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  • Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan, BA, MA, PhD


Full Professor of Health Promotion and Head of the Health Promotion Division, School of Health and Human Performance, Faculty of Health Professions, Dalhousie University
Cross appointments with Dalhousie University’s Community Health and Epidemiology, International Development Studies, Gender Studies, Occupational Therapy, and Nursing.


Affiliate Member of the European Union Centre for Excellence, the Health Law Institute at Dalhousie University and the Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre

Research Interests:

Community Health, Public Health, Health Promotion, Health Policies, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Cancer, Social Determinants of Health , Gender-based analysis, Harm reduction, Health Equity, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ Health, Program evaluation, Qualitative research, Quantitative research, Sexual health, Vulnerable populations, Women's health

Moving Towards Health Equity

Dr. Gahagan’s programme of research centers on health equity among marginalized populations from a determinants of health perspective. Her work focuses on the health outcomes of members of LGBTQ communities and other gender minoritized populations. One of her currently funded study explores the unique experiences of LBQ women and trans people in relation to breast and gynecologic cancers. The study, Cancer’s Margins, seeks to better understand what informs cancer health knowledge-seeking and decision-making by sexual and/or gender minority cancer patients, care network members and their healthcare providers. Dr. Gahagan’s research also includes gender-based analyses of health policies and programs. For more information on the study, please visit the national site:

Membership Status:

Dr. Gahagan is a BHCRI Associate Member






School of Health and Human Performance, Stairs House, 6230 South Street, P.O. Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 Canada


Gahagan, J., Ricci, C., Jackson, R., Prentice, T., Mill, J., & Adam, B. (2013). Advancing Our Knowledge: Findings of a Meta-Ethnographic Synthesis. In J. Gahagan (Ed.) Women and HIV Prevention in Canada. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc.

Gahagan, J. (2013). Sex and Gender Reporting in Sexual Health Research: Implications for Authors. Sexual Health, 12(6), 477. doi: 10.1071/SH13143

McWilliam, S., Jackson, L., Dykeman, M., Gahagan, J., & Karabanow, J. (2013, September). Keeping the focus on safer practices: A safer practices lens. International Journal on Drug Policy, 24(5), 508-509. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2013.03.014

Davis, A.N., Gahagan, J., & George, C. (2013). “Everyone just keeps their eyes closed and their fingers crossed”: Sexual health communication among black parents and children in Nova Scotia, Canada. International Journal for Equity in Health, 12(55). doi: 10.1186/1475-9276-12-55

Merritt, B. K., Gahagan, J., & Kottorp, A. (2013). HIV and disability: A pilot study exploring the use of the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) to measure daily life performance. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 16:17339. doi: 10.7448/IAS.16.1.17339

Lewis, N., Gahagan, J., & Stein, C. (2013). Preferences for rapid point-of-care HIV testing in Nova Scotia, Canada. Sexual Health, 10(2) 124-132. doi: 10.1071/SH12100

Smylie, L., Clarke, B., Doherty, M., Gahagan, J., McKay, A., Numer, M., Otis, J., Smith, G. & Soon, C. (2013). Development and validation of indicators of sexual health of Canadian youth aged 16 to 24 years. Public Health Reports: Supplement on Sexual Health, 128(2).

Parker, J., Jackson, L., Dykeman, M., Gahagan, J., & Karabanow, J. (2012). Access to harm reduction services in Atlantic Canada: Implications for non-urban residents who inject drugs. Health and Place, 18(2): 152-162. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.08.016

Gahagan, J., Jason, T., & Leduc, D. (2012). Does grade level relate to school-based health center utilization among male youth? Quantitative findings from a mixed-methods study in Nova Scotia, Canada. Journal of School Health 82(8): 387-394. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.2012.00714.x

Guta, A., Nixon, S., Gahagan, J., & Fielden, S. (2012). “Walking along beside the researcher”: How Canadian REBs/IRBs are responding to the needs of community-based participatory research. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics: An International Journal, 7(1): 15-25. doi: 10.1525/jer.2012.7.1.17

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