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Josephine Pui-Hing Wong

Title:

Associate Professor

Doctorate:

RN, BA, BScN, MScN, PhD

Office:

POD-468-B

Telephone:

416-979-5000 ext. 6303

Email Address:

jph.wong@ryerson.ca

Biography:

Dr. Wong has extensive experience in critical public health. Prior to joining Ryerson, she was a Planning and Policy Consultant at Toronto Public Health, where she undertook leadership roles in the development of the Access and Equity Policy, the Toronto Public Health Practice Framework, and large-scale health communication campaigns.  She has collaborated with marginalized communities to develop, implement and evaluate health promotion and capacity building programs for more than 2 decades.  

Dr. Wong is a proud graduate of Ryerson University (BSc. Nursing, 1996) and University of Toronto (MSc. Nursing, 2001). In 2011, she completed her Doctor of Philosophy in the Social Science & Health Program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.  She has also competed the CIHR Collaborative Doctoral Program in Health Care, Technology, and Place.

Dr. Wong’s teaching focuses on community health nursing and people-centered health promotion with an emphasis on social justice and health equity. Her research focuses on identity construction and gendered health practices; migration, HIV and mental health; and capacity building interventions.  Her research is underpinned by the principle of doing research “with” and “not for” the affected communities.  Currently, she is leading and co-leading numerous team grants to reduce HIV and mental illness stigma, address vulnerabilities and promote resilience in the Asian, Black and Latino diasporic communities. 

 

Research Grants and Awards 

2015-2016        Co-Principal Investigator: Supporting the Supporters: Promoting Resilience Among PHA Service Providers, funded by the Ontario HIV Treatment Network Community-based Research and Evaluation Grant ($25,000).

2014-2019        Nominated Principal Investigator: Reducing HIV Vulnerabilities and Promoting Resilience Among Self-Identified Heterosexual African, Caribbean and Black Men in Ontario, funded by CIHR Institute of Gender and Health – Boys’ & Men’s Health Team Grant ($1,499,925).  Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Winston Husbands (Toronto); Dr. F. Omorodion (Windsor); Dr. J. Etowa (Ottawa); and Dr. I. Luguinaah (London).

2014-2015        Co-Investigator: Mental Health of Temporary Migrant Workers in Ontario, funded by RBC Immigrant Diversity and Inclusion Project ($9,000).  Principal Investigator: Dr. M. Vahabi (Toronto)

2013-2018        Sole Applicant: Mobilizing Ethno-racial Minority and Newcomer Communities to Address HIV/STI Stigma and Reduce HIV Vulnerabilities, funded by Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) and Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Salary Award Program ($300,000).

2013-2016        Co-Principal Investigator: Reducing Stigma Of Mental Illness Among Boys and Men In Asian Communities In Canada: An Innovative Intervention Study, funded by Movember Foundation ($3,000,000). Nominated PI: Dr. S. Guruge (Toronto); Co-PIs: Drs. K. Fung; K. Mckenzie; and S. Sidani (Toronto); Drs. D. Este and D. Lai (Calgary) and Dr. M. Morrow (Vancouver).

2014-2015        Co-Investigator: The Story-Sharing for Sexual Health Among South Asian Women Study, funded by Women’s Exchange, Women’s College Hospital ($15,000). Nominated PI: V. Chikermane (Toronto)

2014-2014        Nominated Principal Investigator: Reducing HIV Vulnerabilities and Promoting Resilience Among Self-Identified Heterosexual African, Caribbean and Black Men in Ontario, funded by CIHR Institute of Gender and Health, Letter of Intent Program ($10,000). Co-PIs: Dr. Winston Husbands (Toronto); Dr. F. Omorodion (Windsor); Dr. J. Etowa (Ottawa); and Dr. I. Luguinaah (London).

2013-2014        Nominated Principal Investigator: Youth Engagement to Prevent HIV/STI and Promote Sexual Health Study (YEP Study), funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Catalyst Grant – HIV/AIDS CBR Program ($33,000).  Co-PIs: Drs. F. Fung; A. Li and M. Poon (Toronto).

2013-2015        Principal Investigator: Promoting Emotional and Sexual Health of Young Asian Women Through Psycho-flexibility and Empowerment Interventions, funded by Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University ($5,000).

2012-2013        Principal Applicant: Champions Across Boundaries: Voices of Ethno-racial Faith, Media, Social Justice and PHA Leaders Against HIV Stigma, funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Café Scientifique Program ($3,000).

2012-2013        Co-Investigator: Pathways to Resiliency: An exploratory study on strength based approaches to HIV prevention and health promotion strategies amongst East and Southeast Asian men who have sex with men, funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Catalyst Grant – HIV/AIDS CBR Program ($33,000). Nominated PI: Dr. A. Li; Co-PIs: R. Utama and Dr. M. Poon (Toronto).

2012-2013        Principal Investigator: Cultures, Identities, and Voices: An Exploratory Study on the Growing Up Experiences, Relationships and Sexual Health of Asian young women in Toronto, funded by Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University ($4,999).

2011-2014        Co-Principal Investigator: CHAMP: Community Champions HIV/AIDS Advocates Mobilization Project - A Community-based Intervention Study, funded by CIHR - HIV/AIDS Community-based Research Grant ($375,000). Nominated PI: Dr. A. Li; Co-PI: Dr. K. Fung (Toronto)

2012-2013        Co-Principal Investigator: Scoping review: Determining the components of a trauma-informed intervention to improve the mental well-being of IRN PHAs, funded by CIHR Social Research Centre in HIV Prevention ($21,391). Co-PIs: M. Umana; W. Tharao; Dr. C. Logie, and D. M. Loutfy (Toronto).

2011-2012        Co-Investigator: Asian Migrant Farm Workers in Ontario: HIV Knowledge, Practices and Health Care Utilization, funded by Ontario HIV Treatment Network, CBR Capacity Building Funding ($25,000). Nominated PI: Dr. N. Sutdhibhasilp; Co-PI: Drs. M. Vahabi and M. Poon (Toronto).

2010-2012        Co-investigator: The Ontario Women’s Study: What Women Have to Say about HIV Prevention? Implications for Policy and Program Development. Funded by Ontario HIV Treatment Network ($278,000). Nominated PI: Dr. L. Leonard (Ottawa); Co-PIs: Drs. C. A. Amaratunga; M. Millson; M. Loutfy; R. Remis.

2009-2010        Co-Principal Investigator: Mobilizing Ethno-racial Community Leaders against HIV/AIDS Stigma and Discrimination, funded by the Ontario HIV Treatment Network, START Development Grants in Prevention Research ($100,000). Nominated PI: Dr. A. Li (Toronto)

2009-2010        Co-investigator: An Evaluation Study of Capacity Building in the Raising Sexually Healthy Children (RSHC) Peer Parent Leader Training Program in the Chinese, Portuguese, and Tamil Communities, funded by Toronto Public Health and the RSHC Community Coalition ($10,000). [Nominated PI: Dr. M. Narushima (Toronto)

 

 

Selected Publications & Presentations:

PUBLICATIONS (REFEREED)

Hilario, C., Oliffe, J., Wong, J. P., Browne, A., & Johnson, J. (in press). Migration and young people’s mental health in Canada: A scoping review. Journal of Mental Health.

Wong, J. P. & Li, A. T. (in press) The Exclusionary Circle Game: A tool to promote critical dialogue about HIV stigma and social justice. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 9 (3).

Chen, Y. Y. B., Li, A. T., Fung, K. P., & Wong, J. P. (2015). Improving access to mental health services for racialized immigrants, refugees, and non-status people living with HIV/AIDS. The Journal Of Health Care For The Poor And Underserved, 26(2), 505-18. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2015.0049. 2015.  

Li, A. T., Wales, J., Wong, J. P., Owino, M., Perreault, Y., Maseko, P., & Guiang, C. (2015). Changing access to mental health care and social support when PHAs become service providers. AIDS Care, 27(2), 176-181, DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2014.940269

Narushima, M., Wong, J. P., Li, A., & Sutdhibhasilp, N. (2014). Sustainable empowerment and capacity building among immigrant communities: An evaluation case study of Raising Sexually Healthy Children Program in Canada. Health Promotion International, 29(1):26-37, doi: 10.1093/heapro/dat035

Wong, J. P., Li, A. T., Poon, M. K-L., & Fung, K. P. (2013). An exploratory study on the determinants of mental health among immigrants, refugees and non-status people living with HIV in Toronto. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 9(3), 122-134. doi: 10.1108/IJMHSC-07-2013-0026

Poon, M. K.-L., Wong, J. P., Sutdhibhasilp, N., Ho, P. T. T., & Wong, B. (2013). Sexual practices and sex-seeking behaviours among East and Southeast Asian men who have sex with men in Toronto:Implications for HIV prevention. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 22 (2), 77-85

Wong, J. P., & Poon, M. K.-L. (2013). Challenging homophobia and heterosexism through critical dialogue and storytelling among Chinese immigrant parents. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 15(1),15-28. doi: 10.1080/13691058.2012.738310.

Wong, J. P., Chan, K. B., Boi-Doku, R., & McWatt, S. (2012). Sexual stigma and discourses of morality as barriers to accessing sexual health care among young women in Toronto. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 21(2), 75-89.

Poon, M. K.-L., Wong, J. P., Sutdhibhasilp, N., Ho, P. T. T., & Wong, B. (2012). Drug use and STI/HIV risk among East and Southeast Asian men who have sex with men in Toronto. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 21 (3/4), 127-133.

Poon, M. K.-L., Wong, J. P., Sutdhibhasilp, N., Ho, P. T. T., & Wong, B. (2011). HIV and STI testing among East and Southeast Asian men who have sex with men in Toronto.  Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 20(4), 157-158.

Poon, M. K.-L., Wong, J. P., Sutdhibhasilp, N., Ho, P. T., & Wong, B. (2011). Condom use among East and Southeast Asian men attending gay bathhouses in Toronto. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 20(3), 67-74.

Wong, J. P. & Poon, M. K. L. (2010). Bringing translation out of the shadow: Translation as an issue of methodological significance in cross-cultural qualitative research. Journal of Transcultural Nursing 21(2), 151-158.

Wong, Y. R., Wong, J. P., & Fung, K. P. (2010). Mental health promotion through empowerment and community capacity building among East and Southeast Asian immigrant and refugee women. Canadian Issues, Summer 2010, 108-113.

 


RESEARCH REPORTS

Li, A., Poon, M., Utama, R. . . Wong, J. P. (2015). Asian MSM pathways to resiliency (AMP2R) Community-based research study report. Toronto, ON: Asian Community AIDS Services.

Binohland-Bahiwal, G., Cabarios, C., Encalada, E. V., … Wong, J. P. (alphabetical order, 2015). Asian migrant farm workers in Ontario: HIV knowledge, sexual practices and health care utilization. Toronto, ON: Asian Community AIDS Services.

Narushima, M., Wong, J. P., Li, A., & Sutdhibhasilp, N. (2011). Empowerment, capacity building and sustainability: An evaluation case study after 10 Years - The Raising Sexually Healthy Children Peer Parent Leader Program in the Chinese, Portuguese, and Tamil Communities. Toronto: Toronto Public Health.

 

TRAINING MANUALS/TOOLS

Fung, K. P., & Wong, J. P. (2014). Acceptance and Commitment Training Manual. Toronto, ON: Strength In Unity Research Project.

Fung, K. P., & Wong, J. P. (2014). Acceptance and Commitment Training Cards. Toronto, ON: Strength In Unity Research Project.

 

BOOK CHAPTERS

Kahan, B., Groulx, D., & Wong, J. P. (2009). The Interactive Domain Model Approach to best practices in health promotion. In R. DiClemente, R. Crosby & M. Kegler (Eds.), Emerging theories and models in health promotion research & practice (2nd ed., pp. 511-534). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

 

SELECTED PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS/CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Wong, J. P., Li, A., Luyombya, H., Hui, C., . . . Fung, K. P.  (2015, May). Successful community HIV stigma reduction and collective empowerment: A methodological analysis of CHAMP.  Poster presented at the 24th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research (April 30 – May 3), Toronto, ON. The Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology,26 (Supplement B), 111B.

Luyombya, L., Li, A., Hui, C., Tesfamichael, A., Poon, K., Maitland, D., Bisignano, C., & Wong, J. P. (2014, July,). Impact of stigma reduction interventions on non-PLWHA community leaders.  at the 20th International AIDS Conference (July 20-25) Melbourne, Australia.

Li, A., Poon, M. K-L., Sutdhibhasilp, N., Hui, C., Utama, R. & Wong, J. P. (2014, July). Reducing HIV vulnerabilities: Resilience promoting strategies for Asian men who have sex with men in Toronto, Canada. Poster presented at the 20th International AIDS Conference (July 20-25), Melbourne, Australia.

Fung, K., & Wong, J. P. (2014, June). Using Acceptance and Commitment Training to address HIV/AIDS stigma in ethno-racial communities. Paper presented at the 12th Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) World Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Wong, J. P., Li, A., Bisignano, C., Luymobya, H., Fung, K., Lopez, R. . . Ongoiba, F. (2013, November) Effective strategies to promote participant retention in intervention research: Insights from the study. Poster presented at OHTN Research Conference (November 18-19), Toronto, ON.

Wong, J. P. (2013, November). Different Ways of Knowing: Using Resonant Texts to Explore Gender, Cultures, and Sexualities of Asian Young Women in Toronto. An arts installation of research at the OHTN Research Conference (November 18-19), Toronto, ON.

Fung, K., Wong, J. P., Li, A., Tesfamichael, A., Maticka-Tyndale, E., Zurowski, M. . . Murray, J. (2013, November). Beyond Scales: Capturing and flushing out the effects of stigma and the impact of anti-stigma interventions. Oral presentation at the OHTN Research Conference (November 18-19), Toronto, ON.

Li, A., Poon, M., Utama, R., Hui, C., & Wong, J. P. (2013, November) From crisis to rebirth: Exploring resiliency responses of Asian MSM in dealing with testing HIV positive. Oral presentation at OHTN Research Conference (November 18-19), Toronto, ON.

Wong, J. P., & Whalen, J. (2013, November). Understanding the intersecting effects of gender, class, race and culture on the sexual practices of young Asian women in Toronto. Oral presentation at OHTN Research Conference (Nov 18-19), Toronto, ON.

Wong, J. P., Li, A., Bisignano, C., Luymobya, H., et.al. (2013, November). Effective strategies to promote participant retention in intervention research: Insights from the CHAMP study. Poster presented at OHTN Research conference (November 18-19), Toronto, ON.

Wong, J. P., Li, A., Fung, K., Luyombya, H., & Maticka-Tyndale, E. (2013, August). Reducing internal and enacted HIV stigma through community empowerment and capacity building interventions. A 90-minute workshop presented at The 21st IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion - Best Investment for Health (Aug 25-29, 2013), Pattaya, Thailand.

Wong, J. P., Hui, C., & Luyombya, H. (2013, June). Stigma reduction as a critical HIV prevention, testing, and care strategy. A 90-minute workshop at the 35th Guelph Sexuality Conference, Guelph, ON.

Wong, J. P. (2013, June).  Know Your Body. But Which Aspects?: Voices of 1.5th and 2nd generation young Asian Canadian Women. A 90-minute workshop at the 35th Guelph Sexuality Conference, Guelph, ON.

Wong, J. P., Fung, K., Li, A., Bisignano, C., Poon, K., & Luyombya. (2013, June) Building community championship to reduce HIV stigma and address health disparities. Oral presentation at the 6th Annual Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing Research Day: Promoting Equity through Health Research-Embracing Possibilities, Toronto, ON.

Wong, J. P., Li, A., Bisignano, C., Fung, K., Kapac, J., Maitland, D., & Tesfamichael, A. (2012, November). Social Justice Capacity Building Training for HIV stigma reduction: Insights from the CHAMP Study.  Oral presentation at the 2012 OHTN Research Conference, Toronto, ON.

Li, A., Wong, J. P., Maticka-Tyndale, E., Fung, K., Luyombya, H., Corroy, F. . . . Tesfamichael, A. (2012, November). Challenges and successes in recruitment and retention of ethno-racial community PHA and non-PHA leaders in a time-intensive anti-stigma intervention research. Oral presentation at the 2012 OHTN Research Conference, Toronto, ON.

Wong, J. P., Li, A., & Luyombya, H. (2012, May). Advancing health equity among newcomer and racial minority people living with HIV/AIDS through cross-sector engagement. Oral presentation at the 6th Community Health Nurses Conference, Markham, Ontario.

Wong, J. P., Luyombya, H., & Li, A. (2012, April). Building capacity and promoting access to knowledge: Experiences from a community-campus critical learning circle. Oral presentation at the 15th Community-Campus Partnership for Health (CCPH) Conference, Houston, Texas.

Li, A., Wong, J. P., & Luyombya, H. (2012, April). Engaging immigrants and refugees living with HIV/AIDS in knowledge translation and exchange (KTE). A 90-minute skills-building workshop at the 15th Community-Campus Partnership for Health (CCPH) Conference, Houston, Texas.

Wong, J. P., Luyombya, H., Li, A., Bisignano, A., Maitland, D., Poon, K., Hui, C., & Corroy, F. (2012, Apr). Grassroots to HIV Champions: Meaningful Engagement of PHA in Community-based Action Research. Poster presented at the 21st Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research (CAHR), Montreal, Quebec. The Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology, 23(Supplement A).

Wong, J. P. (2011, November). Improving HIV prevention, treatment and care through community-based action research in racial minority and newcomer communities. Oral presentation at the Ontario Multicultural Health Applied Research Network Forum, Toronto, ON.

Wong, J. P. (2011, November). HIV vulnerabilities of street-involved young men in Toronto. Oral presentation at the 2011 OHTN Research Conference, Toronto, ON.

Li, A., Owino, M., Martella, A., & Wong, J. P. (2011 May). Building equitable partnership to address HIV, mental health and addiction related challenges. A workshop presentation at the Diversity and Equity in Mental Health and Addiction Conference, Toronto, ON.

Wong, J. P. (2011, April). Moving beyond the discourse of ‘individual risky behaviors’: Addressing social inequalities as risk conditions for HIV infections among marginalized young men. Poster presentation at the 20th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research. The Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology, 22(Supplement B), 120B.

Wong, J. P., Li, A., Fung, K., Luyombya, H., Abdulghani, O., Kapac, J., . . . Ongoiba, F. (2011, April). Addressing HIV stigma and discrimination in ethnoracial communities. Oral presentation at the 20th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research. The Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology, 22(Supplement B), 31B.

Wong, J. P., Li, A., Fung, K., Kapac, J., Luyombya, H., . . . Nambia, D.  (2011, February). Engaging ethnoracial leaders to address HIV-related health disparities: Challenges and opportunities. Promoting Health Equity Conference, Toronto, ON.

Narushima, M., Wong, J. P., Li, A., & Sutdhibhasilp, N. (2011, February). Building sustainable capacity through a health promotion program in immigrant communities: An analysis of a peer parent leadership program on family sex education in three immigrant communities in Toronto. Promoting Health Equity Conference, Toronto, ON.

Wong, J. P. (2010, November). Mainstreaming CBR: From the margin to the centre, or gradual usurpation? Paper presentation at the 2010 OHTN Research Conference, Toronto, ON.

Li, A., Wong, J. P., Desbiens, M., Luyombya, H., Owino, M. & Maggi, J. (2010, May). Not a means to an end: Knowledge translation and exchange of critical community based research. Paper presented at the 19th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research, Saskatoon, SK. The Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology, 21(Supplement B), 15B.