The Research Team
DR. JEFFREY P. AGUINALDO (PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR)
Dr. Jeffrey P. Aguinaldo is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Wilfrid Laurier University. He completed his BA at York University and MA at Wilfrid Laurier University. He received his PhD in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
For 18 years, Dr. Aguinaldo has researched and taught in the field of HIV/AIDS and gay men’s health. From 2000-2007, he was a research assistant in the HIV Social, Behavioural, and Epidemiological Studies Unit, where he is now an Affiliated Member. In 2009, he was an invited participant to the 2nd Annual New Investigator Forum, Institute of Institute of Infection and Immunology III, Canadian Institutes for Health Research.
Throughout his research career, Dr. Aguinaldo has collaborated with community-based organisations to produce policy-relevant and service-oriented research. From 2007 to around 2009, he collaborated with the AIDS Committee of Toronto to develop and disseminate findings from the Party Drugs Study. From 2011 on, he has worked with Fifehouse Foundation and served as investigator on the Transitional Housing Study (CIHR), the Women, HIV, and Aging study (CIHR), and, currently, the Youth, HIV, and Housing Study (OHTN). For these projects, Dr. Aguinaldo delivered numerous capacity-building community workshops on qualitative data collection and analysis.
MINA LY (RESEARCH COORDINATOR)
Mina Ly is a Sociology Master’s student at Wilfrid Laurier University. She completed her undergraduate BA degree in Psychology (research specialist stream) and Sociology at WLU. Mina has experience working with vulnerable and marginalized populations, including minority youth, disadvantaged single mothers and their children, new immigrants and refugees, and homeless populations. Mina’s specific academic areas of interest include quantitative research methodologies and statistics, mental health and illness, social work practices surrounding immigration and refugees, and social constructions of gender.
Rachel Meiorin (RESEARCH assistant)
Rachel Meiorin is in her last year in the Honours Bachelor of Arts program at Wilfrid Laurier University. Majoring in Sociology with a specialization in applied research methods and business management, Rachel’s research interests span a wide range of disciplines with a primary focus on examining the labour market outcomes of various sociodemographic populations in Canada. Rachel aspires to pursue a career in social statistics and write policy for a government agency. Along with her academic duties, Rachel is also the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Laurier Sociology Students’ Association, an Instructional Assistant for first-year Sociology, and a volunteer with the Accessible Learning Centre on campus. Rachel is assisting in the analysis of media representations of criminalization of HIV nondisclosure.
Felicia Scavuzzo-Munro (RESEARCH assistant)
Felicia Scavuzzo-Munro is in her fourth year of undergraduate studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, pursuing an Honours Degree in Sociology, accompanied by a minor in Criminology as well as a Legal Studies Option. Her research areas of interest include criminal law, criminalization, criminal justice, and socio-legal theory. As a research assistant in the study, Felica manages multiple streams of data, including newspaper articles and legal documents, to conduct research on the criminalization of HIV nondisclosure.