You are here

Cathy McPhalen

thINK Editing Inc.

Edmonton, AB T6G 1R8
Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Certification (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Conference (2016)
  • Prairie Provinces Branch (2014, 2015)
  • Training and Development (2015, 2016, 2017)


Communicating your research to all your readers: experts, grant reviewers, policy makers, patients, donors, and others.

I edit and write for public and specialist audiences, in health & medical sciences, natural sciences, & engineering. PhD in biochemistry. My clients draw on my expertise to communicate their research to many types of audiences, from grant reviewers to patients to policy makers.

My clients have a broad spectrum of editing and writing needs. If you need any (or all) of my skills, please email me at

Do you need to maximize clarity of your documents for your diverse readers?

Are you adapting your documents for specific audiences such as donors, health care patients or government policy makers?

Do you need an editor with an academic science and health background, as a 'second set of eyes' in checking your documents for smooth logical flow and understandability?

Do you need help to untangle snarled sentences and express yourself succinctly to your readers?

Does your paper, report or grant application need to be shortened or more clearly organized to fit in all of your crucial information?

My clients work in varied health and science fields, in demanding environments with tight schedules and often with large teams of diverse stakeholders. My familiarity with research needs and my ability to deliver projects on time gives you an independent and professional partner in your work. 

My academic background is in biomedical research and teaching. I hold a PhD in biochemistry, a BSc (Honours) in chemistry and a BA in economics and psychology.

Beyond editing and writing, I develop resources and teach workshops and webinars in university-based projects to assist researchers applying for grant funding.

How can we apply my skills to your editing or writing project? Please email me at

Professional associations:

Editors Canada

Editorial Freelancers Association

American Medical Writers Association

Essential Skills Certificate, American Medical Writers Association

Compostition & Publication Certificate, American Medical Writers Association

Keywords: academic, academic grant, annual report, application, applications, article, articles, biochemistry, biology, biological, biomedical, CFI, chemistry, chemical, CIHR, clear communication, clinical, Genome Canada, grant, grants, grantsmanship, health, health literacy, journal, journal article, journals, medical, medicine, NCE, NSERC, paper, papers, patient facing, plain language, proposal, proposals, report, reports, research, research paper, review, reviews, science, sciences, scientific, technical, web, white paper. 


Editorial Skills

  • Abstracting
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Plain language
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Abstracts
  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Government materials, general
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Reports, other


  • Earth sciences
  • Ecology and environment
  • Engineering
  • Health
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • Industry and technology, general
  • Life sciences
  • Medicine
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Physical and chemical sciences
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Sciences, general
  • Technology