Mahdieh (Fay) Dastjerdi

Associate Professor

Locations / Contact Info:

Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 31085

Email address(es):

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Nursing


PhD - 2007
Faculty of Health
University of Alberta


As a nurse, teacher, researcher and an immigrant, I am dealing with Iranian communities in particular, and immigrants in general. My research focus is on immigrant/ refugee populations. In my PhD thesis (2007), I used grounded theory to examine Iranian immigrants’ access to Canadian health care services. Although the focus of my doctoral study was on Iranian immigrants' experiences in accessing Canadian health care services, I have also had the opportunity to be involved in several different studies related to low-income, and immigrant family care givers as well as examining culturally appropriate assessment practices in an Early Childhood Development (ECD) project. I did my postdoctoral fellowship at International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) in Alberta. In this program, I worked on the Edmonton Families First project and Narrative inquiry of Iranian women living in Canada under Dr. Maria Mayan's supervision. Since 2008, as an assistant professor at York University, besides teaching, I am actively involved with different research projects as a primarily investigator (PI) or Co-I. Presently, I am doing a Pan Canadian study on Aging, Wellbeing and  Quality of Life of Iranian seniors living in Canada.


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes