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Hilde Zitzelsberger
PhD

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Science Building - Room 3026
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

905.721.8668 ext. 3811

hilde.zitzelsberger@uoit.ca


Research topics

  • disabilities and differences
  • chronic illnesses
  • embodiment
  • community health
  • gender and health (i.e. women and girls)
  • health-care technologies

Background

Dr. Hilde Zitzelsberger graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 1998. In 2002, she completed her Master of Science in the Department of Public Health Sciences, Social Science and Health Program. This degree was concurrent with the Collaborative Graduate Program in Women’s Studies at the University of Toronto, where her focus was on exploring social attitudes and responses to disability and women’s experiences of living with disability and/or physical difference. 

Dr. Zitzelsberger's PhD degree was completed in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, concurrent with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Collaborative PhD Research and Training Program in Health Care, Technology and Place at the University of Toronto. Her research centred on girls’ and boys’ technologically mediated experiences of hospital-based hemodialysis using ethnographic methods, including participant observation and participatory research approaches. Dr. Zitzelsberger has received numerous fellowships and awards, including a Canadian Institute of Health Research/Ontario Women’s Council Health Professional Fellowship.

Strongly dedicated to community health issues for more than 12 years, she has worked in various health and social sectors in the areas of violence, women’s health, disability and difference, and body image. She has also worked with a diversity of communities across race, gender, sexuality, and disabilities.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario 1998
  • Master of Science McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario 2002
  • PhD University of Toronto inToronto, Ontario

Research and expertise

  • Biomedical, social, and philosophical theories of embodiment;
  • Chronic health conditions;
  • Disability and physical difference;
  • Health-care technologies and places;
  • Qualitative methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches; and
  • Women’s and girl’s health.
  • The Hospital for Sick Children.

Involvement

  • Publications and presentations
    • Zitzelsberger, H (2010). Sylvie: A Reflection on Embodiments, Technologies, and Transformations Through a Fictional Account of Conjoinment. Radical Psychology: A Journal of Psychology, Politics and Radicalism, (Special issue on Gender and Bodily Difference) online journal;
    • Rice, C, Zitzelsberger, H, Porch, W and Ignagni, E (2010). Creating Community Across Disability and Difference in D. Driedger (Ed.), Living the Edges: A Disabled Women's Reader. Toronto, Ontario: Inanna Publications and Education Inc. (reprint);
    • Gibson, BE, Zitzelsberger, H and McKeever, P (2009). “Futureless” Persons: Shifting Life Expectancies and the Vicissitudes of Progressive Illness. Sociology of Health and Illness, 31(4), 554-568;
    • Rice, C, Zitzelsberger, H, Porch, W and Ignagni, E (2009). Creating Community across Disability and Difference in T. Titchkosky & R. Michalko (Eds), Rethinking Normalcy: A Disability Studies Reader. Toronto, Ontario: Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc (reprint);
    • Zitzelsberger, H (2008). (In)visibility: Accounts of Embodiment of Women with Physical Disabilities and Differences (Part 12) in C. Malacrida & J. Low (Eds),Sociology of the Body: A Reader. Toronto, Ontario: Oxford University Press Canada (reprint);
    • Zitzelsberger, H, Vigneux, A, McKeever, P, Chambon, A and Morgan, K (March 2008). Time, Space, and Technology: Children's Perceptions of and Responses to a Pediatric Hemodialysis Unit. (Abstracts from the 28th Annual Dialysis Conference, March, 2008). Hemodialysis International, 12(1), 158-159;
    • Zitzelsberger, H (2005). In/Visibility: Accounts of Embodiment of Women with Physical Disabilities and Differences. Disability and Society, 20(4), 389-403;
    • Rice, C, Zitzelsberger, H, Porch, W and Ignagni, E (2005). Creating Community Across Disability and Difference.Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme 24(1), 187-193;
    • Rice, C, Zitzelsberger, H, Porch, W and Ignagni, E (2005). Envisioning New Meanings of difference. International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Practice, 3&4, 119-130;
    • Zitzelsberger, H (2004). Concerning Technology: Thinking with Heidegger. Nursing Philosophy 5(3), 242-250;
    • Rice, C, Renooy, L, Zitzelsberger, H, Aubin, A and Odette, F (2004). Talking About Body Image, Identity, Disability, and Difference: A Facilitator’s Manual. AboutFace International and Regional Women’s Health Centre, Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre: Toronto, Ontario;
    • Zitzelsberger, H, Rice, C, Whittington-Walsh, F, Odette, F and Aubin, A (2002). Building Bridges Across Difference and Disability: A Resource Guide for Health Care Providers.  AboutFace International and Regional Women’s Health Centre, Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre: Toronto, Ontario;
    • Zitzelsberger, H, Odette, F, Rice, C and Whittington-Walsh, F (2002). Building bridges across physical difference and disability (pp. 259-261) in S. M. Abbey (Ed.),Ways of Knowing In and Through The Body: Diverse Perspectives on Embodiment. Welland, Ontario: Soleil.
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