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Faculty Member

Winston Husbands PhD (University of Western Ontario); BA, MPhil (University of the West Indies, Kingston JA)

Email Address(es)
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Adjunct Professor
SGS Status
Associate (Restricted) Member
Appointment Status
Status Only
Currently Accepting Doctoral Students?

Research Interests

My research and related knowledge development address (a) how health and wellbeing among Black communities emerge in the context of structural disadvantage, and (b) community-based, self-determined approaches to understanding and promoting health among Black Canadian communities. My research activities have examined sexual health, structural violence and health, health and social justice, and community-engaged research.

Professional Summary & Appointments

I have been involved in research, capacity building and related activities to strengthen the response to HIV among Black communities since the mid-199Os. Initially, I volunteered with the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention. Since then I have been Director of Research at the AIDS Committee of Toronto and a Senior Scientist at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (retired 2021). I was also a founding co-Chair of the African and Caribbean Council on HIV and AIDS in Ontario.

Honours & Awards

CAHR-CANFAR Excellence in HIV Research Award for Community-based Research, 2018.

Current Research Projects

No research projects currently in progress.

Representative Publications

Husbands, W., Lawson, D., Etowa, E., Mbuagbaw, L., Baidoobonso, S., Tharao, W., Yaya, S., Nelson, L., Aden, M., Etowa, J. (2022). Black Canadians’ exposure to everyday racism: implications for health system access and health promotion among urban Black communities. Journal of Urban Health.

Antabe, R., Robinson, K., Husbands, W., Miller, D., Harriott, A., Johnson, K., Wong, J., Poon, M., Kirya J., James, C. et al (2022). “You have to make it cool”: how heterosexual Black men in Toronto, Canada, conceptualize policy and programs to address HIV and promote health. PLoS ONE 17(12): e0278600.

Etowa, J., Tharao, W., Mbuagbaw, L., Baidoobonso, S. Hyman, I., Obiorah, S., Aden, M., Etowa, E., Gebremeskel, A., Kihembo, M., Nelson, L., Husbands, W. (2022). Community perspectives on addressing and responding to HIV-testing, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) among African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) People in Ontario, Canada. BMC Public Health.

Antabe, R., Miller, D., Kohoun, B., Okunufua, O., Husbands, W. (2021). Black resilience: a strategic asset for engaging heterosexual Black Canadian men in community responses to HIV. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.

Husbands, W., Nakamwa, J., Tharao, W., Greenspan, N., Calzavara, L., Sathiyamoorthy, T., Muchenje-Marisa, M., Arnold, K., Browne, O., Kerr, J. (2020). Love, judgement and HIV: congregants’ perspectives on an intervention for Black churches to promote critical awareness of HIV affecting Black Canadians. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.

Husbands, W., Kerr, J., Calzavara, L., Tharao, W., Greenspan, N., Muchenje-Marisa, M., Luyombya, H., Nakamwa, J., Arnold, K., Nakiweewa, S., Browne, O. (2020). Black PRAISE: Engaging Black congregations to strengthen critical awareness of HIV affecting Black Canadian communities. Health Promotion International. doi: 10.1093/heapro/daaa057.

Husbands, W., Miller, D., McCready, L., Williams, C. et al. (2019). Sexuality and sexual agency among heterosexual Black men in Toronto: tradition, contradiction and emergent possibilities in the context of HIV and health. Canadian Journal of Sociology 44(4), 399-424.