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Sepali Guruge

Title:

Professor; Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing Research Chair in Urban Health

Doctorate:

RN, BScN, MSc, PhD

Office:

POD-452A

Telephone:

416-979-5000 ext. 4964

Email Address:

sguruge@ryerson.ca

Biography:

Dr. Sepali Guruge obtained her education in Sri Lanka, the former Soviet Union, and Canada. She focused her doctoral dissertation in Nursing at the University of Toronto on the influence of gender, racial, social, and economic inequalities on the production of and responses to intimate male partner violence in the post-migration context. Her post-doctoral work at the University of Western Ontario examined the effects of intimate partner violence on women’s health. Both her doctoral and post-doctoral studies were supported by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Fellowships.

Dr. Guruge’s nursing experience includes practice, teaching, research, and consultation at several major hospitals in Toronto. Her teaching interests include women’s health, mental health, diversity and equity issues, global health, and qualitative research methods. She currently teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs, and supervises graduate students in Nursing and in Immigration and Settlement Studies at Ryerson University.

Dr. Guruge has published in nursing and interdisciplinary refereed journals and books, and presented papers and posters at national and international conferences. She is also co-editor (along with Dr. Enid Collins) of the book, Working with Immigrant Women: Issues and Strategies for Mental Health Professionals (published by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, 2008).

Using a number of approaches, including social determinants of health, ecosystemic frameworks, and feminist theoretical perspectives, Dr. Guruge conducts research focused on immigrant women’s health. In particular, she examines violence against women throughout the migration process (i.e., pre-migration, border-crossing, and post-migration contexts). She also co-leads the Nursing Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children at Ryerson University.

Presently, Dr. Guruge is engaged in community-based health research on violence against women with colleagues in Canada, the United States, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Brazil, Belgium, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Her program of research is supported by a CIHR New Investigator Award ($300,000.00).

Related Links:

Addressing IPV in Sri Lanka - IDRC Funded Project http://www.addressingipvsrilanka.ca/

Addressing Elder Abuse - SSHRC Funded Project http://www.addressingelderabuse.ca/

Nursing Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children http://www.ryerson.ca/ncrev/faculty/  

Centre for Global Health and Health Equity http://www.ryerson.ca/globalhealth/mission_goals/index.html  

Immigrant and Racialized Women’s Health project http://ryerson.ca/irwhp

Ontario Multicultural Health Applied Research Network http://www.ryerson.ca/omh/

 

External Research Funding
Publications
Refereed Presentations

External Research Funding

Time Period

Role  &
Principal investigator(s)

Funding Source  & the Amount

Title of the Project

2016

PI

Co-Is: Dr. Usha George, Dr. Ann Kim, Dr. Guida Man, Dr. Atsuko Matsuoka, & Dr. Souraya Sidani

 SSHRC Insight

$233,053

Developing a comprehensive understanding of elder abuse prevention in immigrant communities
2019-2016

PI

Co-Is: Dr. Atsuko Matsuoka, Dr. Bharati Sethi, Dr. Denise Spitzer, Dr. Ilene Hyman, Dr. Lu Wang, Dr. Margaret Walton-Roberts, Dr. Souraya Sidani, Dr. Usha George

SSHRC Partnership Development

$200,000

Aging well:  partnering to optimize social network and support for older immigrants in Ontario

 

2016

PI

Collaborators: Sarah Sharpe, Raja Khouri, Suzanne Fredericks, Joan Samuels-Dennis, Meb Rashid, Souraya Sidani

 WCH Women's Xchange

$75,000

Online Informational and Social Supports for Promoting Health of Syrian Refugee Women in Ontario
2016-2013

PI

Co-PIs: Dr. Josephine Wong, Dr. Kenneth Fung, Dr. Souraya Sidani, Dr. Kwame McKenzie, Dr. Marina Morrow, Dr. Daniel Lai, & Dr. David Este

 Movember

$3 million

Reducing stigma of mental illness among boys and men in Asian communities in Canada: An innovative intervention study
Under review

PI

Co-PI: Jayasuriya, V.

 IDRC

$60,000

 Strengthening health policy response to address intimate partner violence in Sri Lanka
2014-2013 PI

 SSHRC

$50,000

 Highlighting the role of resilience, leadership, and capacity-building among immigrant seniors
in addressing elder abuse within immigrant communities
Under review

PI

Co-PI: Roche, B.

 Wellesley  Institute

$15,000

 Pathways to care and services for immigrant women who have experienced intimate partner violence 
2014-2013

PI

Co-PI: George, U.

 MOHLTC – ON

$150,000.00

 Immigrant and racialized women’s health project – KTE focus on mental health, maternal health, and chronic illness
2014-2013

Co-I

PI: Koehn, S.

 CIHR 

$25,000

 Partnering to promote health care equity for ethnic minority older adults
2014-2013

Co-I

PI: Bauder, H. 

 SSHRC

$153,636.00

 Integration trajectories of immigrant families
2014-2013

Co-I

PI: Pottie, K.

 CIHR

$99,633.00

 Strengthening the rapid health equity impact assessment process: Actions toward improved health outcomes for seniors

2011-2010

PI

Co-PIs: Sidani, S., Koehn, S., Gien, L., Beaulieu, M. 

 CIHR Institute of Gender and Health - LOI

$10,000

 An ecological approach to developing a multilevel intervention to prevent violence among older immigrant  women

2011-2010

PI

Co-PI: Matsuoka, A.

 CIHR Meetings, plannings, & dissemination, Institute of Gender and Health

$25,000

 Moving forward: Development of a program of research on prevention of abuse and neglect, and health promotion among older immigrant women

2011-2010

Co-I

PI: Bender, A.

 CERIS

$5000

 Syndemic approach to understanding the intersections of tuberculosis, mental health and the ‘healthy immigrant effect’: A synthesis of the literature

2011-2009

Co-I

PI: Maheu, C. (York)
PI: Zanchetta, M. (METISS)

 York University – Faculty of Health Junior Faculty Funds & Migration, ethnicité et Intervention en services sociaux et de santé (METISS)

$2000 & $3000 (respectively)

 Men’s strategies to manage chronic diseases within a multicultural perspective

 

2009-2010

PI

Co-PI: Roche, B.

 The Wellesley Institute

$10,000

 Health and abuse among immigrant women in Canada  

2009-2010

Co-I

 PI: Maheu, C.

 Centre for Urban Health Institute & Nursing Care Partnership Program, Canadian Nurses Foundation

$10,000 & $3333.33 (respectively)

 Understanding & improving breast cancer self-management through social networks within Portuguese speaking communities in Toronto

2008-2009

PI

Co-PI: Bender, A.

 CIHR Meetings, plannings, & dissemination – Global Health

$24,480

 Towards a global interdisciplinary evidence-informed practice: IPV in the Ethiopian context

2008-2009

Co-PI

Co-PIs: Shakya, Y., Hynie, M. & Murtaza, R

 Immigration, Settlement, & Adaptation Program and Laidlaw Foundation

$220,000

 Challenges & strategies of Afghan, Karen, Sudanese refugee youth’s family & community roles within 5 yrs of migration to Canada

2008-2009

PI

Co-PIs: Sidani, S., Ford-Gilboe, M.

 CIHR

Meetings, plannings, & dissemination – Global Health

$21,776

 Towards a global interdisciplinary evidence-informed practice: IPV in the 
Sri Lankan context

2008-2009

Co-I

PI: Zanchetta, M.

 CIHR

Meetings, plannings, & dissemination – Global Health

$20,000

 

 Visiting Brazil for knowledge dissemination/exchange about health promotion and social vulnerabilities

                               

2008-2009

PI

Co-PIs: Kanthasamy, P.

 Centre for Urban Health Initiative & The Wellesley Institute

$10,000

 Older Tamil immigrant women’s experience of violence in the post-migration context

2007-2010

Co-I

PIs: Ford-Gilboe, M., Wuest, J., & Varcoe, C.

 CIHR

$880,000

 The effects of personal, social & economic resources on physical & mental health of women in the early years after leaving an abusive partner.

2007-2009

PI

Co-PI: Ford- Gilboe, M.

 CIHR Gender, globalization, and health

$92,870

 

 Factors that influence the production of & responses to IPV in the Sri Lankan context

2007-2009

Co-I

PI: Chearn, R.

 IDRC – South Asian Regional Office

$300,000

 Diasporas, transnationalism, and global engagement

2006-2007

Co-I

PI: Kilbride, K.

 Canadian Council on Learning

$70,000

 Facilitating the acquisition of proficiency in English among adult immigrant women

2007-2005

Co-I

PI: McGilton, K.

 Alzheimer Society of Canada

$108,586.25

 Relating well to persons with dementia

 

 

 

Selected Publications & Presentations:

Publications 2007-2015

( Refereed = *)

2015

*Guruge, S., Jayasuriya-Illesinghe, V. & Gunawardena, N. (2015 - accepted). Time to step-up: A review of the health sector response to intimate partner violence in Sri Lanka. Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka.

*Guruge, S., Jayasuriya-Illesinghe, V., & Gunawardena, N. (2015 - accepted). A Review of the Sri Lankan Health Sector Response to Intimate Partner Violence: Looking Back, Moving ForwardSouth-East Asian Journal of Public Health.

*Fredericks, S. & Guruge, S. (2015 - accepted). Promoting immigrant women’s health through a revised model of care: A discussion of strategies for redesigning cardiovascular education interventions. Advances in Nursing Sciences.

*Guruge, S., Thomson, M.S., & Seifi, S. (2015 – in press). A scoping review of mental health among older immigrants in Canada: Looking back, moving forwardCanadian Journal on Aging. 34.4.

*Guruge, S., Thomson, M.S., George, U. & Chaze, F. (2015 – in press). Social support, social conflict, and immigrant women’s mental health in a Canadian context: A scoping reviewJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.

*Guruge, S. & Butt, H. (2015). A scoping review of mental health issues among immigrant and refugee youth in Canada: Looking back, moving forwardCanadian Journal of Public Health. 106(2): e72 – e78.

*Rafaella, Q., Miriam, S., Guruge, S. & Merigui, A.B. (2015). Older Brazilian women's experience of psychological domestic violence: A social phenomenological study. International Journal of Equity in Health, 14(44). DOI 10.1186/s12939-015-0173-z

*Thomson, M.S., Chaze, F., George, U., Guruge, S. (2015). Improving immigrant populations’ access to mental health services in Canada: A review of barriers and recommendations. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10903-015-0175-3

*Zanchetta, M.S., Maheu, C,. Kolisnyk, O., Mohamed, M., Guruge, S., Kinslikh, D., Christopher, J.J., et al. (2015). Canadian men’s self-management of chronic diseases: A literature analysis of strategies for dealing with risks and promoting wellness.American Journal of Men’s Healthhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1177/155798831557674,

2014

*Guruge, S. (2014). Perceptions of and responses to intimate partner violence among Sinhalese immigrant women in CanadaArts and Social Sciences Journal. Special issue: Violence against immigrant women: A global perspective throughout the life-cycle. http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2151-6200.S1-006.

*Madhavi, A.V.P., Guruge, S., Schwind, J., & Schindel-Martin, L. (2014). Exploring the experiences of loneliness among older Sinhalese women in CanadaPerspectives – Journal of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association. 37(1), 6-14.

*Zanchetta, M., Salami, B., Bailey, A., Guruge, S., Ohama, A., Renaud, L., Rheaume, J., Cote, R., Perreault, M., da Cunha, Z., Avila, M., & Boery, R. (2014). Enhancing critical reflection of Brazilian community health agents’ awareness of social determinants of health. SAGE Open.

2013

*Zanchetta, M., Maheu, C., Galhego-Garcia, W., Baku, L., Guruge, S., & Secord, S. (2013). Explorando Potencialidades para a Criacão de Rede de Apoio Social a Mulheres Lusófonas que Vivem com Câncer de Mama em Toronto, Canadá (Exploring potentialities for the creation of a social support network for Portuguese-speaking women living with breast cancer in Toronto, Canada)Revista Brasileira de Cancerologia,(3), 391-400.

* Shakya, Y. B., Guruge, S., Hynie, M., Htoo, S., Akbari, A., Jandu, B., Spasevksi, M., et al. (in press). Newcomer refugee youth as ‘resettlement champions’ for their families: Vulnerability, resilience and empowerment In L. Simich & L. Andermann (Eds.). Refuge and Resilience. Springer Publishing.

* Hynie, M., Guruge, S., Shakya, Y. (in press). Family relationships of Afghan, Karen and Sudanese Refugee Youth. Canadian Journal of Ethnic Studies special issue on Age and Migration.

* Matsuoka, A., Guruge, S., Koehn, S., Beaulieu, M., & Ploeg, J. et al. (2013). Prevention of abuse of older women in the post-migration context in Canada. Canadian Review of Social Policy (special issue on Aging), 68/69:107-120.


2012

* Guruge, S., Ford-Gilboe, M., Samuels-Dennis, J., Varcoe, C., Wilk, P., & Wuest, J. (2012). Rethinking social support and conflict: Lessons from a study of women who have separated from abusive partners.   Nursing Research and Practice.Vol. 2012, Article ID 738905, 10 pages. doi:10.1155/2012/738905 Full article available at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/nrp/2012/738905/

* Guruge, S. (2012). Nurses’ role in caring for women experiencing intimate partner violence in the Sri Lankan context.  International Scholarly Research Network (ISRN) - Nursing. “Nurses’ Role in Caring for Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence in the Sri Lankan Context,” ISRN Nursing, vol. 2012, Article ID 486273, 8 pages, 2012. doi:10.5402/2012/486273. Full articles available at:http://www.isrn.com/journals/nursing/2012/486273/

Bender, A., Hyman, I., Guruge, S., Janjua, M. (2012). Addressing the Intersections of Tuberculosis, Mental Disorder, and Their Underlying Social Conditions in Immigrant Health: A Scoping Review from a Syndemics Perspective.  In Sobrun-Maharaj, A., Parackal, S., Rossen, F., Nayar, S., Ho, E., Hand, J., Ratnasabapathy, Y., Newcombe, D., and Ameratunga, S. (Eds.) Social Environment, Migration and Health: Proceedings of the Fifth International Asian and Ethnic Minority Health and Wellbeing Conference, June 27-28 (pp. 160-169). Auckland, New Zealand: University of Auckland.

* Guruge, S. , Roche, B., & Catallo, C. (2012). Violence against women: An exploration of the physical and mental health trends among immigrant and refugee women in CanadaNursing Research and Practice (special issue on Immigration and Health), vol. 2012, Article ID 434592, 15 pages, doi:10.1155/2012/434592. Full article available at: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/nrp/2012/434592/

* Guruge, S., Bender, A., Hyman, I., Aga, F., Tamiru, M., Hailemariam, D., Kassa, A., & Refaie-Shairpak, K. (2012). Towards a global interdisciplinary evidence-informed practice: Intimate partner violence in the Ethiopian context. International Scholarly Research Network – Nursing, vol. 2012, Article ID 307271, 8 pages, doi:10.5402/2012/307271. Full article available at: http://www.isrn.com/journals/nursing/2012/307271/

* McGilton, K. S., Sidani, S., Boscart, V. Boscart, V., Guruge, S., & Brown, M. (2012). The relationship between care providers’ relational behaviors and residents’ mood and behavior in long-term care settings. Aging and Mental Health, 16(4), 507-515.


2011

* Guruge, S., Maheu, C., Zanchetta, M., Fernandez, F. & Baku, L. (2011). Social support for breast cancer management among Portuguese-speaking immigrant women. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 43(4), 48-66.

* Shakya, Y., Guruge, S., Hynie, M., Akbari, A., Malik, M., & Alley, S. (2011). Aspirations for higher education for resfugee youth in Toronto: Expectations, challenges, and strategies. REFUGE – special issue on Higher education for refugees, 27(2), 65-78.

* Bender, A., Guruge, S., Aga, F., Hailemariam, D., Hyman, I., & Tamiru, M. (2011). International collaboration as social relation: An Ethiopian-Canadian example. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 43(2):  62-75

* Hyman, I., Mason, R., Guruge, S., Berman, H., Kanagaratnam, P. & Manuel, L. (2011).  Perceptions of factors contributing to intimate partner violence among Sri Lankan  Tamil immigrant women in Canada. Health Care for Women International, 32(9):779-794


2010

* Guruge, S., Kanthasamy, P., Jokajasa, J., Wan, Y.W.T., Chinchian, M., Refaie-Shirpak, K. Paterson, P., & Sathananthan,S., (2010). Older women speak about abuse and neglect in the post-migration context.  Women’s Health and Urban Life, 9(2): 15-41.

* Guruge, S., Shirpak, R., Zanchetta, M., Gastaldo, D., Hyman, I., & Sidani, S. (2010). A meta-synthesis of post-migration changes &  their effects on marital relationships in Canada. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 101(4)327-331.

* Guruge, S., Hunter, J. Barker, McNally, M.J., & Magalhães, L. (2010). Immigrant women’s experiences of receiving care in a mobile health clinic. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 66(2): 350 – 359.

* Guruge, S., Khanlou, N., & Gastaldo, D. (2010). The production of intimate male partner violence in the migration process : Intersections of gender, race, and class. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 66(1): 103 –113.

* Fredericks, S., Guruge, S. , Sidani, S., & Wan, T. (2010). Post-operative patient education: A systematic review . Clinical Nursing Research: An International Journal, 19 (2), 144-164.

* Shirpak, K. R., Guruge, S., & Chinichian, M. (2010). Meta-synthesis of qualitative research in health sciences. Iranian Journal of Epidemiology, 6(1), 51-57. (published in Farsi)

* Sidani, S., Guruge, S., Ford-Gilboe, M., Varcoe, C., & Miranda, J. (2010). Cultural adaptation and translation of measures: An integrated method. Research in Nursing and Health, 33(2): 133-43.

* Guruge, S.  (2010). Perceptions of and responses to intimate partner violence: Findings from a study in the Sri Lankan Tamil community in Toronto. In J.S.F. Fong (Ed). Out of the Shadows: Woman Abuse in Ethnic, Immigrant, and Aboriginal Communities. Canadian Scholars Press  (pp.264 – 283).

* Guruge, S., Tiwari, A., & Baty. M. (2010). International perspectives on family violence. In J. Humphreys & J. Campbell (Eds.). Family Violence and Nursing Practice (2nd ed). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.  (pp.411-436)

* Hyman, I., Mason, R., Guruge, S., Mekonnen, G., Stuckless, N., Tang, T., & Teffera, H. (2010). Changes in gender relations as a risk factor for marital conflict and intimate partner violence: A study of Ethiopian immigrant couples if Canada. In J.S.F. Fong (Ed). Out of the Shadows: Woman Abuse in Ethnic, Immigrant, and Aboriginal Communities. Canadian Scholars Press  (pp. 172 –185).

Guruge, S., Collins, E., & Bender, A. (2010). Working with immigrant and refugee women: Guidelines for mental health professionals. Canadian Issues/Themes Canadiens, Summer, 114-118.


2009

* Guruge, S., Berman, R., Murphy-Kilbride, K., Tyyskä, Woungang, I., Edwards, S., & Clune, L. (2009). Implications of English proficiency on immigrant women’s  access to & utilization of health services. Women’s Health and Urban Life, 8(2): 21-41

* Guruge, S., & Humphreys, J. (2009). Barriers that affect abused immigrant women’s  access to and use of formal social supports.  Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 41(3): 64-84

* Fredericks, S., Guruge, S., Sidani, S., & Wan, T. (2009). Patient demographics and learning needs: Examinations of relationships. Clinical Nursing Research, 18(4):307-322.


2008

* Bender, A., Clune, L. & Guruge, S. (2008). Considering place in community health nursing. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research - 40th Anniversary special issue – A ten year retrospective, 41(1): 128-143 (Republished as part of landmark articles from CJNR vol:  31-40).

* Mason, R., Hyman, I., Berman, H., Guruge, S., Kanagaratnam, P., & Manuel, L. (2008). “Violence is an international language”: Tamil women’s perceptions of intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women, 14(2), 1397-1412.

* Hyman, I., Guruge, S. , & Mason, R. (2008). The impact of post-migration changes on marital relationships: A study of Ethiopian immigrant couples in Toronto. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 39(2), 149-164.

* McGilton, K., Guruge, S., Bloch, L., Librado, R., Boscart, V. (2008). Health Care Aides’ struggle to build and maintain relationships with families. Canadian Journal on Aging, 27(2), 135-143.

Guruge, S., & Gastaldo, D. (2008). Violencia en la pareja e inmigración? Cómo ser parte de la solución? [Violence in couples and immigration: How to be part of the solution?] (Editorial). Presencia, n.8, 2008
http://www.index-f.com/presencia/n8/p8801.php

* Khanlou N., & Guruge S.  (2008). Refugee youth and identity: On the margins of mental health promotion theory, research and practice.  In M. Hajdukowski-Ahmed, N. Khanlou, & H. Moussa (Eds.).  Not born a Refugee: Refugee women reclaim their identities in research, education, policy and creativity. Publisher: Berghahn Books and Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Oxford/New York (pp. 173-179).

* Collins, E., & Guruge, S. (2008). Theoretical perspectives and conceptual frameworks.  In S. Guruge & E. Collins (Eds.). (2008). Working with Women: Issues and Strategies for Mental Health Professionals. Toronto, ON: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) (pp.19-38).

* Collins, E., Shakya, Y.B., Guruge, S., & Santos, J.E. (2008). Services for women: Access, equity and quality. In S. Guruge & E. Collins (Eds.). (2008). Working with Women: Issues and Strategies for Mental Health Professionals. Toronto, ON: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) (pp.119-133).

* Guruge, S., Kanthasamy, P., & Santos, J.E. (2008). Addressing older women’s health: A pressing need. In S. Guruge & E. Collins (Eds.). (2008). Working with Women: Issues and Strategies for Mental Health Professionals. Toronto, ON: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) (pp. 235-256).

Guruge, S., & Collins, E. (2008). Emerging trends in Canadian immigration and challenges for newcomers. In S. Guruge & E. Collins (Eds.). (2008). Working with Women: Issues and Strategies for Mental Health Professionals. Toronto, ON: CAMH (p.3-15).


2007

* Bender, A., Clune, L., & Guruge, S. (2007). Considering place in community health nursing. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research special issue: Geography and Health, 39(3): 20-25.

Books

Guruge, S., & Collins, E. (Eds.). (2008). Working with Women: Issues and Strategies for Mental Health Professionals. Toronto, ON: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

Refereed Presentations 2007-2015


2011

Maheu, C., Zanchetta, M., Guruge, S., Secord, S. & Baku, L. (Nov. 27-31, 2011). Portuguese speaking groups, breast cancer, and capacity to create and utilize social networks. Poster presentation at Canadian Cancer Care Research Conference. Held in Toronto, Canada.

Bender, A., Hyman, I., Guruge, S., & Janjua, M. (Oct. 27 – 28, 2011). In support of the consultation role of mental health nurses in immigrant health: A literature review of the intersections of tuberculosis, mental disorder, and social determinants of health. Poster presented at the CFMHN conference held in Toronto, ON, Canada.

Maheu, C., Zanchetta, M. S, Guruge, S., Secord, S., Catton, P., & Baku, L. (Oct. 13, 2011). Creating supportive networks for breast cancer among Portuguese-speaking communities in Toronto: Lessons learned. Presentation at York University, School of Nursing 4th Annual Research Day: Sharing Nursing Research and Scholarship: Expanding the Boundaries.  held on October 13th Toronto, ON, Canada.

Guruge, S., Kanthasamy, P., & Wan, T.Y.W. (May 17-18, 2011).  Older women’s perceptions of and responses to abuse and neglect in the post-migration context. Paper presented at 5th National Community Health Nurses Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Zanchetta, M., Maheu, C., Guruge, S., Pilon, R., Meadus, R., Mohamed, M., Kolisnuk, O., Sitzo, T., Stevenson, M., & SanJose, C. (May 17 -18, 2011). A systematic analysis of Canadian qualitative studies on men’s preventive actions and self-management of mental and physical chronic diseases: Preliminary findings. Round Table presentation ay the 5th National Community Health Nurses Conference, in Halifax, NS, Canada.

Maheu, C. Zanchetta, M., Guruge, S., Kirst, M., Secord, S., Catton, P. & Fernandes, F. E. (May 17–18, 2011). Understanding and improving breast cancer self-management through social networks and infrastructures within Portuguese-speaking communities in Toronto. Poster presented 5th National Community Health Nurses Conference, in Halifax, NS, Canada.

Zanchetta, M., Maheu, C., Guruge, S., Pilon, R., Meadus, R. M., Mohamed, M., Kolisnuk, O., Sitzo, T., Stenvenson, M. & SanJose, C. (March 9-11, 2011). A systematic analysis of Canadian qualitative studies on men’s preventive actions and self-management of mental and physical chronic diseases: Preliminary findings. Future Perspectives on Intervention, Policy and Research on Men and Masculinities, in Quebec, QC.


2010

Zanchetta, M., da Cunha, Z., Avila, M.M., Boery, R.N., Cote, R., Tel, J., Maulgue, A., Almeida, D.G., Santana, N.D., Ribeiro, M.T. A.M.,, Renaud, L., Rheaume, J., Perreault, M., & Guruge, S. (July 11 -15, 2010).  Brazilian community health agents’ understanding of social determinants of health and social inequalities in health: Emerging analogies and criticisms. Paper presentated at the 20th IUHPE (International Union for Health Promotion and Education) Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

Bender, A., Guruge, S.,  Aga, F., Hyman, I., Hailemariam, D., & Tamiru, M., (July 12-16, 2010). Towards a global interdisciplinary evidence-informed practice: Intimate Partner Violence in the Ethiopian context. Poster presented at Sigma Theta Tau International 21st International Nursing Research Congress, Global diversity through research, education, and evidence-based practice, Orland, Florida.

Guruge, S., Refaie-Shirpak, K., Kanthasamy, P., & Wan, Y.W.T. (May 13-15, 2010). Older women’s experiences of and responses to abuse/violence in the post-migration context. Paper accepted for presentation at the 27th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference: Social Pragmatism as a Conceptual Foundation, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford, ON.

Chinchian, M., Refaie-Shirpak, K., Pourreza, A., & Guruge, S. (May 13-15, 2010). Health Professionals' Understanding of and Approach to Partner Violence in Iran. Paper accepted for presentation at the 27th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference: Social Pragmatism as a Conceptual Foundation, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford, ON.

Zanchetta, M., Guruge, S., Boery, R.N., Renaud, L., Ribeiro, I., Maulgue, A., & Tel., J. (April 11-14, 2010). International multidisciplinary collaboration and the engagement of Canadian and Brazilian students. Paper accepted for presentation at the 3rd International Nurse Education Conference. Nursing education in a global community: Collaboration and networking for the future, Sydney, Australia.

Maheu, C., Gallaher, G., Zanchetta, M., Guruge, S., Kirst, M., Catton, P., Secord, S., & DeMelo, V. (March 7-11, 2010).  Building partnerships between Portuguese speaking communities and settlement/health agencies: Experiences with the breast cancer survivorship program at Princess Margaret Hospital. Poster presentation at the 16th International Conference on Cancer Nursing, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Guruge, S., Bender, A., Aga, F., Tamiru, M., Hyman, I., Hailemariam, D., Kassa, A.,, Refaie-Shirpak, K. (January 30, 2010). Towards a global interdisciplinary evidence-informed practice: Intimate Partner Violence in the Ethiopian context. Poster presented at the 3r Biennial Nursing Conference at University of Windsor, Windsor, ON.

Wan, Y.W.T., Guruge, S., Kanthasamy, P., Jokarasa, J., Sathananthan, S., Refaie-Shirpak, K., & Chinchian, M. (January 30, 2010). Experiences and responses to abuse/violence in an urban setting: Older immigrant women’s perspectives. Paper presented at the 3r Biennial Nursing Conference at University of Windsor, Windsor, ON.


2009

Maheu, C., Gallaher, G., Zanchetta, M., Guruge, S., Kirst, M., Catton, P., Secord, S., & DeMelo, V. (Dec. 01, 2009).  Understanding & improving breast cancer self-management through social networks and infrastructure within Portuguese speaking communities in Toronto. Poster presented at University Health Network’s  Nursing Research Day, Toronto, ON.

Zanchetta, M. S., da Cunha, Z., Ávila, M.M., Boery, R.N., Côte, R., Tel, J., Maulgue, A., Almeida, D.G., Santana, N.D., Paes, I., Renaud, L., Rheaume, J., Perreault, M., & Guruge, S. (Nov 4-9, 2009) . Conocimiento para la acción: Talleres sobre los determinantes sociales de la salud con los agentes comunitarios de salud en Brasil. Poster presentation at la 4ª Conferencia Latinoamericana de   Promoción de la Salud y Educación para la Salud, Medellín, Colombia.

Guruge, S., Kanthasamy, P., Sathananthan, S. S., Refaie-Shirpak, K., & Jokarasa, J. (Oct 25-28, 2009). Older women’s Experiences of and responses to abuse/violence in the post-migration context. Paper presentation at the 16th Annual Canadian Conference on International Health: Health equity: Our global responsibility, Ottawa, ON.

Guruge, S. (Oct  25-28, 2009). The role of informal and formal social support in immigrant women’s responses to partner violence. Poster presentation at the 16th Annual Canadian Conference on International Health: Health equity: Our global responsibility, Ottawa, ON.

Zanchetta, M., da Cunha, Z., Avila, M.M., Boery, R.N., Cote, R., Tel, J.,  Maulgue, A., Almeida, D.G., Santana, N.D., Robeiro, A. M., Renaud, L., Rheaume, J., Perreault, M., & Guruge, S. (Oct 25-28, 2009). Knowledge for action: Workshops about social determinants of health with community health agents in Brazil. Poster presentation at the 16th Annual Canadian Conference on International Health: Health equity: Our global responsibility, Ottawa, ON.

Zanchetta, M., Renaud, L., Cote, R., Rheaume, J., Perreault, M., Tel, J., Maulgue A., Guruge, S. (Oct 25-28, 2009) Les agents de santé communautaires au Brésil pourraient-ils devenir des agents de changement des inégalités en santé? Poster presentation at the 16th Annual Canadian Conference on International Health: Health equity: Our global responsibility, Ottawa, ON.

Guruge, S.  (Oct 22-24, 2009). Older immigrant women’s mental health: A pressing need. Paper presented as part of the symposium: A gendered approach to studying the health and health care access of racialized older adults in Canada (organized by S. Koehn) at the Canadian Association on Gerontology – 38th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting, Winnipeg, MB. 

Schwind, J.K., Guruge, S., Fredericks, S., Sinha, A., Gaudite, V., & Aksenchuk, K. (Oct 4-6, 2009). Stories from the heart: Exploring South Asian women’s experience with heart failure. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Qualitative Health Research conference in Vancouver, BC.

Guruge, S., Kanthasamy, P., Sathananthan, S. S., Refaie-Shirpak, K., & Jokarasa, J. (June 24, 2009). Older women’s Experiences of and responses to abuse/violence in the post-migration context. Paper presentation at the 2nd Annual Nursing Research Day, Leading Research for Health in Our Communities, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON

Refaie-Shirpak, K., Guruge, S., Zanchetta, M., Gastaldo, D., & Hyman, I. (June 24, 2009). Mata-synthesis of Canadian health sciences literature on post-migration changes in marital family relations. Paper presentation at the 2nd Annual Nursing Research Day, Leading Research for Health in Our Communities, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.

Wan, Y. W. T., Guruge, S., Morrison, L., & Canale, L. (June 24, 2009). Domestic violence and social inequalities: A GIS-based study in Hilo, Hawaii. Poster presentation at the 2nd Annual Nursing Research Day, Leading Research for Health in Our Communities, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.

Ahangama-Vidanagei, P. M. A., Guruge, S., Schwind, J. K., & Martin, L. S. (June 24, 2009). Exploring the experience of loneliness among older Sinhalese immigrant women in Canada. Poster presentation at the 2nd Annual Nursing Research Day, Leading Research for Health in Our Communities, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.

Paterson, P., Retta, B., Guruge, S., Refaie-Shirpak, K., & Geda, D. (June 24, 2009). Perceptions and experiences of dating violence among a group of young immigrant women and men. Poster presentation at the 2nd Annual Nursing Research Day, Leading Research for Health in Our Communities, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.

Guruge, S., & Morrison, L. (June 6-7, 2009). Women’s perceptions of and response to intimate partner violence in Hilo: A social inequalities perspective. Paper presentation at the Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences in  Honolulu, Hawaii.

Guruge, S. (June 6-7, 2009). The role of social support in shaping immigrant women’s responses to intimate male partner violence in the Canadian context. Poster presentation at the Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, Honolulu.

Guruge, S., Refaie-Shirpak, K., Gastaldo, D., Hyman, I., Zanchetta, M., Sidani, S. (June 3, 2009). Meta-synthesis of post-migration changes in marital relations in Canada: Implications for health promotion. Poster presentation at the 9th International Family Nursing Conference, From insights to Intervention: The Cutting Edge of Family Nursing in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Guruge, S., Ford-Gilboe, M., Samuels-Dennis, J., Wilke, P., & Hammerton, J. (June 2, 2009). The impact of social support  & conflict on women’s health in the context of leaving an abusive partner. Paper presentation at the 9th International Family Nursing Conference, From insights to Intervention: The Cutting Edge of Family Nursing in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Guruge, S., Refaie-Shirpak, K., Gastaldo, D., Hyman, I., Zanchetta, M., Sidani, S. (May 3, 2009). Meta-synthesis of post-migration changes in marital relations in Canada: Implications for health promotion. Paper presentation at the 26th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference,  Symbolic Interaction and Ethnographic Research  in Waterloo, ON.


2008

Hunter, J., McNally, M. J., Barker, K. K., & Guruge, S. (Sep. 19, 2008). The mobile health unit: An urban reproductive health model for immigrant and refugee women. Poster to be presented at the 5th International Council of Nurses/International Nurse Practitioner/ Advanced Practice Nursing Network, in Toronto, ON.

Guruge, S., Ford-Gilboe, M., Samuels-Dennis, J., Wilke, P., & Hammerton, J. (June 11, 2008). The impact of social support and conflict on women’s health after leaving an abusive partner. Paper presentation at the Annual Nursing Research Day: Partnering for knowledge exchange, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.

Guruge, S., Hunter, J., McNally, M.J., & Barker, K. (June 11, 2008). The experiences of immigrant women receiving care on a mobile health unit. Paper presentation at the Annual Nursing Research Day: Partnering for knowledge exchange, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.

Guruge, S., Kilbride, K., Tyyska, V., Berman, R., Woungang, I., Edwards, S. & Clune, L. (June 11, 2008). The influence of the acquisition of proficiency in English on health services utilization of immigrant women. Poster presentation at the Annual Nursing Research Day: Partnering for knowledge exchange, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.

Hyman, I., Guruge, S., Mason, R., Gould, J., Stuckless, N., Tang, T., Teffera, H., & Mekonnen, G.  (June 11, 2008). Exploring the influence of post-migration changes on marital relationships, conflicts, and partner violence in the Ethiopian community. Poster presentation at the Annual Nursing Research Day: Partnering for knowledge exchange, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.

Fredericks, S., Guruge, S., Sidani, S., Wan, Y. W. T., & Fardad, M. (June 11, 2008). The influence of patient characteristics on perceived learning needs of patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery. Poster presentation at the Annual Nursing Research Day: Partnering for knowledge exchange, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.

Guruge, S., Kilbride, K., Tyyska, V., Berman, R., Woungang, I., Edwards, S. & Clune, L. (March 29, 2008).  The acquisition of proficiency in English among a group of adult immigrant women: Implications for health services utilization. Poster presented at the 2nd Biennial Nursing Conference at the University of Windsor, ON.


2007

Hunter, J., McNally, M. J., Barker, K. K., & Guruge, S. (Nov. 18-21, 2007). Immigrant women’s’ experience of receiving care on a mobile health unit: an alternative model for reproductive care delivery. Paper presented at the Ontario Public Health Association Annual Conference, held in Hamilton, ON.

Hunter, J., McNally, M. J., Barker, K. K., & Guruge, S. (Nov. 7, 2007). Reproductive health care on a mobile health unit: A model for immigrant and refugee women. Paper presented at the University Health Network, Nursing Research Conference, held in Toronto, ON.

Guruge, S. (Oct., 2007). The Influence of the Changes in Social Networks and Supports on Women's Responses to Intimate Partner Violence in the Post-Migration Context. Paper presented at “The 15th Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International (NNVAWI) Conference: Complexities and Diversities: Creating Change in a Global Context” in London, ON.

Guruge, S. (Oct., 2007). Building a Program of Research on Intimate Partner Violence: An Outline of Initial Steps. Poster presented at “The 15th Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International (NNVAWI) Conference: Complexities and Diversities: Creating Change in a Global Context” in London, ON.

Hyman, I., Guruge, S., Mason, R., Gould, J., Stuckless, N., Tang, T., Teffera, H., & Mekonnen, G. (Oct., 2007). Exploring the influence of post-migration changes on marital relationships, conflicts, and partner violence in the Ethiopian community. Poster presented at “The 15th Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International Conference: Complexities and Diversities: Creating Change in a Global Context” in London, ON. Best research poster award.

Ford-Gilboe, M., Guruge, S., Merritt-Gray, M., Wuest, J., Varcoe, C., & Hammerton, J. (Oct, 2007). Capacities and intrusion as predictors of family functioning in the early years after leaving an abusive partner. Paper presented at “The 15th Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International (NNVAWI) Conference: Complexities and Diversities: Creating Change in a Global Context” in London, ON.

McGilton, K., Sidani, S., Guruge, S., Brown, M., & Boscart, V. (July 2007). Relating well with Persons with Dementia. Paper presented at the Sigma Theta Tau International conference in Vienna.

Guruge, S. (June, 2007). Family violence in the post-migration context in Canada. A Paper presented at the 8th International Family Nursing Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.

Guruge, S., & Kanthasamy, P. (June, 2007).  Gender and family relations in the Tamil diaspora in Toronto. Symposium organized for the Tamil Studies Conference, Toronto, On.Ford-Gilboe, M., Guruge, S., Merritt-Gray, M., Wuest, J., Varcoe, C., & Hammerton, J. (June, 2007). Capacities and intrusion as predictors of family functioning in the early years after leaving an abusive partner. Paper presented at the 8th International Family Nursing Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.

Guruge, S. (May, 2007). Intimate partner violence in the post-migration context. Paper presented at the 1st National Community Nursing Conference in Toronto, ON.