Dr. Gina Higginbottom

Clinical Background, Teaching and Research

Gina Higginbottom's research and teaching is within the domain of ethnicity and health and she holds a Canada Research Chair in this field (http://www.chairs.gc.ca). She is Visiting Professor at Sheffield Hallam University, UK and affiliated Associate Professor at the University of Karolinska, Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Higginbottom supervises undergraduates, postgraduates and post doctoral fellows in this field; additionally, she mentors junior faculty throughout the University of Alberta largely by inviting them to collaborate on research projects. She has been the recipient of several awards and distinctions: a Smith & Nephew Nursing Research Scholarship, The Mary Seacole Leadership Award and a National Primary Care Research Fellowship in the UK. Gina is Assistant Editor of Ethnicity and Health journal, international editorial board member for Nurse Researcher and Index de Enfermeria journals, founder and convener of CRESH (Collaborative Research in Ethnicity, Social Care and Health), and co-chair of the IIQM 2012 Thinking Qualitatively Workshop Conference and the ICCHNR Edmonton Symposium 2011. She is a member of the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute.

Dr Higginbottom's clinical practice has spanned twenty years as a nurse, midwife and health visitor in England within primary health care settings. Her teaching embraces both her clinical background ground and academic interests of ethnicity and health, primary health care/community nursing, midwifery and health promotion.

Gina's research portfolio focuses on ethnic minority populations and immigrant health using participatory models of research. She particularly focuses on the broad issue of social exclusion and equity in health care, lay understandings of health and illness (including traditional medicines), chronic disease management in primary care (hypertension and diabetes) , self-care strategies, the cultural congruence of primary health care services, access and utilization of primary health care services, and ethnic and cultural diversity in care giving. A second theme in her research portfolio has focused on maternal health and well-being, including parenting issues, early parenthood and postnatal depression in different ethnic minority groups, and experiences of immigrants and minorities during their access to and reception of maternal healthcare services. Her research has included collaborations with researchers in the UK, Sweden and other EU nation states. She has worked with many different communities e.g. African Caribbean, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Somali communities as research partners. Dr. Higginbottom has enjoyed presenting lectures and key note addresses as well as organizing workshops related to her research and qualitative research methodologies at numerous local and international conferences and academic institutions. She also serves as member and accepts invitations to provide peer review for research review committees and granting agencies. 

Current Major Grants as PI and Personal Awards

  • 2012/2017 Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Ethnicity and Health ( 2nd term renewal)  $750,000
  • 2012/2016 Optimizing food choices and practices in the perinatal period for immigrant and newcomer women Funder: Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) PI $286,000
  • 2013-2015 Immigrant women’s experience of postpartum depression in Canada: a narrative synthesis,  Funder: CIHR  PI $96,594
  • 2011/2014 Immigrant women’s experiences of maternity services in Canada: a narrative synthesis. Funder: CIHR  PI $99,500
  • 2009/2014 Optimizing hospital and community based maternity care for immigrant and newcomer women in Alberta. Funder: Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and Alberta Health Services, PI and Team Leader $300,000
  • 2011/2014  Aboriginal and immigrant women’s food choices in pregnancy Funder: Royal Alexander Hospital Nursing Research Foundation PI $34,172


Selected Publications

  • Higginbottom G.M.A., Reime B., Bharj K., Chowbey P., Ertan K., Foster C.*, Friedrich J., Gerrish K., Kentenich H., Mumtaz Z., O’Brien B. & Salway S. Migration and maternity: insights of context, health policy and research evidence on experiences and outcomes from a three-country preliminary study across Germany, Canada and the UK. Health Care for Women International (Online April 30, 2013 DOI:10.1080/07399332.2013.769999)
  • Cruz E. & Higginbottom G.M.A. (2013) Focused ethnography in nursing research. Nurse Researcher 20(4), 36-43.
  • Higginbottom G.M.A., Safipour J., Mumtaz Z., Paton P., Chiu Y. & Pillay J. (2013) “I have to do what I believe”: Sudanese women’s belief and resistance to hegemonic practices at home and during experiences of maternity care in Canada. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 13, 51.
  • Higginbottom G.M.A., Morgan M., Dassanayake J., Eyford H., Alexandre M., Chiu Y., Forgeron J. & Kocay D. (2012) Immigrant women’s experiences of maternity care services in Canada: a protocol for systematic review using a narrative synthesis. Systematic Reviews 1, 27. HIGHLY ACCESSED
  • Higginbottom G.M.A., Richter M.S.*, Mogale R.S.*, Ortiz L., Young S. & Mollell O. (2011) Identification of nursing assessment models/tools validated in clinical practice for use with diverse ethnocultural groups: an integrative review of the literature. BMC Nursing 10, 16-26. HIGHLY ACCESSED

Links to Dr Higginbottom’s Google Scholar Publications.

Links to Dr Higginbottom’s PubMed Publications.

Current Trainees

Post-doctoral Fellows

  • Dr Emina Hadziabdic 
  • Dr Jalal Safipour
  • Dr Lisa Birks

PhD Students (Primary Supervisor)

  • Edward Cruz, RN, PhD (Dentistry)

PhD Students (Co-Supervision)

  • Rubina Bariola, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta
  • Nana Yaa Boadu, School of Public Health, University of Alberta recipient of IRDC Graduate Scholarship
  • Steve Brummell, University of Nottingham, England
  • Diego Salvador, University of Almeria, Spain.

Gina Higginbottom

Gina Higginbottom, PhD, RN, RM, RHV
Professor and Canada Research Chair in Ethnicity and Health

Email: gina.higginbottom@ualberta.ca  
Website: www.cresh.ualberta.ca
Phone: 780.492.6761
Fax: 780.492.2551
Office: 5-021A ECHA 

Mailing address:
Faculty of Nursing
Level 3, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy 
11405 87 Avenue
University of Alberta
Edmonton Alberta T6G 1C9


Educational Background

  • 2004 PhD (Medical Sociology - University of Sheffield, School of Health and Related Research
  • 1998 Postgraduate Diploma in Health Care Practice with Education Studies (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • 1997 M/A Health Promotion (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • 1994 B/A (Hons) Nursing and Midwifery Studies (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • 1989 Registered Health Visitor (Sheffield City Polytechnic)
  • 1980 Registered Midwife (Nottingham School of Midwifery)
  • 1978 Registered Nurse (Nottingham School of Nursing, Queens Medical Centre)