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Faculty of Community Services

Enza Gucciardi




416-979-5000, ext. 552728

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  • Food insecurity and diabetes.
  • Diabetes self-management education and support.
  • Delivery of chronic disease self-management support services.


Enza Gucciardi (PhD) is an associate professor in the School of Nutrition at Ryerson University. She has an undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences from Ryerson University, a master's degree in Community Health and Epidemiology from the Department of Public Health Sciences and a PhD from the Institute of Medical Sciences, both from the University of Toronto.

Gucciardi's program of research addresses the current challenges of delivering effective self-management support to the increasing population of Canadians with diabetes. She primarily focuses on diabetes self-management practices, the participation and delivery of diabetes self-management education and support programs, and the use, coordination and integration of diabetes management resources and services across the healthcare system.

She also researches the intersection of food insecurity and diabetes self-management, developing strategies for care providers to better support self-management among this vulnerable population.  The objective is to make a valuable contribution to better support and care for those living with diabetes, by directing how diabetes care and self-management education are developed and delivered, in turn, reducing the burden of diabetes in Canada and globally.

A new branch of research she is currently undertaking is to evaluate interventions that can potentially help prevent chronic diseases, such as obesity which is a major risk factor for diabetes, by targeting healthy eating and food skills in adults and children. Gucciardi adopts an interdisciplinary approach and uses mixed-methodologies in her research.

Current Courses:

  • FNN 400: Advanced Nutrition and Health
  • FNP 500: Professional Practice - Diabetes self-management education
  • FNR 100: Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics
  • FNR 310: Senior Quantitative Research Project
  • FNR 400 & 401: Independent Research Project
  • NC 8101: Appraising Scientific Evidence
  • NC 8102: Nutrition and Health Behaviour

Selected Publications:

Publications on PubMed:

Journal articles:

  • Hyman I, Shakya Y, Kljujic D,Jembere, Gucciardi E, Vissandjee.Provider and patient related determinants of diabetes self-management among recent immigrants in Toronto: Implications for systemic change. Canadian Family Physician (In Press).

  • Gucciardi E, Espin S, Morganti A, Dorado L. Exploring Interprofessional Collaboration during the Integration of Diabetes Teams into Primary Care. BMC Family Practice. (In Press).

  • Chan J, DeMelo M, Gingras J, Gucciardi E. Challenges of Diabetes Self-Management in Adults Affected by Food Insecurity in a Large Urban Centre of Ontario, Canada. International Journal of Endocrinology. 2015:903468. doi: 10.1155/2015/903468. Epub 2015 Oct 20.

  • Gucciardi E, Espin S, Morganti A, Dorado L. Implementing Specialized Diabetes Teams in Primary Care in Southern Ontario. Can J Diabetes. 2015 Dec; 39(6):467-77.

  • Banerjee AT1, McTavish S, Ray JG, Gucciardi E, Lowe J, Feig D, Mukerji G, Wu W, Lipscombe LL. Reported Health Behaviour Changes after a Diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus among Ethnic Minority Women Living in Canada. J Immigr Minor Health. J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Aug 20.

  • Gucciardi E, Vahabi M, Norris N, Del Monte JP, Farnum C. The Intersection between Food Insecurity and Diabetes: A Review. Curr Nutr Rep. 2014;3(4):324-332.

  • Hyman I, Gucciardi E, Patychuk D, Rummens JA, Shakya Y, Kljujic D, Bhamani M, Boqaileh F. Self-management, health service use and information seeking for diabetes care among Black Caribbean immigrants in Toronto. Can J Diabetes. 2014 Feb;38(1):32-7.

  • De Melo M, de Sa E, Gucciardi E. Exploring differences in Canadian adult men and women with Diabetes management: results from the Canadian Community Health Survey. BMC Public Health. 2013 Nov 22;13(1).

  • Gucciardi E , Fortugno M , Senchuk A , Beanlands H , McCay E , Peel EE, "Self-monitoring of blood glucose in Black Caribbean and South Asian Canadians with non-insulin treated Type 2 diabetes mellitus: a qualitative study of patients' perspectives.", BMC endocrine disorders, 13(1).

  • Hill S, Gingras J, Gucciardi E. The lived experience of Canadian university students with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Canadian Journal of Diabetes. In Press.

  •  Gucciardi E, Vivian VWS, Mauel L, Souraya S. A Systematic Literature Review of Diabetes Self-Management Education Interventions for Women of Black African/Caribbean and Latin American Ethnicity. Patient Education and Counseling. 2013 Apr 5.        

  •  Fortugno M, Chanra S, Espin S, Gucciardi E.  Fostering Successful Interprofessional Collaboration through an Undergraduate Student Placement in a High School. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 2013 Jan 30. [Epub ahead of print].

  • Mathew RT, DeMelo M, Barrat P, Gucciardi E. Lived experiences of diabetes self-management: A qualitative analysis of gender differences among Individuals with Type 2 diabetes mellitus. BMC Family Practice. 2012 Dec 19;13:122.

  • Gucciardi E, Fortugno M, Horodezny S, Lou W, Sidani S, Espin S, Webster F, Shah BR. Will Mobile Diabetes Education Teams (MDETs) in primary care improve patient care processes and health outcomes? Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.Trials. 2012 Sep 13;13(1):165.

  • Gucciardi E, Chan VWS, Chuen BK, Fortugno M, Horodezny S, Swartzack S. Patient Factors and Perceived Barriers in Attending Diabetes Education Programs. Canadian Journal of Diabetes. Canadian Journal of Diabetes. 36 (2012) pg. 214-17.

  • Gucciardi E, Mathew R, DeMelo M, Bondy S. Profiles of smokers and non-smokers with type 2 diabetes: Initial visits at a diabetes education center. Primary Care Diabetes. 2011 Oct;5(3):185-94.

  • Gucciardi E, Chan VWS, Fortugno M, Khan S, Horodezny S, Swartzack SJ. Primary care physician referral patterns to diabetes education programs in Southern Ontario, Canada. Canadian Journal of Diabetes. 35 (2012) pg. 262-268.

  •  Gucciardi E, Cameron JI, Liao CD, Palmer A, Stewart DE. Factors associated with willingness to participate in health research. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management.

  • Gucciardi E, Vogt JA, DeMelo M, Stewart DE. An exploration of the relationship between household food insecurity and diabetes mellitus in Canada. Diabetes Care. 2009 Dec;32(12):2218-24.

  • Gucciardi E, DeMelo M, Booth G, Tomlinson G, Stewart DE. Individual and contextual factors associated with follow-up use of diabetes self-management education programs: A multi-site prospective analysis. Diabetic Medicine. 2009 May;26(5):510-7.

  • Gucciardi E. A systematic review of attrition from diabetes education services: Strategies to improve attrition and retention research. Canadian Journal of Diabetes. 2008 March;32(1):53-65.

  • Gucciardi E, Wang S, DeMelo M, Medeiros L, Steward SE. Characteristics of men and women with diabetes: Observations during patients' initial visit to a diabetes education centre. Canadian Family Physician. 2008 February;54(2):219-27.

  • Gucciardi E, DeMelo M, Offenheim A, Stewart DE. Factors contributing to attrition behavior in diabetes self-management programs: A mixed method approach. BMC Health Services Research. 2008 February;4;8:33.

  • Gucciardi E, DeMelo M, Offenheim A, Grace SL, Stewart DE. Patient factors associated with attrition from a self-management education programme. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 2007 December;13(6):913-9.

  • Gucciardi E, Cameron JI, Liao CD, Palmer A, Stewart DE. Program design features that can improve participation in health education interventions. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2007 November 9;7:47.

  • Gucciardi E, Wang S, Badiani T, Stewart DE. Beyond adolescence exploring Canadian women and men's perception of overweight. Women’s Health Issues. 2007 Nov-December;17(6):374-82.

  • Gucciardi E, DeMelo, Lee R, Grace SL. Assessment of two culturally competent nutrition education methods: Individual versus group education in Canadian Portuguese adults with type 2 diabetes. Ethnicity and Health. 2007 April;12(2):163-187.

  • Gucciardi E, Smith T, DeMelo M. Use of diabetes resources in adults attending a self-management education program. Patient Education and Counseling. 2006 December;(64): 322-330.

  • Ponzo M, Gucciardi E, Weiland M, Masi R, Lee RNF, Grace SL. Gender, ethnocultural, and psychosocial barriers to nutrition self-management in Italian women and men with Type 2 diabetes: A qualitative and quantitative study. Behavioral Medicine. 2006 Winter;31(4):153-160.

  • Barrata P, Gucciardi E, Ahmad F, Stewart DE. Cross-cultural perspectives on research participation and informed consent. Social Science and Medicine. 2006 January;62(2):479-490.

  • Wong M, Gucciardi E, Li L, Grace SL. Meal preparation in patients with type 2 diabetes and their spouses: A quantitative and qualitative study. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. 2005 Winter;66(4):215-220.

  • Gucciardi E, Celasun N, Ahmad F, Stewart DE. Eating disorders. BMC Womens Health. 2004 August; 25;4 Supplement 1:S21.

  • Stewart DE; Gucciardi E; Grace SL. Depression. BMC Womens Health. 2004August; 25;4 Supplement 1:S19.

  • Gucciardi E, Celasun N, Stewart D.E. Single-mother families in Canada. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2004 Jan-Feb; 95(1):70-73.

  • Gucciardi E, Pietrusiack M, Reynolds D, Rouleau J. Neural tube defects in Ontario: 1986-1999.”   Canadian Medical Association Journal. 2002 August 6;167(3):237-40.

Position Currently Held:

Associate Professor

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