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November 27, 2015
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Jeffrey P. Aguinaldo

Dr. Jeffrey P. Aguinaldo

Associate Professor and Graduate Programme Director

Contact Information
Phone: (519) 884-0710 ext.3031

Office Location: DAWB 5-151

Academic Background

BA (York University), MA (Wilfrid Laurier University), PhD (University of Toronto)


After attaining a BA and MA in Psychology, I received a PhD in Public Health with specialisation in social and behavioural sciences.  During my doctoral training, I was a research officer at the HIV Social, Behavioural, and Epidemiological Studies Unit at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (University of Toronto).  I joined Wilfrid Laurier University in 2008 after spending a short time as a research assistant at St. Michael's Hospital analysing doctor-patient interactions.  During my research leaves in 2010 and 2015, I served as a visiting scholar at the University of California at Santa Barbara in the Department of Sociology where I pursued research and training in conversation analysis.

Research Interests

Conversation Analysis – I am developing a conversation analytic research programme to understand the basic practices and methods for talk-in-interaction and the everyday production of social order.  

Critical Public Health – I take a critical approach to public health research and practice.  With an explicit commitment to anti-oppression, I interrogate health scholarship and interventions for the ways they may reinforce social inequalities.

Gay Men's Health – Through my collaborations with researchers across Canada, I have investigated health concerns relevant to gay men.  These include sexual health, recreational substance use, harm reduction, and service provision.

Current Projects

Alternative Questions in Mundane and Institutional Interactions -  I am collaborating with a multi-disciplinary research team with members from departments of Psychology, Population Health, Family Relation and Nutrition (at the University of Guelph) and Medicine (at the University of Alberta) in a conversation analytic project on alternative questions. In this research, we have been examining the composition of alternative questions, the ways they are responded to, and the actions they can achieve in mundane and institutional interactions (and in particular, general care and palliative care sessions between physician and patient, and 911 emergency calls). We have so far presented initial findings at the International Conference on Conversation Analysis (2014).

Women Aging with HIV/AIDS - I am co-investigator on the (CIHR funded) Women, HIV, and Aging project.  This study aims to bring to the fore the lived experiences of women living with HIV/AIDS.  With a primary focus on multiple marginalised identities, the study seeks to understand how women aging with HIV/AIDS contend with social barriers to social services and health care. 

Address Terms in Conversation - I am currently conducting conversation analytic research to identify the methodical use of address terms in interactions where recipiency and next-speakership are secured (e.g., 'I already said that, Dad!').  Previous research on the interactional uses of address terms in news interviews suggests that interviewees use address terms to disattend the overhearing audience and present answers as genuine and sincere (see Clayman, 2010).  Yet, address terms are often deployed in mundane conversations where there are no such institutional contingencies.  I have presented initial findings at the International Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis (2013) and International Pragmatics Conference (2013).

Selected Publications

Aguinaldo, J. P., Ahluwalia, A., Hambly, K., Koonstra, J., Rankin, B., & Roesslein, K. (in press). Needs and Supports in Transitional Housing for People Living with HIV/AIDS. Journal of Social Service Research.

Aguinaldo, J. P. (2012). The social construction of 'Filipina/o Studies': Youth spaces and subjectivities. In R. S. Coloma, B. McElhinny, E. Tongohan, J. P. Catungal, & L. Davidson (Eds.), Filipinos in Canada: Disturbing invisibility. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.  

Aguinaldo, J. P. (2012). Qualitative analysis in gay men's health research:  Comparing thematic, critical discourse, and conversation analysis. Journal of Homosexuality, 59(6), 765-787.

Aguinaldo, J. P., Myers, T., Ryder, K., Haubrich, D. J., Calzavara, L. (2009). Accounts of seroconversion among substance-using gay and bisexual men. Qualitative Health Research, 19(10), 1395-1406.

Aguinaldo, J. P. (2008). The social construction of gay oppression as a determinant of gay men's health. Critical Public Health, 18(1), 87-96. 

Aguinaldo, J. P., & Myers, T. (2008). A discursive approach to disinhibition theory: The normalization of unsafe sex among gay men. Qualitative Health Research, 18(2), 167-181