Program Head, Community Health Education
Sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice; participatory digital, visual, and narrative research methodologies; holistic and culture-centered approaches to health promotion; substance use and abuse
715 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003
Aline Gubrium has extensive experience in innovative research methodologies that focus on narrative, participatory, and arts- and culture-centered approaches. She is a medical anthropologist with expertise in sexual and reproductive health inequities, specifically experienced by historically marginalized communities and families. Gubrium’s research lies at the intersection of ethnography, critical narrative intervention, and action. She was funded by the Ford Foundation for the “Hear Our Stories: Diasporic Youth for Sexual Rights and Justice” project, which centered digital storytelling as a critical narrative intervention for conducting sensory ethnography on sexual and reproductive health inequities and to advocate for sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice in collaboration with young pregnant and parenting Latinx women. Gubrium has recently served as MPI on an NIMHD-funded project, “MOCHA Moving Forward: A CBPR Investigation of Chronic Disease Prevention in Older, Low-Income African-American Men,” which takes a CBPR approach to evaluate the effectiveness of a narratively enhanced intervention in lowering stress and risk of chronic diseases among men of color. Currently, she is Co-PI on the Massachusetts Department of Public Health-funded STRIVE study to complete a comprehensive, four-year investigation using participatory research methods with two diverse communities in the state to examine how structural racism, in combination with other systems of oppression, contributes to inequitable adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) outcomes for youth. Gubrium's 2013 and 2015 books explain participatory visual and digital methodologies for social research, health promotion and practice, and advocacy.
Hear Our Stories project website