Aline C. Gubrium

Professor and Program Head, Community Health Education
305 Arnold House


B.A., Indiana University; M.A., University of Florida; Ph.D., University of Florida

Area(s) of Specialization: 

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

Research Description: 

I have extensive experience using innovative and collaborative research methodologies, including narrative, visual, and sensory approaches. I am a trained and experienced facilitator of digital storytelling workshops and use the process in public health research, intervention, and advocacy contexts. As a medical anthropologist, I have worked in diverse communities, nationally and internationally, including conducting discursive narrative and ethnographic research on gender socialization and substance use among southern, rural African American women; collaborating with community-based partners on an NIH-funded Photovoice project with Latino/a youth in Springfield, MA focused on parent-child communication about sexuality; heading up a Ford Foundation-funded digital storytelling, sensory ethnography project and strategic communications project focused on sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice with young parenting Latinas; and leading an NICHD-funded project on using a culture-centered narrative approach for health promotion with nulliparous, pregnant, and/or parenting young Latinas. Currently, I serve as Co-I, as a digital storytelling/narrative expert, on a U01 funded by the NIMHD, which uses a CBPR approach to evaluate the effectiveness of a narratively enhanced intervention in lowering stress and risk of chronic diseases among men of color. My 2013 and 2015 books explain participatory visual and digital methodologies for social research, health promotion and practice, and advocacy.

Visit the Hear Our Stories digital storytelling project website for more information on my current research.

Publication List: 

PubMed Search Link

Key Publications: 

Gubrium A., Fiddian-Green A, Jernigan, K, Krause, EL. Bodies as evidence: Mapping new terrain for teen pregnancy and parenting. Global Public Health 2016, 11(5-6).

Fiddian-Green A., Gubrium A, Peterson J. “Puerto Rican Latina youth coming out to talk about sexuality and identity.” Health Communication. 2016.

Gubrium A, Fiddian-Green A, Lowe S, DiFulvio G, Del Toro-Mejias L. “Measuring down: Evaluating digital storytelling as a process for narrative health promotion.” Qualitative Health Research. In Press, May 16, 2016. DOI: 10.1177/1049732316649353.

Gubrium A., Mann E., Borrero, S., Dehlendorf, C., Fields, J., Geronimus, A.T., Gomez, A.M., Harris, L., Higgins, J., Kimport, K., Luker, K., Luna, Z., Mamo, L., Roberts, D., Romero, D., & Sisson, G. “Realizing reproductive health equity needs more than LARC.” American Journal of Public Health, Accepted September 2015.

Gubrium A., Harper K., Otanez M. Participatory Visual and Digital Research in Action. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press. July 2015.

Gubrium A, Hill A, Flicker S. A situated practice of ethics for participatory visual and digital methods in public health research and practice: A focus on digital storytellingAmerican Journal of Public Health. 103(10), 2014. DOI 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301310

Gubrium A, Harper K.; Participatory Visual and Digital Methodologies. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press. 2013.