Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan
Director of GAHPS
Jacqueline Gahagan is a Full Professor of Health Promotion and Head of the Health Promotion Division in the School of Health and Human Performance in the Faculty of Health Professions at Dalhousie University. Jacqueline also holds cross appointments in Community Health and Epidemiology, International Development Studies, Gender Studies, Occupational Therapy, Nursing and is an Affiliate Member of the European Union Centre for Excellence, the Health Law Institute at Dalhousie University, the Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre and the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute. Dr. Gahagan teaches courses in measurement and evaluation, community health promotion, health promotion theory, and women’s health and the environment at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Gahagan is a member of the editorial board for several peer-reviewed journals, including Health Care for Women International, Sexual Health, and the Canadian Journal of Public Health.
Activity and Contributions
Dr. Gahagan has been involved in HIV/AIDS advocacy, activism and research for over two decades and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for excellence in the field of HIV/AIDS.
Her current funded program of research focuses primarily on the gendered aspects of HIV/Hep C, STIs and sexual/reproductive health outcomes. Specifically, Jacqueline’s peer-reviewed funded research projects include a gender-based exploration of health service utilization among young rural males, the development of national-level sexual health indicators, access to research ethics boards among community-engaged researchers, HIV prevention in transnational spaces, social networks of injection drug users, gender-based analysis of HIV counselling and testing, LBGT breast and gynecological cancers, and anti-homophobia policy interventions in schools.
Prior to joining Dalhousie University, Jacqueline worked in public health as a health promotion specialist, a program evaluation specialist and as a health promotion consultant. Jacqueline is also a founding member of the Atlantic Interdisciplinary Research Network (AIRN), a member of the Ministerial Council on HIV/AIDS, a member of the prideHealth board, a member of the Youth Project board, a member of the Public Health Association of Nova Scotia board, and a former member of the board of directors’ for the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Canadian Association for HIV Research, the Nova-Scotia Gambia Association, the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development, among others.