Matthew Numer, PhD
Associate Professor and Division Head, Health Promotion
Phone: (902) 494-1153
Fax: (902) 494-5120
Stairs House, P.O. Box 15000
6230 South Street
Halifax, N.S. B3H 4R2
- HIV prevention
- Gay men's sexual health
- Health promotion
- Policy development
- Gender and health
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Robert Morris University (Pittsburg, PA)
Master of Education (MEd), California University of Philadelphia (California, PA)
Interdisciplinary PhD, Dalhousie University
Counselling Certification, Canadian Counselling Association (2007)
Teaching Certification, Level II: Secondary School Counselling (2006)
Teaching Certification, Level II: Secondary Social Studies (2006)
Dr. Numer is an Associate Professor in the Division of Health Promotion in the School of Health and Human Performance in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University. He is also cross-appointed to the Gender and Women’s Studies Program. Research interests are listed below. He came to Dalhousie in 2006 to pursue his doctoral studies and has been a faculty member since 2009. He was a contract employee for eight years before receiving a tenure-track position in 2018. One year later, he received tenure and promotion to Associate professor. Beyond the university setting, Dr. Numer is a member of the board of directors for the Halifax Sexual Health Centre, serves on the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia: Gay Men’s Health Advisory Committee, and regional advisor for the Community-Based Research Centre for Gay Men’s Health. He is also Chair of the PrEP Action Committee.
Graduate Student Availability
Both masters and doctoral student positions are available within Dr. Numer’s research program. See areas of specific research interest below. Other areas within health promotion are welcome.
Synopsis: Matthew Numer's research interest include HIV prevention and gay men’s sexual health, with a specific emphasis on health promotion and policy development. He recently published a book chapter entitled "The Dilemma of Young Gay Men’s Sexual Health Promotion and Homosexual Hegemonic Masculinity."
- Gay, bi, and other men who have sex with men
- HIV prevention and stigma reduction
- Indigenous boys’ and men’s sexual health
- General sex and sexuality studies
- Poststructural theory
- Queer theory
- Feminist theories
- Critical social theories
- Qualitative methods
- Discourse Analysis
- Thematic analysis
- Mixed methods
- Visual and arts-based methodologies
- Innovative Educator Award: Top Educator. Awarded to an educator using Top Hat as part of a pedagogical strategy that is original, innovative or outcome-driven, Top Hat Inc. Oct 2017.
- Contract and Sessional Instructor Award for Excellence in Teaching: University-wide award, Dalhousie University May 2015 (CA$500).
- School of Health and Human Performance Teaching/Mentorship Excellence Award: Dalhousie University May 2014.
- Dalhousie Student Union Teaching Award: Student nominated teaching award at Dalhousie University April, 2010.
- The IGH Award for Excellence in Gender, Sex and Health Research: recognizes outstanding gender, sex and health research carried out by emerging Canadian scholars. Granted by the Institute of Gender and Health of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, this $1,000 award is aimed at graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and residents from all disciplines, working in the field of gender, sex and health research. March, 2010.
- DalOUT Award: For demonstrating a contribution to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community and for promoting awareness and acceptance of sexual diversity. January 2009.
SELECT RECENT PUBS
Refereed Publications (Trainees underlined)
1. Doria, N., & Numer, M. (2019). Dancing in a culture of disordered eating: A feminist poststructural analysis of body image among young girls in the world of dance. Research in Dance Education.
2. Doria, N., Biderman, M., Miller, D., Prosper, A., & Numer, M. (2019). Graphic facilitation as a tool to guide community-based research on Indigenous boys’ and men’s sexual health. Journal of Indigenous HIV Research.
3. Spencer, R., Comeau, E., Matchett, B., Biderman, M., Joy, P., Doria, N., & Numer, M. (2019). Interactive e-texts and university student learning experiences: A scoping review. Review of Educational Research.
4. Numer, M., Holmes, D., Joy, P., Thompson, R., & Doria, N. (2019). Grinding Against HIV Discourse: A Critical Exploration of Social Sexual Practices in Gay Cruising Apps. Gender, Technology and Development.
5. Patten, S., Doria, N., Joy, P., Sinno, J., Spencer, R., LeBlanc, MA., Holmes, D., & Numer, M. (2019). Sexualized drug use in virtual space: A scoping review of how gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men interact online. Journal of Sex Research.
1. Numer, M., McEachern, J., Rushton, F., Steeves, D., Whiteman, J., & Kirk, S. (2018). Community health implications of regulations variances in alcohol retail: An examination of alcohol access and policy in rural and urban Nova Scotia. International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, 9(4), 37-46.
2. Thompson, R., Joy, P., Numer, M., & Holmes, D. (2018). Gay men’s sexual health promotion in virtual space: Exploring stakeholders’ attitudes and approaches to outreach on mobile apps in Nova Scotia. The International Journal of Community Diversity, 18(3-4), 17-29.
3. Joy, P., & Numer, M. (2018). Constituting the ideal body: A poststructural analysis of “obesity” discourses among gay men. Journal of Critical Dietetics, 4(1), 47-58.
4. Joy, P., Jackson, R., & Numer, M. (2018). A mythical battle: 'Good foods versus 'bad' foods. Journal of Critical Dietetics, 4(1). DOI: 10.1080/09581599908409217
5. Joy, P., & Numer, M. (2018). Queering educational practices in dietetics training: A critical review of LGBTQ inclusion strategies. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 79, 1-6. DOI: 10.3148/cjdpr-2018-006
6. Johnson, S., & Numer, M. (2017). It takes a community: An environmental scan exploring the effectiveness of teenage pregnancy prevention strategies in North America. The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, 7(3), 25-44. DOI:10.18848/2156-8960.
7. Numer, M., Gahagan, J., Brown, M., & Atkinson, S. (2017). HIV/AIDS and the public health paradox: A poststructural discourse analysis of the impact of HIV Messaging on gay men in Nova Scotia. The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, 7(3), 91-104. DOI: 10.18848/2156-8960.
8. Joy, P., & Numer, M. (2017). The use of photo elicitation to explore the benefits of queer student advocacy groups in university. Journal of LGBT Youth, 14(1), 31-50. DOI: 10.1080/19361653.2016.1256247.
9. Numer, M., & Spencer, R. (2016) Technology and the post-secondary classroom: A critical inquiry into BYOD student experience in human sexuality. International Journal of Technologies in Learning, 24(1), 1-13. DOI: 10.18848/2327-0144/CGP/v24i01/1-13
10. Hutt, E., & Numer, M. (2015). Masculinity, coping, and weightlifting in university men: A qualitative description of coping and psychological benefit. Journal of Sporting Cultures and Identities, 6(3), 15-27. DOI: 10.18848/2381-7070/CGP/v06i03/54072
11. Numer, M., & Spencer, R. (2015). Bring your own device technology: Preliminary results from a mixed methods study to explore student experience of in-class response systems in post-secondary education. Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, 13(1), 1-6.
12. Smylie, L., Clarke, B., Doherty, M., Gahagan, J., McKay, A., Numer, M., Otis, J., Smith, G., & Soon, C. (2013). The development and validation of sexual health indicators of Canadians youth aged 16 to 24 years. Public Health Reports: Supplement on Sexual Health, 128(2), 53-61. DOI: 10.1177/00333549131282S106.
1. McNichols., N & Numer, M. (2018). A Critical Introduction to Human Sexuality. Top Hat Publishing, Toronto.
2. Numer, M. (2017). Human Sexuality: A Critical Exploration. Top Hat Publishing, Toronto.
1. Numer, M., Holmes, D., Joy, P., & Thompson, T. (2018). Profiling post-modern public sex: How Grindr revolutionized the face of gay sex in Holmes, D., Murray, S. & Foth, T. (eds), Radical Sex Between Men: Assembling Desiring-Machines, (pp. 190-202) Routledge.
SELECT RECENT PRESENTATIONS
Scholarly Conference Presentations (Trainees Underlined)
1. Numer, M., Patten, S., LeBlanc, M.-A., Sinno, J., Joy, P., Holmes, D., & Spencer, R. (Upcoming-2019). Wired sex: How men who have sex with men use social networking apps to facilitate and/or engage in chemsex. 24th Congress of the Word Association for Sexual Health, Mexico City, Mexico, October 12-15, 2019.
2. Numer, M., Patten, S., LeBlanc, M.-A., Joy, P., Holmes, D., & Spencer, R. (Upcoming-2019). Wired sex: Service provider perspectives on hookup apps and chemsex among Canadian men who have sex with men. 24th Congress of the Word Association for Sexual Health, Mexico City, Mexico, October 12-15, 2019.
3. Numer, M., Doria, N., Sinno, J., Joy, P., McNichols, N., & Spencer, R. (Upcoming-2019). A mixed methods study on predictors of undergraduate students’ attitudes, opinions and beliefs on sexual orientation and sexual consent. 24th Congress of the Word Association for Sexual Health, Mexico City, Mexico, October 12-15, 2019.
4. Sinno, J., Doria, N., Courville, J., Bogner, E., Hackett, L., & Numer, M. (2019). The current state of sexual health among Indigenous boys and men in Canada: A rapid review. Sexuality Studies Association 7th Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada, June 2-4, 2019.
5. Sinno, J., Doria, N., Patten, S., LeBlanc, M.-A., Spencer, R., Holmes, D., & Numer, M. (2019). How men who have sex with men use social networking apps to engage in chemsex: A scoping review. Sexuality Studies Association 7th Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada, June 2-4, 2019.
6. Numer, M., Doria, N., Spencer, R., Holmes, D. Patten, S., Leblanc, M., Joy, P. (2019). How men who have sex with men use social networking apps to engage in chemsex: A scoping review. 23rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, Rotorua, New Zealand, April 7-11, 2019. (E-Poster Presentation)
7. Numer, M., Doria, N., Spencer, R., McMillan, J., Reeves, A., Martin, D. (2019). The current state of sexual health among Indigenous boys and men: A scoping review. 23rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, Rotorua, New Zealand, April 7-11, 2019. (Oral Presentation)
8. Numer, M., Miller, A.D., Doria, N., & Biderman, M. (2018). Indigenous boys’ and men’s sexual health: A community consultation. 2018 Atlantic First Nations Health Conference, Halifax, Canada, November 13-15, 2018. (Breakout Session).
9. Doria, N., & Numer, M. (2018). Dancing in a culture of disordered eating: A feminist poststructural analysis of body image among young girls’ in the world of dance. 24th Annual Qualitative Health Research (QHR) Conference, Halifax, Canada, October 27-29, 2018. (Oral Presentation)
10. Joy, P., & Numer, M. (2018). Inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans curriculum in Canadian dietetic education. 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education, Dublin, Ireland, August 20-22, 2017. (Oral Present
11. Numer, M., Holmes, D., Joy, P., & Thompson, R. (2017). Grinding against HIV discourse: A critical exploration of transmission risk among users of mobile gay cruising app. Canadian Sex Research Forum, Fredericton, NB, October 19-21, 2017. (Oral Presentation)