Dr. Naomi Thulien is a nurse practitioner and researcher committed to working with the community – including youth with lived expertise – to tackle the social structural inequities that cause and perpetuate youth homelessness. She has a particular interest in critical social theory and community-based research methodology. Dr. Thulien is an Assistant Professor (Status-Only) at the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
In May 2021, Dr. Thulien co-founded Breakwater Foundation – a non-profit organization that provides rent subsidies, education bursaries, and primary health care to young women who have experienced homelessness. Dr. Thulien practices clinically at the Breakwater Foundation clinic and Covenant House Toronto – Canada’s largest agency for young people with current and past experiences of homelessness and sex trafficking.