Ginny McGowan

Virginia (Ginny) McGowan
Senior Researcher, Writer, Editor
BA (Trent U) MA PhD (U of Toronto)

A SELF-DESCRIBED BIBLIOPHILE AND LOVER OF WORDS, Ginny is an applied medical anthropologist. She’s worked in a variety of federal and provincial government research and university settings, nationally and internationally; published and edited scholarly books, articles, reports, and policy documents; and participated in national and international forums. Over the course of her career, she has employed quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research to conduct studies in provincial government agencies and a federal government department; served on a ministerial advisory council; and held a senior manager position in the Canadian federal public service for more than ten years. She has worked with Indigenous peoples and communities both in Canada and abroad to address health, mental health, and addictions issues, and contributed to development of key performance indicators for health care and correctional case management. Formerly an associate professor in health sciences at the University of Lethbridge, she is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University. Ginny is also an elected fellow of several professional associations and a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), the Smart Justice Network, and the Editors’ Association of Canada. She received a federal public service award for exceptional service and a national award for development of training and education materials. Her most recent publication is A Metaphoric Mind: Selected Writings of Joseph Couture (2013; co-edited by Ruth Couture;, an undertaking that was funded by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation.