Katie MacEntee is an accomplished interdisciplinary scholar with over fifteen years of experience using community-based methods to address critical issues of social justice. Her expertise encompasses a wide range of topics such as access to healthcare and education, HIV and AIDS, gender-based violence, transactional sex, disability and accommodations, homelessness, harm reduction, and gender equality. Katie prioritizes reflexivity, inclusion, and the incorporation of decolonizing and anti-racist approaches to promote individual and community well-being and drive social transformation. Her impact extends globally, as she has co-designed projects and collaborated with youth and adults in diverse locations including Canada, Ethiopia, India, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, and South Africa.
Katie's dedication to qualitative and arts-based research methods is evidenced by her extensive experience in facilitating one-on-one sessions and workshops. She seamlessly integrates surveys, interviews, and focus groups, along with innovative approaches like cellphilm method, participatory video, photovoice, digital storytelling, drawing, zine-making, collage, and other engaging techniques. These creative tools foster insightful engagement among all participants, creating a dynamic and inclusive environment for data collection and analysis. At the knowledge mobilization phase she works with collaborators to leverage the creative products and project findings to spark meaningful discussions among targeted and general audiences on vital social issues.
In addition to her role at CCBR, Katie holds post-doctoral fellowships at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and as part of the NSERC CREATE program at York University. Her publication record includes multiple works on participatory visual research. Her latest of two books on cellphilm method is "Cellphilm as a Participatory Visual Method: Mobilizing Opportunities for Research, Teaching, and Social Change" (Routledge, 2023).
Beyond her professional pursuits, Katie enjoys cycling, baking, hiking, and traveling.