Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology, York University, Canada

Pat Armstrong held a Canada Health Services Research Foundation/Canadian Institute of Health Research Chair in Health Services, is a Distinguished Research Professor in Sociology and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Focusing on the fields of social policy, of women, work and the health and social services, she has published widely, co-authoring and co-editing such books as Troubliing Care:Critical Perspectives on Research and Practices; Shaping Academe for the Public Good; Thinking Women and Health Care Reform in Canada: Women’s health: Intersections of Research, Policy and Practice;They Deserve Better: the Long-term Care Experience in Canada and Scandinavia; A Place to Call Home: Long-term Care in Canada; Critical to Care: the Invisible Women in Health Services and Wasting Away; The Undermining of Canadian Health Care. .Much of this work makes the relationship between paid and unpaid work central to the analysis. She was Chair of Women and Health Care Reform, a group funded for more than a decade by Health Canada, and was acting director of the National Network for Environments and Women’s Health. She is currently co-director at York of the Ontario Training Centre, a member of the Board for the York Institute for Health Research and has served as both Chair of the Department of Sociology at York and Director of the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton. She is also a board member of the Canadian Health Coalition and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. In addition, she has served as an expert witness in more than a dozen cases, heard before bodies ranging from the Federal Court to federal Human Rights Tribunals on issues related to women’s health care work and to pay equity. She has been a co-investigator and principal investigator on a large number of grants, primarily focused on women’s work, women’s health and health care. Funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, she is Pincipal Investigator on "Reimagining Long-term Residential Care: An International Study of Promising Practices" and on the CIHR funded "Healthy Aging in Residential Places"

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    Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology, York University, Canada