Jessica Gish studies age in places where culture, health/illness, the body, and technology intersect. Her research uses a variety of conceptual frameworks (e.g., critical gerontology, phenomenology, feminism, post-structuralism, cultural studies, and the social studies of science) to conduct research that examines the effects of power, culture, technological development, and consumerism on older people’s bodies and lives. Previous research investigated the ways non-surgical anti-aging treatments are transforming physician-patient relationships, understandings of age/time, and women’s experiences of aging. Her newest project explores the embodied dimensions of driving a high-tech automobile from the perspective of older drivers.
Ph.D. University of Calgary, Department of Sociology, Calgary 2012
MA University of Victoria, Department of Sociology, Victoria 2004
BA (Honour’s) University of Alberta, Department of Sociology, Edmonton 2001
Siemieniuk, R.A, Krentz, H.B., Gill, M.J., & Gish, J.A. (2010). Domestic Violence Screening: Prevalence and Outcomes in a Canadian HIV Population. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 24, 12, 763-770.
Chappell, N.L., Reid, R.C., & Gish, J.A. (2007). Staff-Based Measures of Individualized Care for Persons with Dementia in Long-Term Care Facilities. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 6, 527-547.
Reid, R.C., Chappell, N.L., & Gish, J.A. (2006). Measuring Family Perceived Involvement in Individualized Long-Term Care.Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 6, 89-104.
Not Peer Reviewed
Contributions to Books
Frank, A.W., Corman, M., Gish, J.A., & Lawton, P. (2010). Healer/Patient Interaction: New Mediations in Clinical Relationships. In I.L. Bourgeault, R. De Vries & R. Dingwall (Eds.), Handbook on Qualitative Health Research (pp. 34-52). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
PRESENTATIONS AT MEETINGS:
Siemieniuk, R.A., Krentz, H.B., Gish, J.A., & Gill, M.J. “The Prevalence of Domestic Abuse within a Regional HIV Population.” Paper presented at the 2010 Canadian Association for HIV Research conference, Saskatoon, May.
Siemieniuk, R.A., Krentz, H.B., Gish, J.A., & Gill, M.J. “Implementing Domestic Abuse Screening in a Multidisciplinary, Primary HIV-Care Setting.” Paper presented at the 2010 Canadian Association for HIV Research conference, Saskatoon, May.
Gish, J.A. “Enacting Age: Objects and Tools in Medical Cosmetic Enhancement.” Paper presented at the 2008 (Re)constructing the Aging body: Western Medical Cultures and Gender 1600-2000 conference, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany, September.
Gish, J.A. “Age Tools in the Performance of Cosmetic Surgery.” Paper presented at the 2007 Canadian Association on Gerontology conference, Calgary, October.
Gish, J.A. “Traveling Through Life: Making Sense of Our Life Experiences.” Paper presented at the 2004 Canadian Association on Gerontology conference, Victoria, October.
Gish, J.A. “Age Identity and the Creation and Discovery of Personal Meaning in Life.” Paper presented at the 2004 Narrative Matters conference, Fredericton, May.
Gish, J.A., Chappell, N.L., & Reid, R.C. “Measuring Dementia Care Knowledge of Health Care Professionals in Long-Term Care Facilities.” Poster presented at the 2004 Alzheimer’s Society of Canada conference, Montreal, April.
Reid, R.C., Chappell, N.L., & Gish, J.A. “Measuring Care Philosophy and Individualized Care: A New Measure from Canada.” Paper presented at the 2003 Gerontological Society of America, San Diego, November.
Not Peer Reviewed
Gish, J.A. “Age Identity and Making Sense of Meaning in the Lives of Older Adults.” Paper presented at the 2005 Sociology Graduate Student Research Conference, University of Calgary, March.