Senior Instructor

ART 177
phone: 2508079966


Dr. Cathy Robinson’s dissertation focused on the importance of collaborative and supportive care for families of children and adolescents with eating disorders to improve recovery rates. She has continued this passion by working with community partners to develop a day treatment centre that will support children and adolescents with mental health issues including eating disorders…stay tuned.




EdD, (Doctor of Education in Nursing Practice), University of British Columbia
MSN, (Nursing Education), University of British Columbia
BSN, University of British Columbia
Nursing Diploma, Okanagan University College


UBC, Okanagan Teaching Honour Roll (2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2008 – 2009, 2010 – 2011, 2011-2012)
Award Nomination – The John F. McCreary Prize for Interprofessional Teamwork; June 2011


Teaching Interests and Responsibilities:
Cathy has taught a variety of topics and courses in the undergraduate nursing program, but her passion is:

  • Pediatric health promotion
  • Pediatric mental health
  • Pediatric eating disorders
  • Family centered care

Cathy is also an active member on Masters thesis committees.



Pediatric Health Issues/Disorders
Anorexia nervosa is a devastating disease that is having catastrophic effects on children and adolescents, and parents often feel guilty, afraid and powerless to help.  The way parents respond to anorexia, such as isolating themselves from family, friends, and professional support is thought to influence the progress of the illness.  My research is focused on early intervention and family support to enhance the healing trajectory.  I have presented my qualitative research at several conferences and have also been an invited guest speaker at both eating disorder centers and mental health conferences to discuss the importance of family support.  I have authored/edited a book titled “A Melody of Hope: Surviving Your Daughter’s Eating Disorder” in order to provide support, hope and resources to mothers who have a daughter with an eating disorder.  The goal of my doctoral dissertation was to contribute to new knowledge on the importance of collaborative and supportive care for families of children and adolescents with eating disorders to improve recovery rates.

  • Whiteley, R., Gillespie, J., Robinson, C., Watts, W., & Carter, D. (2014). Effective Teaching and Learning in Interprofessional Education in Child Welfare. Journal of Education and Training Studies, 2 (4) 148-158. doi:10.1114/jets.v2i4.427
  • Robinson, Cathy. (2011). Eating and health related disorders. In J.W. Andrews and P. Istanffy (Eds), Exceptional Life Journeys: Stories of Childhood Disorder. Massachusetts, USA: Elsevier
  • Robinson, Cathy. (2011). A melody of hope: surviving your daughter’s eating disorder. Bloomington, IN, USA: IUniverse, Inc.
  • Robinson, Cathy P. (2009). Teaching and clinical educator competency: Bringing two worlds together. International Nursing Education Scholarship: Vol. 6: Iss.1, Article 20. (p 1-14), doi:10.2202/1548-923X.1793