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Allison Williams
Allison Williams

Contact Info

Professor, CIHR Research Chair in Gender, Work and Health
General Science Building, Rm 209
(905) 525-9140 ext. 24334
(905) 546-0463
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Summary

Therapeutic landscapes; Informal/family caregiving; Home/community health care; Urban health/quality of life; Health determinants; Women's health; Sense of place; Rural health/care; Health care services/policy; Program planning and evaluation.

Dr. Allison Williams is trained as a social geographer, specializing in health research addressing: caregiver-employees, quality of life, critical policy/program evaluation, and therapeutic landscapes. She currently is an Associate Professor at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) and has held previous academic appointments at the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Brock University (St. Catherines, Ontario). She is the recipient of a number of Awards, including the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) - Ontario Women's Health Council, Institute for Gender and Health Mid-Career Scientist Salary Award (2008-2013), the CIHR New Investigator Salary Award (2001-2006), and the Canadian Association of Geographers Julian M. Szeircz prize (2003). She currently holds the CIHR Research Chair in Gender, Work and Health (2014-2019) and is leading a research program examining caregiver-employees.

I am currently accepting masters and doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows into my research program addressing the gendered aspects of caregiver-employees (2014-2018).

Dr. Williams'?research program will examine how sex and gender is manifested in the interface between unpaid caregiving work and paid labour, recognizing that the role strain across these two entities causes ill-health for caregiver employees. In addition to building capacity for research on work and health that accounts for sex and gender, she will work with a range of knowledge users and non-academic collaborators to simultaneously foster the translation of that research into sex and gender sensitive policies and interventions that improve workers' health. She is currently recruiting graduate students to work in this program of research at both the Master's (2) and Doctoral (2) levels, as well as post-doctoral fellows (3).

  • Post-doctural Fellow Call (3 over the course of 2014-2019): focus on caregiver-employees, where various projects will be advanced.

Applications will be accepted by mail (electronic and hard copy) on an ongoing basis, with the start dates of Sept. 2014 (2 year), Sept. 2016 (2 year) and Sept. 2019 (1 year).

For further information, please contact Dr. Allison Williams at awill@mcmaster.caor via phone at (905)525-9140, ext. 24334.

Courses

  • Geog 2HI3 (Course Outline): Geographies of Death and Disease (Term Two) 2017-18
  • Geog 734: Qualitative Methods in Health Geography, (Term Two) 2017-18

Publications

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Please note that the most senior author is the first author and, if followed by other authors, are ordered in seniority.

B. Sethi, A. Williams. 2016. Employment Experiences of Visible Minority Immigrant Women: A Literature Review. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research. 1: 134-143.

W. Duggleby, A. Williams. 2016. Methodological and Epistemological Considerations in Utilizing Qualitative Inquiry to Develop interventions. Qualitative Health Research (Impact factor 1.441). 26(2): 147-153. Doi: 10.1177/1049732315590403

A. Williams, R. Donovan, K. Stajduhar, D. Spitzer. 2015. Cultural influences on palliative family caregiving: Program/policy recommendations specific to the Vietnamese. BMC Research Notes. 8: 280. Doi: 10.1186/s13104-015-1252-3

A. Lang, L. Toon, S.R. Cohen, K. Stajduhar, M. Griffin, A.R. Fleiszer, T. Easty, A. Williams. 2015. Client, Caregiver, and Provider Perspectives of Safety in Palliative Home Care: A Mixed Method Design. Safety in Health. 1: 3. Doi:10.1186/2056-5917-1-3

A. Williams, P. Kitchen, J. Randall, N. Muhajaine, B. Newbold, M. Gallina, K. Wilson. 2015. Immigrant's perceptions of quality of life in three second- or third-tier Canadian cities. Canadian Geographer (Impact factor 1.179). 59(4): 489-503. Doi: 10.1111/cag.12221

E. Windhorst, A. Williams. 2015. Growing-Up, Naturally: The Mental Health Legacy of Early Nature Affiliation. Ecopsychology. 7(3): 115-125. Doi:10.1089/eco.2015.0040

P. Kitchen, A. Williams, M. Gallina. 2015. Sense of belonging to local community in small-to-medium sized Canadian urban areas: A comparison of immigrant and Canadian-born residents. BMC Psychology. 3(28): 1-17. Doi:10.1186/s40359-015-0085-0

E. Windhorst, A. Williams. 2015. "It's like a different world": Natural places, post-secondary students, and mental health. Health & Place (Impact Factor 2.805). 34: 241-250. Doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.06.002

N. Schuurman, O. Amram, V. Crooks, R. Johnston, A. Williams. 2015. A comparative analysis of potential spatio-temporal access to palliative care services in two Canadian provinces. BMC Health Services Research (Impact Factor 1.71). 15: 270. Doi:10.1186/s12913-015-0909-x

A. Williams, L. Wang, P. Kitchen. 2015. Impacts of Caregiving and Sources of Support: A Comparison of End-of-Life and Non-End-of-Life Caregivers in Canada. Health and Social Care in the Community (Impact Factor 1.369). Doi: 10.1111/hsc.12205

M. Gallina, A. Williams. 2015. Variations in Sense of Place across Immigrant Status and Gender in Hamilton, Ontario; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Social Indicators Research (Impact Factor 1.452). 121(1): 241-252. Doi: 10.1007/s11205-014-0636-4

D. Simone, P. Kitchen, A. Williams, P. DeLuca. 2014. Voter turnout in Hamilton, Canada: accounting for discrepancies between self-reported and official turnout in three neighbourhood clusters. Canadian Journal of Regional Science. 37(1/3): 11-17.

R. Donovan, A. Williams. 2014. Caregiving as a Vietnamese Tradition: "It's like eating, you just do it". Health and Social Care in the Community (Impact Factor 1.151), 23(1):79-87. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12126

J.E. Randall, P. Kitchen, N. Muhajarine, B. Newbold, A. Williams, K. Wilson. 2014. Immigrants, Islandness and Perceptions of Quality of Life on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Island Studies Journal (Impact Factor 0.75), 9(2): 343-362.

S. Kaasalainen, K. Brazil, A. Williams. D.M. Wilson, K. Willison, D. Marshall, A. Taniguchi, C. Phillips. 2014. Nurses' Experiences Providing Palliative Care to Individuals Living in Rural Communities: Aspects of the Physical Residential Setting. Rural and Remote Health (Impact Factor 0.868), 14(2): 2728.

M. Gallina, A. Williams. 2014. Variations in Sense of Place across Immigrant Status and Gender in Hamilton, Ontario; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Social Indicators Research (Impact Factor 1.452), DOI: 10.1007/s11205-014-0636-4

M. Gallina, A. Williams. 2014 Perceptions of Air Quality and Sense of Place among Immigrant and Canadian-born Women in Northeast Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. International Journal of Social Science Studies. 2(3): 67-77. http://dx.doi.org/10.11114/ijsss.v2i3.412

A. Gaudet, M. Kelley, A. Williams. 2014 Understanding the distinct experience of rural interprofessional collaboration in developing palliative care programs. Rural and Remote Health (Impact Factor 0.868), 14: 2711.

S. Dykeman, A. Williams. 2014. Agenda-setting for Canadian caregivers: using media analysis of the maternity leave benefit to inform the compassionate care benefit. BMC Women's Health (Impact Factor 1.66), 14(60): 1-13. DOI: 10.1186/1472-6874-14-60

W. Duggleby, A. Williams, L. Holtslander, R. Thomas, D. Cooper, L. Hallstrom, S. Ghosh & H. O'Rourke. Hope of Rural Women Caregivers of Persons with Advanced Cancer: Guilt, Self-Efficacy and Mental Health. Rural and Remote Health (Impact Factor 0.868), 14: 2561.

A. Williams, L. Wang, P. Kitchen. 2014 Differential Impacts of Care-giving Across Three Caregiver Groups in Canada: end-of-life care, Long-term care and short-term care. Health and Social Care in the Community. (Impact Factor 1.151), 22(2): 187-196. DOI: 10.111/hsc.12075

K. Brazil, S. Kaasalainen, A. Williams, S. Dumont. 2014. A comparison of support needs between rural and urban family caregivers providing palliative care. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (Impact Factor 1.233), 31(1): 13-19. doi: 10.1177/1049909112474712

A. Williams, W. Duggleby, J. Eby, D. Cooper, L.K. Hallstrom, L. Holtslander, R. Thomas, M. Hampton. 2013. Hope against hope: Exploring the hopes and challenges of rural female caregivers of persons with advanced cancer. BMC Palliative Care (Impact Factor 1.79), 12(44): 1-10. doi:10.1186/1472-684X-12-44

Duggleby W, Williams A, Cooper D, Holtslander L, Ghosh S, Hallstrom L & Thomas R. 2013. Evaluation of the Living with Hope Program for Rural Women Caregivers of Persons with Advanced Cancer. BMC Palliative Care (Impact Factor 1.79), 12:44. doi: 10.1186/1472-684X-12-36. URL: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-684X/12/36

S. Dykeman, A. Williams. 2013. The Importance of Place and Time in Translating Knowledge about Canada's Compassionate Care Benefit to Informal Caregivers. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care. 9(4): 289-307. doi: 10.1080/15524256.2013.846888

S. Dykeman, A. Williams. 2013. Pre-implementation of knowledge tool development for health services providers: A qualitative study of Canadian social workers. Qualitative Social Work (Impact Factor 0.836), 13(3):351-371. DOI: 10.1177/1473325013491447

L. DeMiglio, A. Williams. 2013. A qualitative study examining the sustainability of shared care in the delivery of palliative care services in the community. BMC Palliative Care (Impact Factor 1.79), 12(32), 1-10. doi:10.1186/1472-684X-12-32

A. Williams. 2013. Surfing therapeutic landscapes: exploring cyberpilgrimage. Culture & Religion, 14(1), 78-93. DOI: 10.1080/14755610.2012.756407

M. Kelley, L. DeMiglio, A. Williams, J. Eby, M. McIntosh. 2012. Community Capacity in building palliative care: An illustrative case study in rural Northwestern Ontario. Journal of Rural and Community Development 7(4), 4-19.

S. Dykeman., A. Williams. 2012. Mobilizing Outcomes from a 5-year Research Program addressing 'Timely Access and Seamless Transitions in Rural Palliative/End-of-Life (P/EOL) care in Canada': A Knowledge Translation Strategy. Journal of Rural and Community Development 7(4), 109-121.

M. McIntosh, H. Mettham, M. Kelley, A. Williams. 2012. Evaluating The Knowledge Utilization of a Toolkit to Enhance the Capacity of Rural Communities to Deliver Palliative Care. Journal of Rural and Community Development 7(4), 92-108.

M. McIntosh, A. Williams, J. Eby, W. Duggleby, B. Leipert. 2012. "This is just where I live": A Situational Analysis of Rural Caregiving. Journal of Rural and Community Development 7(4), 38-61.

K. Penz, W. Duggleby, D. Wilson, A Williams, B. Lepiert, D. Marshall, D. Goodridge, D. Cooper. 2012. Palliative Care Professionals' Perceptions of Effective Interpersonal Communication in the Context of Caring for Older Adults in Rural Settings. Journal of Rural and Community Development 7(4), 20-37.

L. DeMiglio, A. Williams, S. Dykeman, M.L. Kelley. 2012. Evolution of Palliative Care in Ontario: The Impact of Geography, Funding and Advocacy. Journal of Rural and Community Development 7(4), 122-145.

W. Duggleby, D. Cooper, B. Leipert, D. Wilson, A. Williams, D. Marshall, D. Goodridge. 2012. Development of a "Changes Toolkit" for Rural Older Palliative Patients and Their Family Caregivers. Journal of Rural and Community Development 7(4), 62-75.

M.L. Kelley, L. DeMiglio, A. Williams, J. Eby, M. McIntosh. 2012. Community Capacity Development in Palliative Care: An Illustrative Case Study in Rural Northwestern Ontario. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 7(4), 76-91.

L. DeMiglio, A. Williams. 2012. Factors Enabling Shared Care with Primary Healthcare Providers in Community Settings: The experiences of interdisciplinary palliative care teams. Journal of Palliative Care (Impact Factor 0.931), 28(4), 282-289.

K. Brazil, S. Kaasalainen, A. Williams, M.C. Rodriguez. 2012. Comparing the experiences of rural and urban family caregivers of the terminally ill. Rural and Remote Health (Impact Factor 0.979), 12, 2250.

M. Giesbrecht, V.A. Crooks, A. Williams, O. Hankivsky. 2012. Critically examining diversity in end-of-life family caregiving: implications for equitable caregiver support and Canada's Compassionate Care Benefit. International Journal for Equity in Health (Impact Factor 1.71), 11(65), 1-13.

L. DeMiglio, A. Williams. 2012. Shared care: the barriers encountered by community-based palliative care teams in Ontario, Canada. Health & Social Care in the Community (Impact Factor0.862), 20(4), 420-429.

P. Kitchen, A. Williams. 2012. Introduction and Overview. Social Indicators Research: Quality of Life in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada: Perspectives for a Re-Emerging City (Impact Factor 1.131), 108(2), 197-198.

P. Kitchen, A. Williams, J. Chowhan. 2012. Sense of Community Belonging and Health in Canada: A Regional Analysis. Social Indicators Research, (Impact Factor 1.131), 107(1), 103-126.

M. Vuksan, A. Williams, V. Crooks. 2012. Family Friendly Policies: Accommodating End-of-Life Caregivers in Workplace. International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 5(1), 4-14.

P. Kitchen, A. Williams, D. Simone. 2012. Measuring Social Capital in Hamilton, Ontario. Social Indicators Research: Quality of Life in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada: Perspectives from a Re-emerging City (Impact Factor 1.131), 108(2), 215-238.

S.A. Bennet, N. Yiannakoulias, A. Williams, P. Kitchen. 2012. Playground Accessibility and Neighbourhood Social Interaction Among Parents. Social Indicators Research: Quality of Life in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada: Perspectives from a Re-emerging City (Impact Factor 1.131), 108(2), 199-213.

D. Simone, J. Eyles, B. Newbold, P. Kitchen, A. Williams. 2012. Air Quality in Hamilton: Who is Concerned? Perceptions from Three Neighbourhoods. Social Indicators Research: Quality of Life in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada: Perspectives from a Re-emerging City (Impact Factor 1.131), 108(2), 239-255.

J. Eby, P. Kitchen, A. Williams. 2012. Perceptions of Quality Life in Hamilton's Neighbourhood Hubs: A Qualitative Analysis. Social Indicators Research: Quality of Life in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada: Perspectives from a Re-emerging City (Impact Factor 1.131), 108(2), 299-315.

A. Williams, P. Kitchen. 2012. Sense of Place and Health in Hamilton, Ontario: A Case Study. Social Indicators Research: Quality of Life in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada: Perspectives from a Re-emerging City (Impact Factor 1.131), 108(2), 257-276.

W. Duggleby, A. Williams, R. Thomas, D. Cooper, L. Holtslander, D. Popkin. 2012. Evaluation of the "Living with Hope Program" for Rural Women Caregivers of Persons with Stage IV Cancer. Palliative Medicine (Impact Factor 2.383), 26(4), 517-518.

M. Vuksan, A. Williams, V. Crooks. 2012. The Workplace perspective on supporting family caregivers at end-of-life: Evaluation a new Canadian social program. Community Work and Family, 15(3), 317-333.

P. Kitchen, A. Williams, J. Chowhan. 2012. Sense of Belonging and Mental Health in Hamilton, Ontario: An Intra-Urban Analysis. Social Indicators Research: Quality of Life in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada: Perspectives from a Re-Emerging City (Impact Factor 1.131), 108(2), 277-297.

W. Duggleby, A. Williams, L. Holtslander, S. Cunningham, K. Wright. 2012. "The Chaos of Caregiving and Hope". Qualitative Social Work 11 (5), 459-469. doi:10.1177/1473325011404622.

W. Duggleby D. Hicks, C Nekolaichuk, L Holtslander, A. Williams, T Chambers. 2012. Hope, older adults and chronic illness: a metasynthesis of qualitative research. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(6), 1211-1223. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05919.x (Editor's Choice). PubMed ID: 22221185.

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

School of Geography and Earth Sciences
McMaster University

General Sciences Building, Room 206
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.24535
Email Inquiries:
sges@mcmaster.ca

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

School of Geography and Earth Sciences
McMaster University

General Sciences Building, Room 206
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
(905) 525-9140 ext. 24535
Email Inquiries:
sges@mcmaster.ca