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CQ holds Extra-Departmental Unit C (EDU-C) status and works under the dean of Dalla Lana School of Public Health. 


The director of CQ is Dr. Denise Gastaldo, Associate Professor, in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Dr. Gastaldo served as CQ associate director from 2009 to 2014, has taught hundreds of health sciences graduate students in methodology since 1999 and has supervised more than a dozen PhD students. Her research focuses on the health consequences of social inequity and examines how discourses, power relations and economic circumstances shape people’s health promotion opportunities. For the last 20 years, Gastaldo has worked internationally to build capacity for health research and to develop critical, equitable approaches to produce transformative knowledge to achieve health for all. 

The associate director of CQ is Dr. Brenda Gladstone, Assistant Professor, in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Dr. Gladstone is Adjunct Scientist in the Child and Youth Mental Health Research Unit at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto where she carried out SSHRC and CIHR funded studies since 1999. Brenda is recognized internationally for her innovative research with young people. She uses multi-method qualitative, arts-based and participatory approaches to bring young people’s perspectives into critical debates about their health and social care needs by engaging families, clinicians, educators and other decision makers in an integrated knowledge creation and translation process.   

Founding Director

From 2009 to 2014, Dr. Joan Eakin, now Professor Emerita in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, was the founding director. 

Contributing Partners

- The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

- The Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

- The Rehabilitation Sciences Institute

- The Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education

- Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Advisory Board

CQ’s Advisory Board provides oversight and guidance to the director regarding 1) the needs of the qualitative research community and the health sciences academic community and 2) initiatives to enhance the Centre’s contribution to research and education. Board members in 2016-2017 included:  Dr. Ellen MacEachen (University of Waterloo), Dr. Eric Mykhalovskiy (York University), Dr. Mathieu Albert (Wilson Centre), Dr. Heather Boon (Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto). Dr. Azucena Pedraz Marcos (international visiting professor, Spain) has been invited to join the May 2017 meeting of the CQ Advisory Board to add an international perspective to the Board. 

The centre acknowledges contributions from the previous members of the Advisory Board: Jessica Polzer, University of Western Ontario (2012-2014), Brian Hodges, Wilson Centre, University of Toronto (2010-2012), Katherine Boydell (Hospital for Sick Children).