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Full Professor and Associate Vice-President, Research, Mount Saint Vincent University

Jacqueline (Jacquie) Gahagan, PhD (medical sociology) (she/her/they/them) is a Full Professor and AVPR at Mount Saint Vincent University. Dr. Gahagan is the Co-Director of the Atlantic Interdisciplinary Research Network for Social and Behavioural Aspects of HIV and HCV (, a former Research Associate with the Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence, the Health Law Institute, the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute, a Founding Fellow of the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance, and is an Affiliate Scientist with the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

Dr. Gahagan’s program of mixed methods health promotion research focuses on evaluating policy and programming interventions using sex and gender-based analyses (SGBA+) to address health inequities among marginalized populations including those living with or affected by HIV, HCV or other STBBIs, the scaling-up of access to innovative HIV testing technologies, older LGBTQ2I populations and housing, primary healthcare utilization among LGBTQ2I communities, end-of-life decision-making, and former youth in care. Prior to joining Dalhousie University, Jacquie worked as an evaluation specialist in public health at the municipal, provincial and national levels in relation to harm reduction, HIV/HCV prevention, and tobacco use cessation.


  • 2021–present
    Full Professor & AVPR, Mount Saint Vincent University
  • 2009–2021
    Full Professor, Dalhousie University
  • 2004–2009
    Associate professor, Dalhousie University
  • 1999–2004
    Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University


  • 1999 
    Wayne State University, PhD (medical sociology)


  • 2021
    Sex- and Gender-Based Analysis in Public Health,

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    Plasma apheresis
    Funding Source:
    Canadian Blood Services
  • 2019
    LGBTQ housing in the time of COVID-19
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2018
    Housing & older LGBTQ populations
    Funding Source:

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Evaluation Society, Credentialed Evaluator


QEII Medal