F. Beryl Pilkington

Associate Professor

Professor Emerita

Email address(es):


Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Nursing


PhD - 1997
School of Nursing, Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, IL

MScN - 1987
Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON


Beryl practiced nursing as a staff nurse (Labour & Deliver) and Clinical Nurse Specialist (maternal-newborn and women's health) before serving as a CUSO ‘cooperant’ in Nigeria at a treatment centre for women with obstetric fistulae. She earned a BScN  (Western University), MScN (University of Toronto), and a PhD in Nursing (Loyola University Chicago). Prior to her academic appointment, she worked at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre for three years as a Nurse Researcher. She held a faculty appointment in the School of Nursing at York from 1999 - 2021, when she retired.

Her research focused on quality of life, social determinants of health, resilience, loss and grieving, and other lived experiences with populations including persons with diabetes living on a low income, people living in a marginalized neighbourhood, mothers experiencing perinatal loss, women with gynecologic cancer, women in an abusive relationship, persons living with stroke, and older persons living in long-term care.

An IDRC-funded project (2014-2016) focused on community health in the refugee context in Dadaab, Kenya. The project was affiliated with the CIDA-funded project, "Borderless Higher Education for Refugees," under the auspices of York's Cenre for Refugee Studies.

Scholarly interests include health system and nursing capacity development in LMICs through expanded access to post-graduate education in nursing.

Selected Publications

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 & Addictions. Doi:  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-019-00177-z

Danhoundo, G., Pilkington, B., & Nasiri, K. (2019): What happens during antenatal visits? An ethnographic study of pregnant women’s experiences with midwives in Benin. Women & Health, DOI: 10.1080/03630242.2019.1590494. [https://doi.org/10.1080/03630242.2019.1590494]

Johnston, N., Pilkington, F. B., & Khanlou, N. (2018). Youth resilience and social capital in a disadvantaged neighborhood: A constructionist interpretive approach. In S. Pashang, N. Khanlou, & J. Clarke (Eds.) Youth and Mental Health - Hope, Power, and Resilience (pp. 393-409). New York: Springer.

Mbai, I., Mangeni, J., Abuelaish, I., & Pilkington, F. B. (2017). Community health worker training and education in a refugee context. In A L. Fymat & J. Kapalanga (Eds.), Science Research and Education in Africa (Chapter 13, 20 pages). Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Mitchell, G. J., Pilkington, F. B., & Daiski, I. (2017). Complexity-based pedagogy for e-learning: Description of emergence in a graduate nursing program. Open Journal of Nursing, 7, 222-241. https://doi.org/10.4236/ojn.2017.72019


Lee, T. Y., Ho, G. & Pilkington, B. (2017) Colorectal cancer prevention in new immigrant women: A pilot study of an educational program to fortify food literacy and physical activity. Journal of Scientific Research and Reports, 17(5), 1-8. http://www.sciencedomain.org/issue/3312

Singh, M. D., Patrick, L., & Pilkington, B. (2016). An exploration of the pre-tenure and tenure process: Experiences of Canadian nursing faculty. Quality Advancement in Nursing Education.

Mitchell, G.J., Pilkington, B., Jonas-Simpson, C.M., Daiski, I., Cross, N.L., Johnston, N., O'Grady, C.P., Peisachovich, E.H., & Tang, S.Y. (2016). Nursing education and complexity pedagogy: Faculty experiences with an e-learning platform. Journal of Nursing Education & Practice, 6(5), 60-68.  ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

Pilkington, F. B. Mbai, I., & Abuelaish, I. (July 31, 2016). Researching the Gap between the Existing and Potential Community Health Worker Education and Training in the Refugee Context: An Intersectoral Approach. Final Technical Report, IDRC Grant No. 107467-00020799-030. http://www.bher.org/2016/11/04/researching-the-gap/

Pilkington, F. B., Mbai, I., Mangeni, J., & Abuelaish. (August 2016). An Education Model for Building Health Care Capacity in Protracted Refugee Contexts. Policy Brief, IDRC Grant No. 107467-00020799-030. http://www.bher.org/2016/11/04/idrc-policy-brief/

Mangeni, J., Pilkington, F. B., Mbai, I., & Abuelaish, I. (August 2016). Community Health Worker Training and Utilization in a Protracted Refugee Context. Policy Brief, IDRC Grant No. 107467-00020799-030. http://hdl.handle.net/10625/55840  

Khanlou, N. & Pilkington, F. B. (Eds.) (2015). Women’s mental health. Resistance and resilience in community and society. [24 chapters, 390 pages] New York: Springer.

Khanlou, N. & Pilkington, F. B. (2015). Introduction: A systems approach to women’s mental health. In N. Khanlou & F. B. Pilkington (Eds.) (2015). Women’s mental health. Resistance and resilience in community and society. [24 chapters, 390 pages] New York: Springer.

Other Research Outputs

Service/Community Activities

York University
Coordinator, Global Health BA/BSc program, 2014-2020


Teaching Award - 2009
Faculty of Health


Currently available to supervise graduate students: No

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: No

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: No

Current Research

Research Projects

Researching the Gap between the Existing and Potential Community Health Worker Education and Training in the Refugee Context: An Intersectoral Approach
Investigated community health worker training, effectiveness and utilization in Dadaab, Kenya, to determine the potential for adapting health education curricula from the partner organizations (Moi University, Kenya; York University, Canada) to the refugee context. Researchers from York U, the University of Toronto (Canada), and Moi U (Kenya), and refugee community researchers collaborated in conducting the field research.
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $60000
Year Funded: 2014
Duration: 2
Funded by: International Development Research Centre

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Beryl F. Pilkington