Denise L. Spitzer

Canada Research Chair in Gender, Migration and Health
Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Women’s Studies
FSS 5034, 120 University Private
Phone: 613-562-5800 ext. 1222
Fax: : (613) 562-5350
E-mail: dspitzer@uOottawa.ca
Web: http://socialsciences.uottawa.ca/gms-gmh/eng/

Spitzer

 

B.Sc. Biology, 1978, (University of Alberta); B.A. Chinese Language and Literature, 1991 (University of Alberta); M.A. Department of Anthropology, 1993 (University of Alberta); Ph.D. Department of Anthropology, 1998 (University of Alberta).

Biography
Dr. Denise Spitzer is the Canada Research Chair in Gender, Migration and Health in the Faculty of Social Sciences, an Associate Professor in the Institute of Women’s Studies and a Principal Scientist in the Institute of Population Health. Trained as a medical anthropologist, Dr. Spitzer is interested in the impact of marginalization on health and wellbeing and in the myriad of ways in which people and communities resist its effects. Conducting research in Southeast and Central Asia, Canada, and the Horn of Africa, she examines the complex statuses, identities, and livelihoods of gendered migrant lives in the context of neo-liberal globalization. 

Primarily employing qualitative methods—including participatory visual ethnography—and highlighting intersectionality, Dr. Spitzer’s research contributes to the development of practical strategies to promote im/migrant and refugee health and social justice for socially and economically disadvantaged peoples via the voices of community members.  Her evidence-based research contributes both to theory and to viable recommendations for more effective social programs and policies.

Research Interests
Immigrant and refugee health
Work, gender, and migrant health
Impact of neoliberal globalization on migrant health
Intersectionality
Impact of policy on immigrant and refugee health
Critical perspectives of the body
Participatory Visual Ethnography
Community-Based Research

Recent research awards, 2008-2014:

SSHRC Research Development, $195,402, Awarded to: Spitzer, D. L. with Jigjiga University, Ogaden Welfare Development Association,  (2014). The Ottawa-Ogaden Research Partnership. (2014). 

CIHR, $264,294, Awarded to: Spitzer, D. L., Grassman, J., Webber, G., Somrongthong, R., Kounnavongsa, S., Sek, S., and Kaoaiem, H.  (2014). Intersections of Gender, Work, and Health: Migrant Beer Sellers in Southeast Asia. 

CIHR, $25,000, Awarded to: Peltier, D., Prentice, T.*, Reading, C., and Spitzer, D. L. (2013). Visioning Health for Positive Aboriginal Women: Community Engaged KTE. 

CIHR, $25,000, Awarded to: Spitzer, D. L., Prentice, T.* and O’Brien, V.  (2012). Images of a Globalized World: Collaborative Visual Ethnography, Intersectionality, and Health. 

CIHR, $20,000, Awarded to: Webber, G., Spitzer, D. L. Mills, E. Poch, B. Truong, C. Kounnavongsa, S. and  Somrongthong, R. (2011). Improving Access to Reproductive Health Services for Migrant Asian Women: Research Planning Meeting.

University of Ottawa, $3,000. Awarded to Spitzer, D. L. (2011). Improving Access to Reproductive Health Services for Migrant Asian Women: Research Planning Meeting

SSHRC, $234,571. Awarded to: Stewart, M., Spitzer, D. L., Letourneau, N., Kushner, K., and Makwarimba, E.  (2011-13).  Social Support Intervention for Sudanese and Zimbabwean Refugee New Parents.

Canada Research Chairs Program, $500,000. Awarded to Spitzer, D. L. (2010-15). Gender, Migration and Health.

CIHR, $2,000,000, Awarded to: Bourgeault, I, Labonté, R., Tomblin Murphy, G., Spitzer, D. L., Walton-Roberts, M., + collaborators. (2010-14). Source Country Perspectives on the Migration of Highly Trained Personnel: Causes, Consequences and Responses.

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), $63,080, Awarded to: Spitzer, D. L. Hyman, I., Labonté, R., Hadi, A., Rasouli, M., Galabuzzi, G-E., and Patychuk, D. (2010). Exploring the Experiences of Socially and Economically Disadvantaged People in Canada: Qualitative Analysis.

CIHR, $100,000, Awarded to: Webber, G., Spitzer, D. L. Mills, E. Poch, B. Truong, C. Kounnavongsa, S. and  Somrongthong, R. (2010). The Context of Primary Health Care Access in Southeast Asia: A Comparative Study of the Faciliators and Barriers to Sexual and Reproductive Health of Migrant Women in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

CIHR, $15,000, Awarded to: Hankivsky, O., Benoit, C., Moretti, M., Morrow, M., and Spitzer, D. L. (2010). Canada-U.S. Gender and Health Research Group: Developing a Collaborative Research Program in Gender, Sex, and Health.

CIHR (Banting and Best), $50,000, Awarded to Greenwood, H.* and Spitzer, D. L. (2010). Negotiating and Constructing Place: Immigrant Women’s Experiences Seeking Reproductive Health Information, Services and Support.

Ottawa ACADRE, $50,000, Awarded to  Prentice, T.* and Spitzer, D. L. (2009). Visioning Health: An Arts-Informed Approach to Understanding Culture and Gender as Determinants of Health for Aboriginal Women Living with HIV/AIDS. 

CIHR, $25,000 and IDRC, $25,000, Awarded to Webber, G. and Spitzer, D. L. (2009). The Sexual and Reproductive Health of Asian Beer Promotion Women: Defining the Research Agenda.  

CIHR, $2,000,000, Awarded to Andersson, N., Sioui, G., Spitzer, D. L. + 16 co-investigators. (2009-2014). CIHR Centre for Intercultural Research on Prevention of Gender Violence.

SSHRC, $155,000, Awarded to Spitzer, D. L. (2008-11). Transnational Families in Transition: Filipino Families, Canadian Issues.

SSHRC Image, Text, Sound & Technology Grant, $36,000. Awarded to Spitzer, D. L., Andrew, C. and Kérisit, M. (2008-9). Picture This . . . Migrant Lives, Healthy Lives.

CIHR, $100,000, Awarded to Dubois, L., Spitzer, D. L., Prudhomme, D., and Tremblay, R. (2008-10). Social

Inequalities, Health Behaviours and Obesity in Childhood: A Comparative Analysis for Boys and Girls.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada, $6,000  Awarded to Spitzer, D. L. (2008). Live-In Caregivers in Canada: Gendered Barriers: A Literature Review.

National Institutes of Health Government of Malaysia, $30,000.   Awarded to Spitzer, D. L. and

Subramaniam, T. (2008-9). Foreign Domestic Workers in Malaysia: Exploring the Intersections of Gender, Migration and Health.

Ontario Trillium Foundation, $65,000. Awarded to Hole, D., Krisjansson, E., Spitzer, D. L., Sylvestre, J. and Sawada, M. (2008-9). My Neighbourhood, My Voice.

CIHR, $25,000. Awarded to Robillard, C.*, Labonté, R., Schrecker, T., Spitzer, D. L., and Stoebenau, K. (2008-9). Canada’s Global Commitment and Investment in Health of Women in Trafficking in LMICs.

Recent Publications, 2008-2014:

Articles: Peer-Reviewed

“The Strategies for an Organizational Self-Assessment of Diversity-Inclusiveness of Policy and Practice in a Hospital Setting.”  (2014).  Reitmanova, S.* and. Spitzer, D. L. Journal of Hospital Administration. 3(3): 81-90.  www.sciedu.ca/jha

“Inequities in Diabetes Outcome Among Urban First Nation and Métis Communities: Can Addressing Diversities in Preventative Services Make a Difference?” Ghosh, H.* and. Spitzer, D. L. (2014) International Indigenous Policy Journal  5(1). http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/iipj/vol5/iss1/2

“Community Health Workers in Canada: Innovative Approaches to Health Promotion Outreach and Community Development Among Immigrant and Refugee Populations.” (2013).  Torres, S.*, Spitzer, D. L.. Labonté, R., Amaratunga, C., and Andrew, C. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management 36(4): 305-318.

“The Need for Engendering Health Research of Tuberculosis in Canada: Making (In)Visible Minority Foreign-Born Women Truly Visible.”  (2013).  Reitmanova, S.* and. Spitzer, D. L. Women’s Health and Urban Life 12(2): 1-14.

“Working With, Working Through: Towards Equitable Partnerships in Health Research.” (2012). Spitzer, D. L. The Philippine Journal of Nursing 82:15-20.

“Migrant Beer Promoters’ Experiences Accessing Reproductive Health Care in in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam: Lessons for Planners and Providers.” (2012). Webber, G., Spitzer, D. L., Somrongthong, R., Dat, T. C., and Kounnavongsa, S. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health. DOI: 10.1177/1010539512449854.

“Facilitators and Barriers to Accessing Reproductive Health Care for Beer Promoters in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam: A Mixed Methods Study.” (2012). Webber, G., Spitzer, D. L., Somrongthong, R., Dat, T. C., and Kounnavongsa, S. Globalization and Health 8:21. DOI:10.1186/1744-8603-8-21.

“Challenges and Barriers to Services for Immigrant Seniors in Canada: “You are among others, but you feel alone.” Stewart, M. J., Shizha, E., Makwarimba, E., Spitzer, D. L., Khalema, E., and Nsaliwa, C.  (2011). International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care 7(1): 16-32. *Emerald Literati Network Outstanding Paper Award Winner 2012.

“Limited Official Language Proficiency and Decline in Self-Reported Health Status: A Dynamic View from the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada.” Ng, E., Pottie, K., and Spitzer, D. L. (2011). Health Reports 22(4): 1-9.

“The Global Financial Crisis: Wither Women’s Health?” Mohindra, K.*, Labonté, R. and Spitzer, D. L. (2011). Critical Public Health 14 June: 1-15.

“Where There’s Smoke, There’s Stress: Low-Income Women Identify Support Needs and Preferences for Smoking Reduction.“ Kushner, K., Stewart, M. J., Greaves, L., Letourneau, N., Boscoe, M. and Spitzer, D. L. (2011). Health Care for Women International 32: 359-383.

“Impacts of a Support Intervention for Low Income Women Smokers.“ Stewart, M. J., Kushner, K., Greaves, L., Letourneau, N., Boscoe, M. and Spitzer, D. L. (2010). Social Science & Medicine 71: 1901-1909.

“The Sexual and Reproductive Health of Southeast Asian Beer Promoters: A Qualitative Pilot Study. Webber, G. and Spitzer, D. L. (2010). BMC Public Health 10, 389. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-10-389.

“Social Support: Immigrants’ and Refugees’ Perspectives.“ Stewart, M. J., Makwarimba, E., Beiser, M., Neufeld, A., Simich, L., and Spitzer, D. L. (2010). Diversity in Health Care 7(2): 91-103.

 “There’s A Way Out for Me: Insights from a Social Support Intervention for Low Income Women Smokers.” (2010). Stewart, M. J., Kushner, K., Makwarimba, E, Spitzer, D. L. Letourneau, N., Greaves, L and Boscoe, M. Women’s Health and Urban Life 9(2): 1-21.

 “Language Proficiency, Gender and Self-Reported Health: An Analysis of the First Two Waves of the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada.” Pottie, K., Ng, E., Spitzer, D. L., Mohammed, A., and Glazier, R. (2008). Canadian Journal of Public Health Nov/Dec: 505-510.

“Multicultural Meanings of Social Support among Immigrants and Refugees.“ Stewart, M. J., Makwarimba, E., Beiser, M., Neufeld, A., Simich, L. and Spitzer, D. L. (2008). International Migration 46(3): 123-159.

Engendering Migrant Health: Canadian Perspectives. (2011). Spitzer, D. L., ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.


Chapters: Peer-Reviewed

“From Temporary Worker to Resident: The LCP and its Impact Through an Intersectional Lens.” (2012). Torres, S.*, Spitzer, D. L., Hughes, K., Oxman-Martinez, and Hanley, J. In Legislated Inequality: Temporary Foreign Migrants in Canada, edited by P. Lenard and C. Straehle, Ottawa: McGIll-Queen’s University Press. Pp. 227-244.

“Oppression and Im/migrant Health in Canada.” (2012). Spitzer, D. L In Oppression and Health, edited by E. McGibbon. Halifax: Fernwood Press. Pp. 113-122.

“Work, Worries and Weariness: Towards an Embodied and Engendered Migrant Health.” (2011). Spitzer, D. L.  In Engendering Migrant Health: Canadian Perspectives, edited by D. L Spitzer.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Pp. 23-39.

“Engendering Migrant Health in Canada.” (2011). Spitzer, D. L.  In Engendering Migrant Health: Canadian Perspectives, edited by D. L Spitzer.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Pp. 3-20.

“Engendering Migrant Health: Final Reflections.” (2011). Spitzer, D. L.  In Engendering Migrant Health: Canadian Perspectives, edited by D. L Spitzer. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Pp. 245-249.

“Cultures of Menopause: Biomedical Perspectives, Women’s Perspectives.” (2011). Spitzer, D. L. In New Studies on the Interaction of Culture and Medicine, E. Waugh, R. Crutcher and O. Szafran. eds. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press. Pp. 209-226.

“Women and Poverty.” (2011). Spitzer, D. L. In Gendered Intersections: A Collection of Readings for Women’s and Gender Studies, 2nd edition. C. Lesley Biggs and Pamela J. Downe, eds. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing. Pp. 119-124.

“Challenges Faced by Immigrant Seniors in Canada.” (2010). Makwarimba, E., Stewart, M.J., Shizha, E., Spitzer, D. L., Khalema, E. and Nsaliwa, C. In Diversity in Aging Among Immigrant Seniors in Canada, D. Durst and M. Maclean, eds. Calgary: Delselig Enterprises Ltd. Pp. 205-226.

“Crossing Cultural and Bodily Boundaries of Migration and Menopause.” (2009). Spitzer, D. L. In Crossing Cultural Boundaries, L. Hernandez and S. Krajewski, eds. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Pp. 148-158.

“Policy (In) Action: Policy-Making, Health and Migrant Women.” (2009). Spitzer, D. L. In Racialized Immigrant Women in Canada: Essays on Health, Violence and Equity, V. Agnew, ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, Pp. 137-162.

“Ayurvedic Tourism in Kerala: Local Identities and Global Markets.” (2008). Spitzer, D. L.  In Asia on Tour: The Rise of the Asian Tourist, T. Winter, P. Teo and T. C. Lee, eds. London: Routledge/Curzon Press, Pp. 138-150.

Recent Reports/Working Papers, 2008-2014

Exploring the Experiences of Socially and Economically Disadvantaged People in Canada: Qualitative Analysis. (2012). Spitzer, D. L. Rasouli, M., Hyman, I., Galabuzzi, G-E., Hadi, A., Mercado, R. and Patychuk, D. Ottawa: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. 120 pages.

Transnational Transitions: Filipino Migrant Workers and Canada’s Live-In Caregiver Program. (2011). Spitzer, D. L.  Hong Kong: Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong, Working Paper No. 116, 23 pages.

Live-In Caregivers in Rural and Small City Alberta. (2009). Spitzer, D. L.  Edmonton: PCE Working Paper. 16 pages.

Gendered Barriers to Settlement and Integration for Live-in Caregivers: A Review of the Literature. (2008). Spitzer, D. L. and Torres, S.* Toronto: CERIS Working Paper No. 71. 49 pages.

Asterisks (*) indicate my student.

 

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