Shira Goldenberg

Assistant Professor

Health Sciences

Shira Goldenberg

Assistant Professor

Health Sciences

Areas of interest

Global health, migration and health, HIV/AIDS, sexual health, field-based global health instruction


  • BA, Environmental Health, McGill University
  • MSc, Health Care & Epidemiology, University of British Columbia
  • PhD, Public Health (Global Health), University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University


Shira Goldenberg, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and a Research Scientist with the Gender & Sexual Health Initiative of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. With the support of a prestigious Fulbright award, Dr. Goldenberg received her PhD in Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University, where she specialized in global health.

Research interests

Dr. Goldenberg’s research aims to improve sexual health and access to healthcare for marginalized populations, including migrants, sex workers, and women living with HIV in Canada, Latin America, and other international settings.

Her research employs qualitative, mixed-methods, social epidemiological, spatial and community-based research approaches. She is passionate about conducting community-based research to reduce health and social inequities faced by marginalized communities. Her work is informed by advisory support and partnerships with sex work, HIV prevention, and women’s organizations in the communities where she works (e.g., Vancouver, Guatemala).

Currently, Dr. Goldenberg’s research largely focuses on the unique health, safety and human rights issues faced by migrant and refugee/internally displaced sex workers and women living with HIV, who often experience intense barriers to health access due to criminalization, stigma, social isolation, and language barriers. She is currently the Principal Investigator of a study to inform prevention, treatment, and care for HIV, STIs, and viral hepatitis for migrant sex workers in Vancouver. Dr. Goldenberg also leads and collaborates on a number of projects focused on addressing the health and safety of migrant, refugee, and internally displaced women involved in sex work in Mexico, Guatemala, and Uganda. Her research is currently supported by operating funds from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the University of California.

Teaching interests

Dr. Goldenberg’s teaching interests include global health, migration and health, HIV/AIDS, sexual health, and field-based global health instruction.


Future courses may be subject to change.

Publications and activities

View Dr. Goldenberg's publications here