental illness after interpersonal violence. International Journal of Child Youth and Family Studies, 4(1), 72-99.

Warthe, G., Kostouros, P., Carter-Snell, C., & Tutty, L. (2013) Stepping Up: Reducing the impact of dating violence on postsecondary students. International Journal of Child Youth and Family Studies,  4(1), 100-118.

Carter-Snell, C. (2012). Violence: Sexual assault and the forensic nurse (Chapter 9) In. (R. Constantino, P. Crane & S. Young, Ed.), Forensic Nursing: Evidence-based Principles and Practice 1st. F.A. Davis, pp 140-175.
Carter-Snell, C.J. (2011). Forensic injury assessment using BALD STEP and the RCMP sexual assault kit. Outlook, 34(1), 15-20.


  • MRU Research Showcase Working Group
  • Scholar’s Council- Faculty of Health, Community and Education
  • Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship Committee
  • Past Vice-Chair, Human Research Ethics Board
  • Past Chair, Student Human Research Ethics Board