Academic and Professional Work

Dr. Nora Gold received her BSW from McGill University and her MSW and PhD (Social Work, 1990) from University of Toronto. From 1990-2000 she was a tenured professor at McMaster University, and left full-time academia in order to have more time for fiction writing. Since 2000 Gold has been an Associate Scholar at the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE), at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto.

Academic Honours and Research Awards

Gold is the recipient of seven funded research grants, two of them international Canada-Israel collaborations, and two of them from the prestigious Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Her two most recent studies (both funded by SSHRC) were a nation-wide study of Canadian Jewish women’s experiences of antisemitism and sexism and a longitudinal study of Canadian Jewish girls’ experiences of antisemitism and sexism. The latter was made into a short documentary film, Jewish Girl Power, which can be viewed here.

2003-2007
Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Grant for “Growing up Jewish, Female and Canadian: A Longitudinal Study of Girls Aged 10-18”

1998-2000 
Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies Research Grant, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, for “Cross-Cultural Differences in Decision-Making in Child Welfare Regarding the Removal of a Child from the Home: A Canada-Israel Comparison” (Nora Gold with Rami Benbenishty and Rujla Osmo)

1997-1998
Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies Research Grant, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, for “Social Policies and Social Attitudes Regarding Chronically Ill and Disabled People in Canada and in Israel: A Comparative Study” (Nora Gold and Gail Auslander)

1995-1999
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada Grant for “Developing a Disease Specific Quality of Life Instrument for Children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease” (Nora Gold with Jan Irvine, Principal Investigator, Sylviane Forget, and Robert Issenman)

1995
Received an award (with other authors) from the Jewish Women’s Caucus of the Association for Women in Psychology for her chapter in K. Weiner & A. Moon (Ed.) (1995), “Jewish Women Speak Out: Expanding the Boundaries of Psychology”. Seattle: Canopy Press.

1994-2000 
Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Grant for “A National Study of Canadian Jewish Women and their Experiences of Sexism and Antisemitism”

1994-95 
McMaster Research Centre for the Promotion of Women’s Health (SSHRC and Health and Welfare Canada) Grant for “The Work-Related Stress of Female Workers in Three Children’s Aid Societies”

1993-1996 
Hospital for Sick Children Foundation Grant for “Patients, Families, and Health Care Providers: A Study of Interactions and Outcomes in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease”. (Nora Gold with Susan Watt, Robert Issenman, and Jacqueline Roberts)

1993
Arts Research Board Grant, McMaster University for “A Study of Psychosocial Effects on Families and Patients of Pediatric Crohn’s Disease”. (Associated with a multi-site research project, entitled: “Randomized Control Trial of Elemental Diet vs. Prednisone in the Induction and Treatment of Pediatric Crohn’s Disease”) (Nora Gold with Susan Watt)

1992 & 1993 
Nominated by McMaster Students Union for a Teaching Award

1992-1998 
Arts Research Board Conference Travel Grants – 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998

1986-1989 
National Health & Welfare PhD Fellowship

1985-1986 
University of Toronto Open PhD Fellowship

1982
Winner of the Ray Godfrey Essay Competition, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

1973-1975 
University Scholarships for Academic Achievement, McGill University

Academic Publications

Journal Articles

  • Gold, Nora (2013). Fighting Antisemitism in the Feminist Community. In Charles A. Small (Ed.), Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity. Brill Publishers.
  • Gold, Nora (2012). Jewish Girls and Their Experiences of AntisemitismJournal for the Study of Antisemitism, 4(2), 533-555.
  • Gold, Nora and Timoshkina, Natalya (2011). Juxtaposing Children’s Attributional Style and Life Rating Analyses in a Longitudinal Study of Canadian Jewish Girls: A Qualitative Approach to Analyzing and Interpreting Quantitative Data.International Journal of Arts & Sciences, CD-ROM ISSN: 1044-6934 :: 4(25):159-167.
  • Gold, Nora (2004). Sexism and antisemitism as experienced by Canadian Jewish women: Results of a national study. Women’s Studies International Forum, 27(1), 55-74.
  • Benbenishty, Rami, Osmo, Rujla, & Gold, Nora (2003). Rationales provided for risk assessments and for recommended interventions in child protection: A comparison between Canadian and Israeli professionals. British Journal of Social Work. 33(2), 137-155.
  • Gold, Nora, Benbenishty, Rami, & Osmo, Rujla (2001). A comparative study of risk assessments and interventions in Canada & Israel. Child Abuse & Neglect, 25(5), 607-622.
  • Gold, Nora, Issenman, Robert, Roberts, Jacqueline, & Watt, Susan (February, 2000). Well-adjusted children: An alternate view of children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Functional Gastrointestinal Complaints. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 1, 1-7.
  • Gold, Nora & Auslander, Gail (1999). Newspaper coverage of people with disabilities in Canada and Israel: An international comparison, Disability & Society, 14(6), 709-731.
  • Gold, Nora & Auslander, Gail (1999). Gender issues in newspaper coverage of people with disabilities: A Canada-Israel comparison, Women & Health, 29(4), 75-96.
  • Auslander, Gail & Gold, Nora (1999). Disability terminology in the media: A comparison of newspaper reports in Canada and Israel, Social Science and Medicine, 48, 1395-1405.
  • Auslander, Gail & Gold, Nora (1999). Media reports on disability: A bi-national comparison of types and causes of disability as reported in major newspapers, Disability & Rehabilitation, 21(9), 420-431.
  • Gold, Nora (1998). Canadian Jewish women and their experiences of sexism and antisemitism: Results from Phase One of a National Study. Selected Papers in Canadian Studies, Jerusalem: Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies, Hebrew University, Occasional Paper #21.
  • Gold, Nora (1998). Using participatory research to help promote the physical and mental health of female social workers in child welfare. Child Welfare, 77(6), pp. 701-724.
  • Gold, Nora (1997). Canadian Jewish women and their experiences of sexism and antisemitism. In D. Eylon (Eds.), Women and Judaism: A Multidisciplinary (Electronic) Journal.
  • Gold, Nora (1996). Putting antisemitism on the anti-racism agenda in North American schools of social work. Journal of Social Work Education, 32(1), 77-89.
  • Gold, Nora (1993). Diversity, Jewish women, and social work. Canadian Social Work Review (Special Issue on Women and Social Work), 10(2), 240-255.
  • Gold, Nora (1993). Depression and social adjustment in siblings of boys with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 23(1), 147-163.
  • Gold, Nora & Bogo, Marion (1992). Social work research in a multicultural society: Challenges and approaches. Journal of Multicultural Social Work, 2(2), 7-22.
  • Gold, Nora (1990). Motivation: The crucial but unexplored component in social work practice. Social Work, 35(1), 49-56.
  • Gold, Nora (1988). Mental health in Canada: 1947-1959. Canadian Social Work Review, 5, 206-223.
  • Gold, Nora (1986). Divorce mediation and labour mediation: A comparison. Resolve (Family Mediation Canada), 2(2), 7-8.

Chapters in Books

  • Gold, N. (2002). The nature and function of assessment. In F. Turner (Ed.),Social work practice: A Canadian perspective (2nd edition) (pp. 143-154). Toronto: Prentice-Hall.
  • Gold, Nora (1999). Promoting the physical and mental health of female social workers in child welfare. In M. Denton, M. Hajdukowski-Ahmed, M. O’Connor & I. Zeytinoglu (Eds.), Women’s voices in health promotion (pp. 61-72). Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.
  • Gold, Nora (1998). The nature and function of assessment. In Francis J. Turner (Ed.), Social work practice: A Canadian perspective (ch. 10, pp. 110-121). Scarborough: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Gold, Nora (1997). Canadian Jewish women and their experiences of sexism and antisemitism. In Rachel Josefowitz Siegel and Ellen Cole (Eds.),Celebrating the lives of Jewish women: Patterns in a feminist sampler (pp. 279-289). New York: Haworth.
  • Gold, Nora (1996). The impact of multiculturalism on a Jewish social service agency: A case study (pp. 236-246). In M. Brettschneider (Ed.), The Narrow Bridge: Jewish Perspectives on Multiculturalism. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
  • Gold, Nora (1995). Ima’s Not on the Bima [Mum’s Not on the Prayer Podium]: Psychological Barriers to Women Taking Leadership Roles in Jewish Religious Practice, (pp. 55-74). In K. Weiner & A. Moon (Ed.), Jewish women speak out: Expanding the boundaries of psychology. Seattle: Canopy Press.
  • Gold, Nora & Whelan, Margaret (1992). Elderly people with autism: Defining a social work agenda for research and practice. In Francis J. Turner (Ed.), Mental health & the elderly: A social work perspective (ch. 6, pp. 102-114). New York: The Free Press.
  • Gold, Nora & Whelan, Margaret (1989). Autism: A pervasive developmental disorder. In Frank J. Turner (Ed.), The psychopathology of children: A social work perspective (pp. 34-71). New York: The Free Press.

Media Coverage

Media Coverage

This media coverage relates primarily to two of Dr. Gold’s research projects:

(1) “A National Study of Canadian Jewish Women and their Experiences of Sexism and Antisemitism,” Funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) (1994-2000).

(2) “The Work-Related Stress of Female Workers in Three Children’s Aid Societies,” Funded by the McMaster Research Centre for the Promotion of Women’s Health (SSHRC and Health and Welfare Canada) (1994-1995).

Videos

McGill Lecture – On April 9, 2013, Dr. Gold gave a lecture at McGill University, sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP), on her research on Jewish girls and their experiences of antisemitism: “I Don’t Know Why They Hate Us – I Don’t Think We Did Anything Bad To Hurt Them.” Enjoy this vimeo of that event.

Jewish Girl Power – Gold’s 13-minute film about what it is like growing up Jewish and female at the beginning of the 21st century.

Uncommon Ground (CTS) – One-hour interview with Dr. Rachael Turkienicz on her show (aired twice: November 29 and December 3, 2008). In this interview, Dr. Gold discusses her research, the film that grew out of her research, her career in social work, and her activism.

 

Newspapers

Jerusalem Report
Letter to the Editor, Nov. 24, 2008, p. 2 (“Minuscule’s OK”)

Globe and Mail
Book review: Sad, yes, but also Unforgettable. Saturday books section, Nov. 8, 2008, p. 3.

Canadian Jewish News
Jewish Women More Scared by Antisemitism than Sexism: Study.
Carolyn Blackman, Nov. 14, 2002.

Workplace News
Social Work is Not Child’s Play: Study Reveals Child-Welfare Workers Labour Under Debilitatingly Stressful Conditions.
Ken Kilpatrick. August 1998, 4(8), p. 3.

Toronto Star
Workers Sponges For Pain
Ken Kilpatrick. May 28, 1998, p. E6.

Toronto Star
Social Workers Face Increase In Violence
Ken Kilpatrick, May 11, 1998, p. A8.

McMaster Courier
Study On Antisemitism and Sexism Against Jewish Canadian Women Reveals Startling Real-Life Experiences.
Rosemary Todd, May 24, 1995.

Canadian Jewish News
Antisemitism’s Impact On Women Said Ignored.
Moura Wolpert, April 27, 1995.

Hamilton Spectator
Researcher Finds Jewish Women Often Targets For Antisemitism.
Sharon Boase, March 1, 1995.

Television

Our Jewish World (CTS) – One-hour interview with Dr. Howard Adelman on his show (aired February 7, 2010). In this interview, Dr. Gold discusses her research on antisemitism and its relationship to her pro-Israel activism and her novel, Fields of Exile.

Uncommon Ground (CTS) – One-hour interview with Dr. Rachael Turkienicz on her show (aired twice: November 29 and December 3, 2008). In this interview, Dr. Gold discusses her research, the film that grew out of her research, her career in social work, and her activism.

Israel Today (Vision) – One-hour interview with Dr. Howard Adelman on his show (aired December, 1998), discusses her research and her writing.

Radio

CBC, May 12, 1998. 5-minute interviews in multiple cities across Canada on Dr. Gold’s research on Children’s Aid Societies. Quebec City (Tim Belford), Charlottetown (Karen Mare), Toronto (Andy Berry), Winnipeg (John Bertrand), Sydney, N.S. (Jan McNeill), Sudbury (Marcus), Windsor (Teresa Lalonde), Calgary (Jeff Collins), Whitehorse (Peter Novak), Vancouver (Rich Cluff).

CBC (740 AM), “As It Happens,” Interview with Michael Enright re: Canadian Jewish women. Toronto: July 12, 1995.

CINQ (102.3 FM), Interview with Louise Halperin. Montreal: May 6, 1995.

Clinical and Professional Experience in Social Work

Dr. Gold trained in both clinical and community work, and worked for fifteen years as a social worker before completing her PhD and becoming a professor. Her primary areas of interest were the elderly and the families of children with developmental disabilities (particularly autism), and she worked in both these fields in Canada and Israel. Gold also ran a private clinical practice and consulted to a variety of social agencies and institutions.

After leaving her social work practice, Gold became increasingly involved in social activism and community work, and was instrumental in spearheading the creation of three progressive Zionist organizations in Canada.