Julia Challinor, PhD RNNursing Consultant

Julia Challinor, RN, PhD, MA in Education and MS in Med Anthropology, is a graduate of Wheelock College, MA; SFSU, CA; UCSF, CA; and University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. A former teacher, Julia was the Educational Liaison for children with cancer and those who had survived their disease at the University of California, San Francisco from 1993-2003. From 1994-2006, she also headed A Tomorrow for Children Foundation and worked in partnership with pediatric oncology centers across Latin America.


For the last 20+ years as an international nursing consultant with a medical anthropological perspective, Julia has sought to strengthen nursing resources and opportunities in countries with limited resources. Julia serves as Chair of the APHON International Task Force and co-Chair of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Pediatric Oncology in Developing Countries (PODC) Committee. She was awarded the 2017 ONS Award for International Contributions in Cancer Care.

Julia’s current professional focus is mentorship of nurses caring for children with cancer in Ethiopia and other low- and middle-income countries. She collaborates with local nurses to consider the needs of the children, adolescents and parents and to develop an interconnected multidisciplinary approach to cancer care that includes nurses and parents as key partners.