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Faculty Member

Denise Gastaldo

Email Address(es)
Centre for Global Health
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Associate Professor
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status
Non budgtry Crss
Currently Accepting Doctoral Students?

Research Interests

Migration and gender as social determinants of health

Denise Gastaldo, associate professor and former director of the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.  Dr. Gastaldo’s academic work explores health as a social phenomenon. She focuses on how health is produced through social, political and economic processes, exploring migration and gender as social determinants of health, both in Canada and internationally. In her capacity as CCQHR academic fellow, she has hosted visiting scholars and worked with numerous doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows undertaking interdisciplinary qualitative health research in several countries. Dr. Gastaldo has also introduced global health as a core component of the graduate nursing curriculum and has made great strides in building capacity for international health research and education. In 2019, she received a Honorary Doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa) from the Universidade da Coruna, Spain in recognition of this work. For instance, she founded the International Nursing PhD Collaboration that involves nursing faculties in Canada, Spain, Mexico, Australia and Finland. Presently, Dr. Gastaldo collaborates with graduate programs in the Federal University of Ceara, University of Brasilia, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil and with scholars in Spain and several Latin American countries.