Wendy V. Norman

Dr. Wendy V. Norman, MD, CCFP, FCFP, DTM&H, MHSc, is a professor in the Department of Family Practice, and an associate member in both the School of Population and Public Health, and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Dr. Norman is an honorary associate professor in the Faculty of Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), in London, UK.

Dr. Norman founded and leads Canada’s Contraception & Abortion Research Team (CART www.cart-grac.ubc.ca), which convenes government, health system and service decision makers with national family planning organizations, and researchers and health professionals representing a wide range of disciplines. CART aims to conduct health policy and services research to enable equitable access for populations across Canada to the knowledge, methods and services they require to time and space their pregnancies and achieve their own reproductive goals. CART research has informed federal, and provincial policies for contraception and abortion services and methods, health professional licensing policies, and national clinical guidelines.

From 2012 to 202, Dr. Norman held a Scholar Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. In 2014, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research awarded Dr. Norman the Family Planning Public Health Research Chair, a five-year award that UBC matched through to 2024. She was also awarded the prestigious Darroch Award for sexual and reproductive health policy research in January 2016 by the New York-based Guttmacher Institute.

To learn more about Dr. Norman’s research and projects, please visit The Contraception Access Research Team, Twitter, and Facebook.


University: University of British Columbia
Faculty: Medicine
Department: Family Practice
Position: Associate Professor
Research Location: Women’s Health Research Institute of the BC’s Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, Provincial Health Services Authority


320-5950 University Boulevard, Dept. Family Practice, UBC
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

Recent Publications

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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)

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)

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.

For other publications by Dr. Norman, please see PubMed.