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Shari Brotman, Associate Professor (on sabbatical 2014/15)

Shari Brotman

Bio

Dr. Brotman's scholarly activities center on questions of access and equity in the design and delivery of health and social services to cultural communities in Canada. Her work incorporates an intersectional approach focussing specifically on gender, race, culture, sexuality, disability and aging. Dr. Brotman works through the theoretical lenses of feminism and anti-oppression. Her work is supported by grants from SSHRC, CIHR, CQRS, FQRSC and Health Canada. Currently, Dr. Brotman is involved with two interdisciplinary research teams. The first, situated at UQAM addresses the health of sexual minority communities in Canada. The second, with CREGES, focuses upon aging, social exclusion and solidarity - visit their website here. As a published author, Dr. Brotman's work appears in peer-reviewed national and international journals and books. She presents findings at community and academic events across the country. The courses she teaches focus on Anti-Oppression, Social Work Practice and Social Gerontology.

Résumé

Dr. Shari Brotman is Associate Professor at the McGill School of Social Work. She received her doctorate from the University of Toronto in 2000. She has worked extensively, as an educator, researcher and practitioner in the fields of gerontological social work (access to care; care giving; gender, race, class, sexual orientation and disability issues in aging) and anti-oppression social work (focusing primarily on the incorporation of feminist, anti-racist and queer-positive models in social work education, research and practice). She was employed as both a social work practitioner and researcher at a variety of community organizations in Montreal, including Jewish Support Services for the Elderly and the McGill Consortium for Ethnicity and Strategic Social Planning. Her primary areas of research and writing include access to service among marginalized communities, social justice initiatives in health, social gerontology and caregiving, and intersectionality in health research. Dr. Brotman is currently the PhD Program Director at the School of Social Work.


Education

Ph.D. (University of Toronto) 2000

MSW (McGill University) 1991

BSW (McGill University) 1988


Employment

2005-present Associate Professor

McGill University, Faculty of Arts, School of Social Work

1999 Assistant Professor

McGill University, Faculty of Arts, School of Social Work

1993-1995 McGill Consortium for Ethnicity and Strategic Social Planning

McGill University

1991-1993 Social Worker

Jewish Support Services for the Elderly

Research

Areas of interest

  • Gerontological social work theory, policy and practice (access to care; care giving; gender, race, class, sexual orientation and disability issues in aging)
  • Anti-oppression social work theory and practice

Recent grants

2014-2018

Regards sur la vieillesse et le vieillissement: De l'expérience singulière aux enjeux collectifs, (FQRSC- Soutien aux infrastructures de recherche des Instituts et des Centres affiliés universitaires du secteur social)

$866, 957

 

Principal Investigator: Marier, P., (PI) Brotman, S., Carbonneau, H., Hebblethwaite S., Laforest, S., Leibing, A., Sawchuck, K., Sussman, T., Séguin, A-M., Therriault, P-Y.s Aubin, G., Bourgeois-Guérin, V., Raymond, É., Wallach, I., Durivage, P., Gilbert, N., Israel, S., Orzeck, P., Parisien, M., Regenstreif, A., Couture, M., Van Pevenage, I., Barylak, L., Charette, J., Cox, N., Dulka, I., Dupont, S., Freitas, Z., Montpetit, C., Starnino, C., Touchette, C., Zacchia, L., Nour, K.

2014-18

L’inclusion sociale des personnes âgées. Enjeux de reconnaissance et de redistribution. Équipe de recherche en partenariat VIES (Vieillissements, exclusions sociales et solidarités) (FRSQ- Soutien aux équipes de recherche)

$480, 454

 

Principal Investigator: Séguin, A-M. (PI) , Apparicio, P., Brotman, S., Dallaire, B., Marier P., Negron Poblete, P., Sussman, T., Wallach, I., Van Pevenage, I., Bouchard, C., Dupuis, M-J., Parisien, M.,  Regenstreif, A.

2012

Developing a program of research to identify and address the health and health service needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults who reside in long-term care homes (CIHR).

$25,000

 

Principal Investigator: Tamara Sussman; Co-Investigators: Shari Brotman, Line Chamberland, Andrea Daley, Jean Dumas, Judy McDonnell, Heather MacIntosh, Bill Ryan

2011-2014

Exploring and enhancing access to in-home health services for LGBT communities (CIHR).

$410,047

 

Principal Investigators: Andrea Daley and Judith MacDonald; Co-Investigators: Shari Brotman, Jane Aronson, Tim Poley, Teresa Knott, Loralee Gillis

2010-2013

Vieillissements, exclusions sociales et solidarités (FQRSC Equipe)

$652,976

 

Principal Investigator: Charpentier, M.; Co-Investigators: Barylak, L., Brotman, S., Brown, B., Carpentier, N., Charles, A., Cytrynbaum, F., Dallaire, B., Durivage, P, Freitas, Z, Gilbert, N., Hockenstein, E., Israel, S., Grenier, A., Guberman, N., Lavoie, JP, Leibing, A., Lithwick, M., Moscovi, N., Olazabal, I., Regenstreif, A., Sevigny, A., Silverman, M., Thomas, D., Sussman, T.

2009-2010

Critical Gerontology- International Opportunities (SSHRC).

$50,000

 

Principal Investigator: Amanda Grenier; Co Investigators: C. Phillipson, T.S. Scharf, M. Bernard, S. Brotman, T. Sussman, M. Charpentier, M. Mcmullin, S. Katz, A. Dumas, A. Andrews, S. Biggs

2006-2010

Vulnerability and Resilience Among Sexual Minorities in Canada (CIHR).

$805,185

Principal Investigator: Julien, D., Jevy, J. J., Ryan, B. ; Co-Investigators: Brotman S., Chamberland, L., Dorais, M., Frank, B., Hastings, P., Leobon, A., Peterkin, A., Tremblay, N., Ristock, J.


2007-2009

Exploring Intersectionalities: Trajectories of Migration Among Aboriginal and Refugee People in Canada (CIHR)

$90,000

Principal Investigators: Brotman, S. and Ristock, J.

2006-2010

Vulnerabilité et résilience chez les minorities sexuelles au Québec (FQRSC)

$456,604

Principal Investigator: Julien, D. Co-Investigators: Brotman S., Chamberland, L., Dorais, M., Frank, B., Hastings, P., Leobon, A., Levy, J., Peterkin, A., Tremblay, N., Ristock, J., Ryan, B.


2006-2009

Two-Spirit Women's Experience of Homophobia in the Context of HIV/AIDS (CIHR)

$294,336

Principal Investigators: Randy Jackson and Janice Ristock; Co-Investigators: LaVerne Monette, Joyce Seto, Shari Brotman


2006-2007

Strategic Research Clusters Grant on Gender and Sexual Diversity and Health (SSHRC)

$25,000

Principal Investigator: Nick Mule; Co-Investigators: Shari Brotman, Bill Ryan


2005-2009

Vieillissements, exclusions sociales et solidarités (FQRSC)

$586,926

Principal Investigator: Nancy Guberman; Co-Investigators: Bernadette Dallaire, Amanda Grenier, Suzanne Laberge, Sophie Laforest, Jean-Pierre Lavoie, Frederic LeCren, Annette Leibing, Lyse Montminy, Daniel Thomas, Jean Vézina, Aline Vézina, Rossitza Nikolova. Collaborators: Helene Belleau, Shari Brotman, Yves Carriere, Michele Charpentier, Eric Gagnon, Céline Gosselin, Richard Lucie, Yvonne Robitaille, Patrick Villeneuve


2004-2005

Sexuality, Intimacy and Caregiving (CSSS Cavendish)

$5,000

Principal Investigator: Shari Brotman; Co-Investigators: Nancy Guberman, Janine Wiles, Suzanne Laberge, Joanne Otis, Lucy Barylak, Marjorie Silverman; Faye Porter


2002-2005

The Health and Social Service Needs of Gay and Lesbian Elders and Their Families: An Exploration in Three Canadian Cities Stage 2 (CIHR)

$109, 570

Principal Investigators: Shari Brotman, Bill Ryan Co-Investigators: Danielle Julien, Line Chamberland, Allan Peterkin; Collaborators: Robert Cormier


2002-2005

Migration, familles et aide et soins aux proches ayant des incapacités (CQRS)

$127,930

Principal Investigator: Jean-Pierre Lavoie; Co-Investigators: Nancy Guberman,  Shari Brotman, Helene Belleau, Alex Battaglini


2001

Promoting the Health and Well-Being of Ethno-racial Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Two-Spirited People in Canada (Health Canada Population Health Branch)

$13,500

Co-Principal Investigators: Bill Ryan, Shari Brotman; Co-Investigator: Bill Rowe.


2001-2002

National Meeting of GLB Researchers in Health (Health Canada)

$45,000

Co-organizers: Shari Brotman, Bill Ryan


2000

International Social Work Symposium: Women Organizing Towards an Equitable Society (SSHRC)

$8150
(McGill Internal) $1,000

Organizer: Shari Brotman


2000

Psychosocial, Health and Housing Needs of Gay and Lesbian Elders (SSHRC)

$7,500

Principal Investigator: Shari Brotman


2000

Access to Care: Exploring the Health and Well-Being of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Two-Spirited People in Canada (Health Canada)

$25,000

Co-Principal Investigators: Bill Ryan, Shari Brotman; Co-Investigator: Bill Rowe


2000

Critical Issues in Practice With Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Two-Spirited People: Curriculum Development Initiative (Health Canada)

$9,800

Co-Principal Investigators: Bill Ryan, Shari Brotman


Publications

Lee, EOJ., Brotman, S. (2013) Speak out! Structural intersectionality and anti-oppressive practice with LGBTQ refugees in Canada. Canadian social work review 30(2), 157-184. 

Brotman, S., Lee, E. (2011). Exploring gender and sexuality through the lens of intersectionality: Sexual minority refugees in Canada. Canadian social work review 28(1), 151-156.

Lee, E., Brotman, S. (2011). Identity, refugeeness, belonging: Experiences of sexual minority refugees in Canada. Canadian review of sociology 48(3), 241-274.

Hankivsky, O., Reid, C., Cormier, R., Varcoe, C., Clark, N., Benoit, C., Brotman, S. (2010). Exploring the promises of intersectionality for advancing women's health research. International journal for equity in health 9,5.

Woodford, M., Newman, P. Brotman, S. (eds.) (2010) Recognizing same-sex relationships: Contemporary reflections and developments. Special issue of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services 22 (1,2) Routledge Press.

Woodford, M., Newman, P., Brotman, S. , Ryan, B. (2010). Northern enlightenment: Legal recognition of same-sex marriage in Canada: Strengthening social work's advocacy efforts in Woodford, M., Newman, P., Brotman, S. (eds.) Recognizing same-sex relationships: Contemporary reflections and developments. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services 22(1,2), 191-209.

Brotman, S, Watkins, J, Ryan, B. (2010) City of Toronto Long-Term Care Homes and Services Division: LGBT Diversity initiative documentation project. McGill University.

Brotman, S. , Lee, E. (2010) Speak Out!: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer refugees in Canada-Exploring intersections of sexual, gender and cultural diversity. Final Report and Community Zine. McGill University.

Lavoie, JP, Guberman, N. & Brotman, S. (2010). Service use by immigrant families caring for an older relative. In D. Durst amd M. MacLean. Diversity and aging among immigrant seniors in Canada : Changing faces and greying temples. Temeron Books.

Grenier, A., Brotman, S. (2010). Les multiples vieillissements et leurs representations. In Charpentier, M., Guberman,N., Billette, V., Lavoie, JP., Grenier, A., Olazabal, I. Vieillir au pluriel : Perspectives sociales. Presses de l'Université du Québec, pp 23-34.

S. Brotman & J. Joseph Levy (eds.) (2008) Intersections: Cultures, sexualités et genres. Québec: Presses de l'Université du Québec, Coll. Santé et Société.


Ryan, B., Brotman, S., Baradaran, A. & Lee, E. (2008) The Color of Queer Health Care: Experiences of Multiple Oppression in the Lives of Queer People of Color In Canada In  S. Brotman & J. Joseph Levy (eds.)(2008) Intersections: Cultures, sexualités et genres. Québec: Presses de l'Université du Québec, Coll. Santé et Société.


Brotman, S. & Ryan, B. (2008) La sante des personnes b-spirituel(le)s au Canada. In S. Brotman & J. Joseph Levy (eds.)(2008) Intersections: Cultures, sexualités et genres. Québec: Presses de l'Université du Québec, Coll. Santé et Société.


Brotman, S., Ryan, B. Collins, S., Chamberland, L., Cormier, R., Julien, D.,  Meyer, E., Peterkin, A., Richard, B.  (2007) Coming Out to Care: Caregivers of Gay and Lesbian Seniors in Canada. The Gerontologist 47(4), p. 490-503.


Brotman, S., Ryan, B., Meyer, L. (2007) Les particularités des aînés gais et lesbiennes de Montréal : Histoires de dignité et d'espoir en des temps de changements. In D. Julien & J. Josy Levy (eds.).  Homosexualités:  Réalités urbaines et régionales. Québec: Presses de l'Université du Québec.Coll. Santé et Société. P. 95-114.

Lavoie, J.P., Guberman, N., Battaglini, A., Belleau, H., Brotman, S., Montejo, M.E., Hallouche, K. (2007) Prendre soin en contexte d'immigration récente, les limites aux solidarités familiales à l'égard des membres de la famille avec incapacités. Enfances, Familles, Générations.

Lavoie, JP, Guberman, N., Battaglini, A., Belleau, H., Brotman, S., Montejo, ME, Hallouche, K. (2006). Entre le soin et l'insertion: L'expérience de familles d'immigration récente qui prennent soin d'un proche. CSSS Cavendish. Montreal, QC.


Brotman, S., Ryan, B., Meyer, L. (2006). The Health and Social Service Needs of Gay and Lesbian Seniors and Their Families in Canada – Executive Summary and Training Materials (in English and French). McGill School of Social Work. Montreal, QC.


Brotman, S., Ryan, B., Meyer, L. (2006). The Health and Social Service Needs of Gay and Lesbian Elders. Final Report. McGill School of Social Work. Montreal, QC.


Brotman, S. (2005) Review of Research Methods with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender  Populations. By William Meezan and James Martin (editors).  The Hayworth Press. 2003 reviewed in the Canadian Social Work Review 22(1), 117-118.


Brotman, S. & Ryan, B. (2004) An Intersectional Approach to Queer Health Policy and Practice: Two-Spirit People in Canada. Canadian Diversity 3(1), 59-64.


Chervin, M., Brotman, S., Ryan, B. & Mullin, H.  (2003). Transforming Schools of Social Work into Spaces of Social Action: A Critical Exploration of Project Interaction, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Two-Spirit Initiative of McGill University's School of Social Work. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health 22(2), 85-103.


Brotman, S
., Ryan, B. Cormier, R. (2003). The Health and Social Service Needs of Gay and Lesbian Elders and Their Families in Canada. The Gerontologist  43(2), 192-202.


Brotman, S.
(2003). The Limits of Multiculturalism in Elder Care Services. Journal of Aging Studies 17(2), 209-229.


Brotman, S.
(2002). The Primacy of Family in Elder Care Discourse: Home Care Services to Older Ethnic Women in Canada. Journal of Gerontological Social Work 38(3), 19-52.


Ryan, B., Brotman, S. & Malowaniec, L. (2002). Outcomes of the NationalMeeting of Canadian Researchers in the Field of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Two-Spirit People's Health-Conclusions de la Réunion Nationale des Chercheurs Canadiens dans le Domaine de la Santé des Personnes Gaies, Lesbiennes, Bisexuelles et Bispirtuelles. Canadian Social Work 4(1), 43-54-Travail Social Canadien 4(1), 47-59.


Brotman, S.
, Ryan, B., Jalbert, Y. & Rowe, B. (2002). The Impact of Coming Out on Health and Health Care Access: The Experiences of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Two-Spirit People. Journal of Health and Social Policy. 15(1), 1-29.


Brotman, S.,
Ryan, B., Jalbert, Y. & Rowe, B. (2002). Reclaiming Space-Regaining Health: Health Care Access and Two-Spirit People in Canada. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services 14(1), 67-87.


Brotman, S.
, Ryan, B. & Cormier, R. (2002). Mental Health Issues of Particular Groups: Gay and Lesbian Seniors. Writings in Gerontology: Mental Health and Aging, Volume 2. (pp. 55-67). Les Ainés Gais et Lesbiennes. Ecrits en Gérontologie: Santé Mentale et Vieillissement (pp. 57-70). Ottawa, ON: National Advisory Council on Aging/ Conseil Consultatif National sur le Trosième Age.

Courses offered

(on sabbatical 2014/15)

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