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. Brenda teaches graduate courses on the theoretical foundations of qualitative methodology, and qualitative analysis and interpretation to students in the health sciences. She is recognized internationally for her innovative research with young people. Her program of research examines intergenerational experiences of mental health and illness, an important determinant of Canadian families’ mental health and wellbeing, focusing on parental mental illnesses. Brenda 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.
From 2009 to 2014, Dr. Joan Eakin, now Professor Emerita in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, was the founding director.
CQ is an extra-departmental unit located in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Several other health sciences faculties and departments at the University of Toronto make financial or in-kind contributions towards supporting CQ’s research and educational activities. For the 2016-17 year, these partners include:
- The Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
- The Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
- Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
- Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
- Rehabilitation Sciences Institute
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). Adjunct fellows Dr. Azucena Pedraz Marcos (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Dr. Alex Branco Fraga (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul) joined the CQ advisory board to add an international perspective in May of 2018.
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).