Kathleen Sitter

Associate Professor

Calgary Campus

Tier II CRC in Multi-Sensory Storytelling in Research and Knowledge Translation

Calgary Campus

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Faculty of Education

University of Calgary

Masters of Social Work (MSW)

University of Calgary

Masters of Communication Studies (MCS)

University of Calgary

Bachelor of Public Relations (BPR)

Mount St. Vincent University

Contact information


MacKimmie Tower : MT435


  • F2020 - SOWK 747 - Research Methods II: Qualitative    
  • F2020 - SOWK 799.86 - Special Topics Seminar (PAR, Disability & The Arts)    

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Research Activities

Research areas

  • International
  • Sexuality and Gender
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Critical Disability

Current Research

  •  Sitter, K. C.(PI). (2016 - 2018). Using participant-generated photography and social media to understand the social location of sex workers in Newfoundland and Labrador. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant (SSHRC – IDG).
  • Sitter, K. C(PI), Beausoleil, N., Cameron, E.; Mathieson, A., McGowan, E., Walsh, G., & Wideman, G.  (2016 - 2018). Making decisions about surgical treatment: Using digital stories to explore the experiences of breast cancer patients. NL Support, Patient-Oriented Research, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (SPOR SUPPORT – CIHR).
  • Sitter, K. C. (PI). (2015 - 2017). #Sexwork and social media: A Twitter study on Bill C-36. Funded by Memorial University SSHRC/VP Research (MUN – SSHRC/VP).
  • Sitter, K. C. (PI). (2015 - 2017). Making the journey: A photovoice study about transportation and quality of life for persons with disabilities. Funded by Memorial University in Partnership with Empower: The Disability Resource Centre.
  • Whitley, R. (PI), Adamson, G., Kutcher, S., Sitter, K. C. (CIs). (2014 - 2017). Stopping the stigma: Creating and assessing an anti-stigma and pro-recovery educational intervention using participatory video with people with mental illness. Operations Grant, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). 


Dr. Kathleen Sitter is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary, and an Adjunct Professor in the Division of Community Health and Humanities of the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University. Her research primarily focuses on the theoretical and practical implications of participatory media, which includes the use of still and moving images in collaborative frameworks. In her research, she gives particular attention to: 1) the affordances and limitations of participatory research relating to community engagement and human rights; 2) the role of radical incrementalism and its intersection with process, content, and outcome, and; 3) knowledge translation, and the ways in which participatory visual representations unfold and take shape in social media spaces. 

Through her research, Dr. Sitter has worked with a variety of adults and youth in the areas of disability, sex work, mental health, and health care. Her scholarly activities include over 70 arts-based participatory works as well as over 40 juried screenings and exhibitions. Dr. Sitter’s scholarship also involves creative forms of visualizing academic research, such as cartoon abstracts, social media photograph exhibits and online participatory videos.


Dr. Sitter has received over $1.1 million in research funding. She is also the recipient of several awards, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant (SSHRC-IDG), Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship (SSHRC), NL Support Patient Oriented Research, Canadian Institutes for Health Research (SPOR SUPPORT - CIHR), NL Support Knowledge Translation Award (SPOR-CIHR), American Educational Research Association International Outstanding Dissertation Award (AERA SIG – DSE), Dean’s Excellence Award (University of Calgary, FGS), Research Award (University of Calgary, FGS), Best Short Film Award (Calgary Fringe Festival), and IN: Camera Film Production Award (Canadian Council for the Arts).