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Duesbury Margherita, MA Student

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Margherita Duesbury

MA Student

Graduate Students
Department of Health Aging & Society

Area(s) of Interest:


After graduating from McMaster University with a BA (Honours) in Health Studies and Gerontology, as well as a Minor in Religious Studies, Margherita is continuing her studies as a student in the MA program in Health & Aging. Under the supervision of Dr. James Gillett, she studies the interactions between human-animals and Animal Assisted intervention (AAI) programs, specifically within long-term care facilities (LTC). With a passion for improving the well-being of older adults and further implementing AAI programs in LTC, Margherita focuses on understanding the complex concept of the human-animal bond. Over the last few years, she has worked specifically on the qualitative media analysis of cannabis and dogs. Examining the legalization of cannabis, Margherita’s research specifically looks at its effect on dogs within the work force, healthcare and physical health. Through her academic work, Margherita has gained a greater understanding of the impact of policies on the well-being of animals and the way in which animals influence human society.



  • MA (Student), Health & Aging, McMaster University
  • BA (Honours), Health Studies and Gerontology, McMaster University (2018)


TA Experience:

September-December 2019
Teaching Assistant, McMaster University
Supervisor:  Dr. Sarah Clancy
HLTHAGE 1AA3E: Introduction to Health & Society

January-April 2019
Teaching Assistant, McMaster University
Supervisor:  Prof. Geraldine Voros
HLTHAGE 1AA3: Introduction to Health & Society

September-December 2018
Teaching Assistant, McMaster University
Supervisor:  Prof. Geraldine Voros
HLTHAGE 2B03: Social Identity, Health & Illness