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 Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity (CGSHE) at Providence Health Care. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Goldenberg is the recipient of a prestigious Canada-U.S. Fulbright award and received her PhD in Public Health (Global Health) at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University (2011). Her postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Diego and the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS focused on community-based HIV and sexual health equity research, prospective and mixed methods approaches, and ethical approaches to community-based HIV research.

Research interests

Dr. Goldenberg’s research aims to better understand and address inequities related to sexual health, access to healthcare, and human rights for marginalized populations, including im/migrants, sex workers, and young women 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, immigrant support, and public health organizations and policy bodies at the local, national, and global levels.

Dr. Goldenberg is currently the Principal Investigator of the Evaluating Inequities in Refugee and Immigrant Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Access (IRIS) Study, a CIHR-funded mixed-methods evaluation of immigrant women’s engagement with and access to sexual and reproductive health services in BC, using administrative population-based data and prospective qualitative interviews. She is also joint PI of An Evaluation of Sex Workers’ Health Access (AESHA), which is an ongoing longitudinal, community-based cohort study examining the impacts of structural and system-level interventions (e.g., community empowerment, policing, peer-led HIV/STI testing) on sexual health inequities and access to care among women sex workers in Metro Vancouver, BC.

Teaching interests

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


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.

Dr. Goldenberg teaches a field course in experiential global health learning (Migrant Health at the Mexico-U.S. Border, HSCI 885/496). She also teaches a course on interdisciplinary approaches to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic (HSCI 431).

Publications and activities

View Dr. Goldenberg's publications here