Pat Armstrong is a Distinguished Research Professor in Sociology at York University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She held a CHSRF/CIHR Chair in Health Services and Nursing Research and chaired Women and Health Care Reform, a group funded for over a decade by Health Canada. She has served as Chair of the Department of Sociology at York, Director of the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University and as a board member of both the Canadian Health Coalition and of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. She has been Principal Investigator on many research projects, including the 10-year study “Reimagining Long-term Residential Care: An International Study of Promising Practices”. Her most current research focuses on families and COVID-19.
Focusing on the fields of social policy, of women, work and the health and social services, she has published such books on health care as The Privatization of Care: The Case of Nursing Homes; Wash, Wear and Care. Clothes and Laundry in Long-term Care: Troubling Care: Critical to Care: The Invisible Women in Health Services Wasting Away; The Undermining of Canadian Health Care. Much of this work makes the relationship between women’s paid and unpaid work central to the analysis and is carried out in partnership with unions and community organizations. She has also served as an expert witness in more than a dozen cases before Tribunals and Commissions.