Kathleen Leslie, PhD, JD, RN

Assistant Professor



  • Ph.D. University of Torontoo
  • J.D. University of Western Ontario
  • B.Sc.N., University of Western Ontario

Scholarship and Research Interests

  • Health law and policy
  • Professional regulation
  • Scopes of practice
  • Nursing jurisprudence
  • Health systems
  • Nursing ethics
  • Qualitative research

Recent Research Funding

  • Principal investigator:
  • Co-investigator:
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant (2020-2023): Ageism in A.I.: Exploring the Social and Ethical Implications of Age-Based Bias in Artificially Intelligent Systems (C. Chu, PI)
  • Professional Licenses

    • Lead of the governance and regulation theme of the Canadian Health Workforce Network
    • Adjunct assistant professor, School of Health Studies, Western University
    • Registered Nurse (Alberta and Ontario)
    • Lawyer (Ontario)

    Recent Publications

    Leslie, K., Benoit, C., Freeman, A., & Bourgeault, I.L. (2021). Advancing regulatory coordination: The regulatory amalgamation for nursing and midwifery in British Columbia. Health Reform Observer [accepted].

    Leslie, K., Moore, J., Robertson, C., Bilton, D., Hirschkorn, K., Langelier, M.H., & Bourgeault, I.L. (2021). Regulating Health Professional Scopes of Practice: Comparing Institutional Arrangements & Approaches in the US, Canada, Australia & the UK. Human Resources for Health. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12960-020-00550-3

    Leslie, K. (2020). Expanding the scope of practice for nurses and other health care professionals involved in immunization. In J. Lapum, O. St-Amant, & V. Dubey (Eds.), Vaccine Practice for Health Professionals: First Canadian Edition. Pressbooks. https://ecampusontario.pressbooks.pub/immunizations/

    Leslie, K., & Nelson, S. (2018). Mandatory reporting of health professional incompetence and incapacity: Is it time for Ontario to adopt the Australian regime? Nursing Leadership, 31(3), 8-19. doi:10.12927/cjnl.2018.25682

    Leslie, K., Nelson, S., Deber, R., & Gilmour, J. (2018). Policy tensions in regulatory reform: Changes to regulation of health professions in Australia, the United Kingdom, and Ontario, Canada. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 8(4), 32-42. http://doi.org/c58n

    Leslie, K., & Nelson, S. (2017). Ensuring proactive regulatory initiatives align with the public interest. Healthcare Papers, 16(4), 44-49. doi:10.12927/cjnl.2012.22964

    Regan, S., Orchard, C., Khalili, H., Brunton, L., & Leslie, K. (2015). Legislating interprofessional collaboration: Policy analysis of health professional regulatory legislation. Journal of Interprofessional Collaboration, 29(4), 359-64. http://doi.org/c58m

    Research Opportunities for Graduate Students:

    Engage in Dr. Leslie’s research program through your thesis program or independent study in areas including health law, policy analysis, professional regulation, scopes of practice, continuing competency, health systems reform, and ethics.