International Journal of Men's Social and Community Health Editorial Board
Steve Robertson, RN, PhD
Emeritus Professor, Leeds Beckett University, UK; and Adjunct Professor, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. Dr Robertson trained initially as a nurse working primarily in intensive care and coronary care before training and working as a public health nurse (Health Visitor) for five years. He completed his PhD and ESRC/MRC Interdisciplinary Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Lancaster University, UK.
He has been involved in research and publishing in the field of men, gender and health for over twenty years. In 2007, he published what has now become a seminal text in the field, “Understanding Men and Health: Masculinities, Identity and Wellbeing”. He has previously been on the Board of Trustees for the White Ribbon Campaign, UK and was the Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Men’s Health. He is a member of Global Action on Men’s Health and a member of the College of Reviewers for the Canadian Institute of Health Research.
Peter Baker, MA, BA
Peter Baker is Director of Global Action on Men’s Health, an Associate of the Men’s Health Forum (Great Britain), Campaign Director of HPV Action and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health. He also works as an independent consultant in men’s health supporting organizations in all sectors that want to begin or develop their work in the field. Peter was Chief Executive of the Men’s Health Forum until 2012 and was deputy editor of the Men’s Health Journal. He is the author of numerous academic papers, articles and blogs on men’s health.
David Baxter, PhD, MBA
Professor David Baxter is Professor at the University of Otago, and Director of New Zealand’s National Science Challenge for Ageing Well. David previously led the University’s School of Physiotherapy, and was Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Health Sciences. He is a Visiting Professor at Ulster University (UK), where he completed his undergraduate and doctoral training; he also holds an MBA from Institute of Education at University College London.
David’s research expertise encompasses physical activity and health; musculoskeletal pain, including low back pain; men’s health; and complementary and alternative medicine. His current projects include research on the effectiveness of photobiomodulation in the management of breast cancer-related lymphoedema; and development of a national centre for men’s health.
Professor Baxter has authored or co-authored over 250 peer-reviewed research papers in peer-reviewed journals, and contributed to various textbooks including DeLisa’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is the Editor in Chief of Physical Therapy Reviews, and a member of the Editorial Boards of several other international peer-reviewed journals including Laser Therapy and Photomedicine and Laser Surgery. He has presented multiple platform or poster presentations and educational workshops at national and international meetings.
Anthony Brown, PhD
Dr. Anthony Brown is the Chair of Global Action on Men’s Health and an Adjunct Fellow at the Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre, Western Sydney University, Australia. His research interests include men’s contribution to community and access to services. He has lead research projects looking at men’s adjustment to retirement, older men’s access to aged care and health services, and men’s perception of health and wellbeing. He has also worked with health, community and aged care services about improving their engagement with men and boys. Dr. Brown is a founding member and Secretary of the Australian Men’s Health Forum and is Executive Director of Health Consumers NSW.
Paula Carroll, PhD
Dr. Paula Carrolls’ primary research interest is action based health promotion. She is currently the PI for the national Men on the Move study; a 12-month study that investigated the delivery process and the impact of a community-based health promotion programme for inactive men in Ireland (n=906 across 8 counties). She also has considerable experience of cross-sectoral collaboration regarding health policy, training and research both nationally and internationally; she is co-author of the worlds’ first National Men’s Health Policy (2008) and the subsequent National Men’s Health Action Plan (2016); she co-authored the worlds’ only national men’s health training programme, ENGAGE that is funded by the HSE; from 2012-2016, as a lead facilitator, she trained 74 ENGAGE trainers via a Training of Trainers (ToT) model who delivered a 1-day ENGAGE training programme to over 1200 front line service providers; she has worked with the HSE and National Youth Council of Ireland to develop and deliver Facilitation Skills training to health promotion staff and youth sector workers nationally; she is a co-applicant on a weight loss intervention study, lead by staff at Stirling University that is investigating text based narratives to promote weight loss among men; and she was an advisor to a) a systematic review of male weight loss and obesity that was led by staff at the University of Aberdeen and b) a review of men’s food the health behaviour (Safefood Ireland). She lectures in the field of health promotion and is Co-Course Leader of the MA in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Wellbeing at Waterford Institute of Technology.
Married with three young children and living on a dairy farm in Kildare, she endeavours to practice her health promotion ethos in her life so that she can support others (individuals and systems) to make healthy choices for the better of themselves and the whole of society.
Murray Drummond, BEd, MEd, PhD
Murray Drummond is a Professor in Sport and Health at Flinders University in South Australia. He is also the Director of the SHAPE Research Centre at Flinders University. His research interests are based around qualitative sport and health research with a particular interest in masculinities and body image. Murray has published widely on issues relating to masculinities and health, gay men's bodies, and prostate cancer among gay men and CALD men. He is regularly invited to present his work nationally and internationally. His current research includes a longitudinal research project with boys from early childhood through to adolescence investigating issues around masculinities within sport and health.
Derek Griffith, PhD
Derek M. Griffith is the Founder and Director of the Center for Research on Men’s Health at Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, he also is Professor of Medicine, Health and Society and he has secondary appointments in the departments of American Studies, Health Policy, Medicine and Sociology. The Center for Research on Men’s Health is one of the first university-wide center in the US that focuses on men’s health. Launched in the September 2016, the center has the three-pronged mission of improving men’s health, reducing unjust differences in health among men, and improving the health of African American men and other men in the US and across the globe. Dr. Griffith has published extensively on men’s health, particularly using qualitative methods, and he specializes in African American men’s health. Dr. Griffith’s men’s health research has been funded by the American Cancer Society, the Aetna Foundation, and several institutes within the National Institutes of Health. Currently, Dr. Griffith is conducting two interventions: (1) a randomized-controlled trial of the first individually tailored weight loss intervention for African American men, which was funded by the American Cancer Society; and (2) the first psychologically and biologically tailored weight loss intervention for African American and Latino men as part of a NIMHD-funded U54 center on precision medicine and health disparities.
Peter Kellett, PhD, RN
Peter Kellett PhD, RN, is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Lethbridge and is a Research Affiliate of the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta Canada. He holds a Master of Nursing degree in population nursing (epidemiology), and a PhD in Theoretical and Computational Science (Demography). His research interests include men’s health (especially mental health), transgender health, LGBTQ+ health, social demography, and the intersection of social hierarchies and health at a population level. He is particularly interested in exploring the interaction between gender, sexual orientation, and other social hierarchies, in relation to health outcomes.
Peter has worked for the last 23 years as a registered nurse, nurse educator, and manager, in both provincial and federal (FNIHB) health systems in three Canadian provinces, and one U.S. State, in the areas of medical/surgical care, emergency care, primary health care, community health, and First Nations health. He also runs the website Gender and Population Studies (GAPS) in Health.
Maria Lohan, BA, PhD
Dr. Maria Lohan is Professor of Social Science and Health, Director of Research at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Deputy Director of QUB’s Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (CESI). Professor Lohan leads the Maternal and Child Health research group in the School and the What Works for Families strand in CESI. Her own research focuses on men’s reproductive and sexual health and involvement in parenting.
She is currently a consultant for the World Health Organization, advising on the evidence to engage men in sexual and reproductive health and rights. In recent years, she has been a Visiting International Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, University of British Columbia (UBC) and a Visiting Professor at the School of Nursing at UBC, where she is a collaborator on a number of studies. She received funding from the ESRC to design a relationship and sexuality education intervention to involve young men in preventing unintended pregnancy. She is now leading a multi-site RCT of this intervention in schools across the whole of the UK, funded by the NIHR. The intervention she developed -- “If i were Jack” --is being rolled out universally to schools in Ireland, and the Australian version that she helped to develop with colleagues at Flinders University is being implemented in schools in South Australia. She is now beginning new work, funded by the MRC, with incarcerated young men which aims to understand better their experiences of fatherhood and to develop an early intervention fatherhood programme with, and for, young men in prisons.
Svend Aage Madsen, PhD
Svend Aage Madsen is Head of Research and former Head of Department at Copenhagen University Hospital. Educated as Postgraduate Fellow and PhD at Clinical Psychology at University of Copenhagen. Licensed Specialist in psychotherapy and in supervision. Head of the research programs Screening Mothers and Fathers for Perinatal Depressions, The Fatherhood Research Program, and Men’s Health. President of Men’s Health Forum Denmark.
Donald R. McCreary, PhD
Donald R. McCreary, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Brock University (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada) and owner of DRM Scientific Consulting (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). He did his undergraduate work at McGill University in Montréal and earned his doctorate in Social Psychology at England’s University of Kent at Canterbury in 1989. Before starting his own consulting company, Dr. McCreary worked in a number of academic and applied environments. He has been a psychology professor at the University of Guelph and St. Francis Xavier University, a research scientist in Brock University’s Psychology Department, a research scientist in the Clinical Research and Development Programme at the Regina Health District, and a senior scientist with Defence Research and Development Canada, an agency within the Government of Canada.
Dr. McCreary has two general areas of research interest: (1) improving men’s health, by better understanding and changing the many ways that people and society influence men's physical health and psychological well-being; and (2) understanding the associations between stress, health, well-being, and resilience in the workplace, including military and first-responder communities, in order to improve the health and well-being of all workers. Dr. McCreary has published extensively in the scientific literature, has presented at numerous scientific conferences around the world, and has received recent grants from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario (WSIB), Canadian Cancer Society, and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. He currently volunteers extensively with the Movember Foundation, providing strategic guidance in the area of men’s health and psychological well-being.
Dr. McCreary has received several awards. In 2004, hewas awarded Fellowship in the American Psychological Association in recognition of his unique career contributions to psychology, especially in the area of men, masculinity, and men’s health. In 2012, Dr. McCreary was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his research supporting the psychological health and well-being of the members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
John McLuskey, RN, BSc, MPH, PGCHE, MIHPE
John McLuskey is an Associate Professor of Nursing within the School of Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham, UK. He has been a nurse since 1984 and has worked in the National Health Service and private healthcare across the United Kingdom. He has undertaken a variety of roles in a variety of specialities from practitioner to senior manager. Since the late 1990s He has developed a keen interest in HIV and sexual health, in particular how men experience the infection. This interest in the health of men led him to undertake the role of Co-Director of the European Men’s Health Development Foundation from 2004 to 2009.
He has an undergraduate degree in healthcare and a postgraduate degree in Public Health. He joined the University of Nottingham in 1996 and has led courses and degree pathways in sexual health and HIV, as well as modules in Men’s Health. Currently he is the Course Director for an undergraduate degree in Nursing and he continues to lead on sexual health and HIV education. Since 2013 he has been a member of the Executive Committee for the National HIV Nurses Association in the UK, where he has led on the development of educational initiatives.
Gertrude Mwalabu, PhD, MPH, BScN, MRNM
Dr Gertrude Mwalabu is a Dean of Faculty of Nursing responsible for 13 successful programmes from four departments and a Senior Lecturer in the department of Medical/Surgical Nursing at Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN). Gertrude has worked as the Head of Department (2009 – 2010) and Dean of Nursing from 2016 to date. She has served as the chairperson in various college committees including Research and Publications Committee and has made tangible contributions such as the launch of the KCN Journal of Nursing and Midwifery. She has published in credible journals including BioMed Central and she also a reviewer of several journals including Journal of Clinical Research in HIV/AIDS and Prevention.
She is an expert, a consultant and a trainer in sexual and reproductive health (SRH), adolescent health, HIV and AIDS, women health, gender issues and research with young people in Malawi. Currently, she is the team leader of two vibrant research teams working on obstetric fistula and HIV and AIDS in female adolescents in collaboration with University of Saskatchewan, Canada.
She has expertise in curriculum development and implementation, curriculum reviews and innovative teaching strategies. Between 2017 and 2018 she facilitated the review of over six nursing curricula documents for both KCN and affiliated colleges.
Noel Richardson, PhD
Noel Richardson, PhD has extensive experience in the area of men’s health at a research, policy and advocacy level. He is Director of the National Centre for Men’s Health at IT Carlow and has also worked with the HSE on men’s health policy development and implementation since 2005. He is principal author of the first ever National Policy on men’s health, which was published in Ireland in 2009, and follow up National Men’s Action Plan published in 2016. He is also co-author of the first European Union report on men’s health, published in 2011 and is currently collaborating with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe on the development of a WHO led EU men’s health report and policy framework. He completed a doctoral thesis on men’s health and masculinites in 2007 and has published a broad range of research reports and academic papers in the area of men’s health. His current research interests include; men’s health policy; men, masculinities and mental health; and health promotion interventions targeted at ‘hard to reach’ groups of men. He has been a strong advocate for men’s health over many years and is a board member of the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland and a member of Global Action on Men's Health.
Mohamad M. Saab, PhD, RN
Dr. Mohamad M. Saab is a lecturer and founding member of the E-CASP (Enhancing Cancer Awareness and Survivorship Programmes) research group in the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland. He worked as an Oncology Nurse, Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Oncology Clinical Instructor. He holds a BSc (2008) and MSc (2013) in Nursing with distinction from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. His MSc thesis was titled: “Surviving Testicular Cancer: The Lebanese Lived Experience.” Mohamad received his PhD in Nursing from University College Cork (2018). His thesis was titled: “Enhancing Men’s Awareness of Testicular Disorders Using a Virtual Reality Intervention: The E-MAT Study” which was developed in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science at University College Cork.
Mohamad is published internationally in men’s health, health literacy, health promotion, health education, oncology, and palliative care. He has extensive expertise in conducting systematic and integrative reviews, qualitative research, and mixed-methods studies as well as developing and testing complex health interventions. Mohamad is also interested in research on sexual and gender minorities and other health disparities.
Andrew P. Smiler, PhD
Andrew P. Smiler, PhD, is a therapist and author whose academic research examines normative aspects of male sexual development as well as definitions of masculinity. He is also the co-author, with Chris Kilmartin, PhD, of the best-selling Introduction to Men's Studies textbook “The Masculine Self,” and author of the award-winning "Dating and Sex: A Guide for the 21st Century Teen Boy."Dr. Smiler is currently a therapist in private practice and serves on the board of Male Survivor: National Organization against Male Sexual Victimization. He is a past-president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (SPSMM).
James Smith, PhD, BAppSc Hons, BEd, GCPH, FAHPA
Professor James Smith is a Father Frank Flynn Fellow at Menzies School of Health Research. This role focuses on alcohol and other drugs harm minimisation.
Prior to this appointment he was an Equity Fellow with the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education in Australia hosted through the Office of Pro Vice Chancellor – Indigenous Leadership at Charles Darwin University (CDU). He was also the Co-Lead of the Indigenous Leadership Research and Evaluation Network; and Program Manager for the Whole of Community Engagement initiative, at CDU.
Previous to these roles he held senior management and executive positions in both government and non-government contexts, spanning health and education settings across the NT. Professor Smith has research expertise in health promotion, prevention, community engagement, men’s health, Indigenous health, and Indigenous education. He is a Fellow of the Australian Health Promotion Association; and current Editor-in-Chief of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia. He is actively engaged in a range of community focused roles, including Board Member of the Heart Foundation (NT Division); and Deputy Chair of the Community Advisory Council of the NT Primary Health Network. He also holds honorary research appointments at the University of Sydney, CDU, Curtin University, and the University of Saskatchewan.
He has worked in various roles with an explicit men’s health focus in practice, policy and research contexts. He completed his PhD as part of the Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study at the University of Adelaide, where he examined Australian men’s help seeking practices. He has also published extensively on men’s health promotion, and men’s health policy development, in Australia. He is currently leading a research project examining health literacy among young Indigenous males in the Northern Territory, Australia. He is also supervising a PhD project about good practice in men’s health in primary health care settings in Australia.
Gilles Tremblay, PhD
Gilles Tremblay is a full professor at Laval University, in Québec City (Canada) where he teaches since 2001 after having worked in the field as a social worker for 21 years
Internationally known, he has been invited to pronounce lectures in France, Australia, Turkey, India, France, United Kingdom, Viet-Nam, Cambodia, Benin, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, and Japan,
All his research projects and most of his publications are on men and masculinities: school achievement in college boys, father involvement in separated families living in a context of poverty, intervention with men who had been sexually abused in their childhood, depression in men, men’s health, violence, suicide prevention, etc.
From 2010 to 2016, he was at the head of the research team Masculinities & Society, grouping 30 francophone researchers from 11 Canadian universities working in partnership with 20 community and governmental organizations. He is currently a member of Masculinities and Society Network, a new research network grouping researchers, community partners, students and practitioners interested in the development of research on men and masculinities. He is actually involved in 8 research projects including being in charge of the Inuit Men’s Health thematic report of the Qanuilirpitaa 2017 Survey and the newly founded Centre of Expertise in Men’s Health and Wellbeing, grouping 30 researchers from 10 universities.
In 2002-2004, he was a member of the Task Force on Prevention and Helping Men (Rondeau Report) for the Department of Health and Social Services and nominated by
The minister to chair the Experts Committee on Family Homicides in 2011-2012.
Over the past years, he has been involved in different editorial boards: Psychology of Men and Masculinity, International Journal of Men’s Health, Intervention and Service social.
Daphne C. Watkins, PhD
Daphne C. Watkins, PhD is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan (USA), with faculty appointments in the School of Social Work and the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the Institute for Social Research. Her research underscores the influence of gender role socialization on health status over the adult life course for marginalized men. To date, Dr. Watkins’ research has focused on understanding the social determinants of health that explain within group differences among black men; developing evidence-based strategies to improve the physical and mental health conditions of black men; and increasing knowledge about the intersection of age, culture, and gender. Dr. Watkins is an experienced mixed methods researcher who uses qualitative and quantitative data to increase knowledge about how intersecting social determinants and gender dynamics place marginalized men at high risk for poor health.
Dr. Watkins is the Immediate Past President of the American Men’s Studies Association; the first woman and person of color to ever serve as President in the organization’s 25 year history. She has received both internal and external grants for her men’s health research, and has over 60 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, 20 book chapters and volume sections, one published mixed methods book (Oxford University Press, 2015), and another mixed methods book under contract with SAGE Publications. In addition to her scholarship, Dr. Watkins is the founding director for the Gender and Health Research Lab at the University of Michigan and she teaches graduate courses on research methods; program evaluation; mixed methods; and racial, ethnic, and gender issues in community-based interventions.
Alan White, PhD RN
Professor Alan White was the Founder and Co-director of the Centre for Men’s Health at Leeds Beckett University. He was also a co-founder of the Men’s Health Forum (England & Wales) Charity and the Chair of the Board of Trustees for 12 years, he is now a Patron. Professor White is a Board member of the International Society for Men’s Health. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Malay in Malaysia and an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia.
Professor White has recently completed the State of Men’s Health in Leeds study for the Public Health Team and Health & Well Board of Leeds City Council. Currently Professor White is a collaborator on the European Commission funded study on Gender and Coronary Artery Disease (GenCAD), is undertaking the analysis of the Rugby League Mental Health Programme, and is undertaking an evaluation of the Bradford Reducing Anger and Violent Emotions (BRAVE) project. He has also recently been part of the team undertaking a systematic review on the high incidence of premature death in Glasgow (The Glasgow Effect).
Professor White's work with colleagues in Malaysia includes a range of studies exploring how men engage with health screening and the development of services reaching out and targeting men.