Cindy Patton



  • PhD (Communications) University of Massachusetts
  • MTS (Master of Theological Studies, Applied Theology, Women's Studies) Harvard University
  • BA (Anthropology; Economics) Appalachian State University, North Carolina, U.S.A.


Dr. Cindy Patton, Professor, received her Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1992.  Dr. Patton joined the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in May of 2003 as Canada Research Chair in Community, Culture, and Health. She is an Associate Member in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies.  Dr. Patton has worked in health research for four decades.  She has published work in the areas of: social study of medicine (especially AIDS); social movement theory; gender studies; and media studies.  Her current research interests include: social study of medicine health, especially social aspects of AIDS; bioethics; the history of sexuality; continental theory; research design, especially mixed methods; and Taiwan studies.

Research Interests

Social study of medicine; continental theory; research design; and bioethics.

Books include:

Rebirth of the Clinic: Places and Agents in Contemporary Health Care
University of Minnesota Press

Cindy Patton (editor) 2010

Global Science/ Women's Health. Youngstown, New York: Teneo Press.

Cindy Patton & Helen Loshny (editors) 2008.

Cinematic Identity: Anatomy of a Problem FilmUniversity of Minnesota Press

Cindy Patton (2007)

[ Abstract ]

  Pierre Bourdieu, a special issue of Cultural Studies (co-edited with Mary Pileggi) Winter 2003
  Gender, HIV and Globalization, a special issue of Feminist Media Studies, (co-edited with Meredith Raimondo) London: Routledge, 2.1, April 2002
Globalizating AIDS, "Theory Out of Bounds" Series, Minneapolis , MN: University of Minnesota Press, Spring 2002
Queer Diasporas (co-edited with Benigno Sanchez-Eppler) Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2000


Winship Distinguished Research Professor, Emory University, 1999-2002

Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, Emory University, 1997, 1998

Research Funding

Using a System Analytic Approach to Living (SynAL) with Chronic Diseases
Scott Lear (Health Sceinces), Miriam Rosin (Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology), Nadine Schuurman (Geography), and Andrew Wister (Gerontology).

Community Health Solutions Institute
with Scott Lear and Andrew Wister

Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health
with Marina Morrow

Accidental Community
Principal Investigator: Cindy Patton
Collaboration: Mary Stuart Petty, Susan Cadell
Institutions of Co-Investigators: St Paul's Hospital
2005 -2008

MSFHR Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
Senior Scholar Award in Population Health
Principal Investigator: Cindy Patton (SFU) 

CRC Canada Research Chairs
Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Community, Culture and Health
Principal Investigator: Cindy Patton (SFU)

Public Access Homelessness Research Library
Principal Investigator: Cindy Patton (SFU)
Co-Investigators: Lynn Copeland (SFU - Dean of Libraries)

SSHRC - Pilot Tools Project 
Tools to Analyze Health
Principal Investigator: Cindy Patton (SFU) 

A mixed-method approach for analyzing and reducing health disparities that are embedded in social and behavioral practices
Principal Investigator: Cindy Patton
Co-Investigator: Marky Tyndall, Carl Schwartz (UBC)

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
INTEGRATE: Inderdisciplinary Team Generating Research on Complex Patients to Develop Innovative Solutions
Joint Investigator: Cindy Patton
Collaboration: Adeera Levin (St Paul's Hosp/UBC)