Dr. Adrian Guta

School of Social Work building







Adrian Guta
Associate Professor

Office: 167 Ferry Street
Windsor, ON N9A 0C5
Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext. 6761
E-mail: aguta@uwindsor.ca

Scholarly Interests/Areas of Expertise

  • Social and structural determinants of health
  • Critical studies of health and social service provision
  • HIV prevention, treatment, and care
  • Substance use and harm reduction
  • Community-based and participatory research approaches
  • Qualitative methods
  • Bioethics, public health ethics, and research ethics
  • Foucault and governmentality studies

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto
  • M.S.W, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
  • B.A. (Hon.), University of Toronto

Research Affiliations

  • Capacity Research Unit, University of British Columbia
  • Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research – Affiliate Member

Editorial Work

  • Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (Associate Editor), 2017 – 2020
  • Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (Consulting Editor), 2012 – 2017


Dr. ADRIAN GUTA is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Windsor. He is currently co-leading a multi-study program of research examining the health care needs of people living with HIV who are actively substance using (e.g., using illicit drugs or drinking hazardously) during hospital admissions, with the goal of developing strategies to better support their ability to remain engaged in care, and to promote harm reduction approaches within hospitals. Dr. Guta regularly partners with community and clinical partners to design research studies which meet the needs of patients and service users. His research is supported by funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Ontario HIV Treatment Network, and the National Institutes of Drug Abuse. 

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:
  1. Lacombe-Duncan, A., Guta, A., & Newman, P.A. (2021). Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) implementation: Implications for social work practice. Health & Social Work doi:10.1093/hsw/hlaa038

  2. MacKinnon, K. R., Guta, A., Voronka, J., Pilling, M., Williams, C. C., Strike, C., & Ross, L. E. (2021). The Political Economy of Peer Research: Mapping the Possibilities and Precarities of Paying People for Lived Experience. The British Journal of Social Work. doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcaa241

  3. Gagnon, M., Guta, A. Murray, S., Bungay, V., & Upshur, R. (2020). “It gets people through the door”: A qualitative case study of the use of incentives in the care of people at risk or living with HIV in British Columbia, Canada. BMC Medical Ethics, 21(1), 105. doi:10.1186/s12910-020-00548-5

  4. French, M., Guta, A., Gagnon, M., Mykhalovskiy, E., Roberts, S.L., Su, G., McClelland, A., & Mckelvey, F (2020). Corporate contact tracing as a pandemic response. Critical Public Health, 1-8. doi:10.1080/09581596.2020.1829549

  5. Guta, A., Gagnon, M., & Philbin, M. M. (2020). Ethical Convergence and Ethical Possibilities: The Implications of New Materialism for Understanding the Molecular Turn in HIV, the Response to COVID-19, and the Future of Bioethics. The American Journal of Bioethics, 20(10), 26-29. doi:10.1080/15265161.2020.1806400

  6. Newman, P. A., & Guta, A. (2020). How to Have Sex in an Epidemic Redux: Reinforcing HIV Prevention in the COVID-19 Pandemic. AIDS and Behavior, 24(8), 2260-2264. doi:10.1007/s10461-020-02940-z

  7. Gagnon, M., Guta, A., & Payne, A. (2020). “Setting people up for success and then failure” – health care and service providers’ experiences of using prize-based contingency management. Substance abuse treatment, prevention, and policy, 15(1), 71. doi:10.1186/s13011-020-00316-z

  8. De Shalit, A., van der Meulen, E., & Guta, A. (2020). Social service responses to human trafficking: the making of a public health problem. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 1-16. doi:10.1080/13691058.2020.1802670

  9. Strike, C., Robinson, S., Guta, A., Tan, D.H., O’Leary, B., Cooper, C., Upshur, R., & Carusone, S.C. (2020). Illicit drug use while admitted to hospital: patient and health care provider perspectives. PLOS ONE 15(3): e0229713. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0229713

  10. McClelland, A., Guta, A., & Gagnon, M. (2020). The rise of molecular HIV surveillance: implications on consent and criminalization. Critical Public Health, 30(4), 487-493. doi:10.1080/09581596.2019.1582755

  11. Guta, A. & Murray S.J. (2019). On the possibility of being governed differently: Exploring Foucault’s legacy for critical social science studies in the field of HIV/AIDS. In E. Mykhalovskiy & V. Namaste (Eds.), Social Science and HIV/AIDS: Critique, Research and Engagement (pp. 39-71). Vancouver: UBC Press.

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