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Alisa Grigorovich, PhD

Alisa Grigorovich, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

550 University Avenue, Suite 11-175
Toronto, ON M5G 2A2
TEL: (416) 597-3422, ext. 7716


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Alisa Grigorovich is a postdoctoral fellow in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. In her research she uses critical theories (e.g. feminist political economy, queer theory, philosophies of embodiment) and qualitative (e.g. case study, interviews, discourse analysis) and mixed methods to capture how political, economic and cultural systems and processes intersect to shape the lived experiences of diverse care-receivers and care-givers within health systems. She also uses these theories and methods to examine and to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions about aging, sexuality and gender that are embedded in cultural representations, social policies, philosophies and care practices.

Her scholarship is inter-disciplinary and intersectional, and draws on feminist theory, cultural studies, and sexuality studies. In her doctoral work, Alisa used feminist political economy and case study methodology to explore issues of equity and quality in the Ontario home care system using the case of older lesbian and bisexual women. Currently, in her postdoctoral research, she is applying a feminist political economy lens, along with ethnographic methodology, to explore care workers’ experiences of unwanted sexual attention from residents who live in long-term care. This work is supported by an Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Broadly her research interests include: politics of care; health equity; public policy and ethics; cultural imaginaries of sexuality and gender; critical social science. 

Sample Publications

Grigorovich, A. and P. Kontos. Advancing an ethic of embodied relational sexuality to guide decision-making in dementia care. The Gerontologist, published online December 7, 2016 doi:10.1093/geront/gnw137

Stergiou-Kita, M., Grigorovich, A, Damianakis, T., Le Dorze, G., David, C., Lemsky, C.,  Hebert, D.The Big Sell: Managing stigma and workplace discrimination following moderate to severe brain injury. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, Accepted.

Kontos, P, Grigorovich, A., Kontos, A., Miller, K. L. Citizenship, human rights, and dementia: Towards a new embodied relational ethic of sexuality. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice 2016; 15(3): 315-329.

Stergiou-Kita, M., Grigorovich, A., Dawson, D., Bottari, C., Hebert, D. Do current vocational evaluation practices in traumatic brain injury align with best practices? Strengths, challenges and recommendations. British Journal of Occupational Therapy 2016; 79(5):309-322.

Grigorovich, A. Quality of care in home care settings: older lesbian and bisexual women’s perspectives. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences 2016; 30(1):108–116.

Grigorovich, A., Rittenberg, N., Dick, T., Duross, A., Abbott, A., Kmielauskas, A., Estioko, V., Kulasingham, S., Cameron, J.I. The roles and coping strategies of sons caring for a parent with dementia. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 2016; 70(1):1-9.

Grigorovich, A. Negotiating sexuality in home care: older lesbian and bisexual women’s experiences in home care. Culture, Health, & Sexuality 2015; 17(8):947-61.

Grigorovich, A. Restricted access: older lesbian and bisexual women’s experiences with home care services. Research on Aging 2015; 37(7):763-83.

Grigorovich, A. Pregnant with meaning: An analysis of media and online response to Thomas Beatie and his pregnancy. In Margaret F Gibson (Ed.) Queering Maternity and Motherhood: Narrative and Theoretical Perspectives on Queer Conception, Birth and Parenting. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2015.

Grigorovich, A. Long-term care for older lesbian and bisexual women: an analysis of current research and policy. Social Work in Public Health 2013; 28(6): 596-606.