Elena Neiterman

Continuing Lecturer
Elena Neiterman.

Contact information

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 48221

Office: LHN 3721

Email: eneiterman@uwaterloo.ca

Research interests

As many other countries throughout the world, Canada experiences shortages in health human resources personnel. These shortages are projected to increase globally over next decades. My research examines how we can build a sustainable health care workforce by improving retention among employed health care professionals and removing barriers for internationally educated health care workers seeking professional recognition in Canada.

My other area of expertise is in women’s embodied experiences of pregnancy and the postpartum period. I explore how women come to term with their pregnant and postpartum bodies and how they navigate through medical advice during their transition to motherhood.

Graduate supervision and student opportunities

I am currently accepting applications from graduate students with research interests related to:

  • Health human resources
  • Work-life balance
  • Internationally educated health care professionals
  • Comparative health policy analysis
  • Women’s reproductive experiences
  • Qualitative methods

Graduate studies application details

Teaching int​erests

  • Sociology of aging
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Health promotion
  • Gender and health
  • Bioethics


BA Education, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

MA Education, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

MA Sociology, McMaster University 

PhDSociology, McMaster University 

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto 

Selected publications

See Google Scholar for full list of publications.

Neiterman, E. & Bourgeault, I. L. (2015). Professional Integration as a Process of Professional Resocialization: Internationally Educated Health Professionals in Canada. Social Science and Medicine, 131, 74-81. 

Neiterman, E. & Lobb, D. (2014). Women Centred but not Women-Friendly: Understanding Student Attrition in the Ontario Midwifery Education Programme. Gender, Work and Organizations. 21, 244-259.

Neiterman, E. (2013). Pregnant Bodies in Social Context: Natural, Disruptive and

Unrecognized Pregnancy. Symbolic Interaction. DOI: 10.1002/symb.71