• Bombak_Andrea_Head.jpgPosition: Faculty
  • Department: School of Health Sciences
  • Division:  Community Health Division
  • Campus Address: 2238 Health Professions Building
  • Phone: 989-774-3607
  • Email: bomba1a@cmich.edu
  • Courses:
    HSC 317  - Community Health
    HSC 532 - Diversity Issues in Health Professions
    MPH 648 - Health Policy and Management
  • Area(s) of Expertise: Weight bias, self-perceptions of health, qualitative research

Degrees and Universities

Bachelor of Science (Honours):  University of Calgary
Master of Arts: University of Manitoba, Anthropology
PhD: University of Manitoba, Community Health Sciences
Postdoctoral Fellow:  University of Manitoba, Community Health Sciences
                                        University of Calgary, Community Health Sciences
                                        University of Calgary, Werklund School of Education

Research Areas

Dr. Bombak is a critical medical anthropologist with grounding in public health and policy. Her research focuses on the lived experiences, healthcare encounters, and health perceptions of ‘obese’ persons across time and weight trajectories in a stigmatizing social climate. She is currently involved in multiple research studies exploring body acceptance, life after bariatric surgery, weight stigma and understandings of intergenerational obesity understandings in rural low-income women, and sugar-sweetened beverages.

Selected Publications

Monaghan LF, Bombak AE, Rich E. Obesity, neoliberalism and epidemic psychology: critical commentary. Critical Public Health (Published online: Sept. 5, 2017). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2017.1371278

Riediger ND, Bombak, AE. Sugar-sweetened beverages as the new tobacco: examining a proposed tax policy through a Canadian social justice lens? CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne (Accepted Sept. 28, 2017).

Bombak AE, Monaghan LF. 2017. Obesity, bodily change and health identities: A qualitative study of Canadian women. Sociology of Health and Illness 39:923-40.

Bombak AE, Hanson HM. Qualitative insights from the osteoporosis research: a review of the literature. Journal of Osteoporosis vol. 2016, Article ID 7915041, doi:10.1155/2016/7915041.

Bombak AE*, McPhail D*, Ward P. 2016. Reproducing stigma: interpreting "overweight" and "obese" women's experiences of weight-based discrimination in reproductive healthcare. Social Science & Medicine 166:94-101. *Co-first authors.

McPhail D; Bombak AE, Ward P, Allison J. 2016. Wombs at risk, wombs as risk: fat women's experiences of reproductive care. Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society 5(2):98-115.

Bombak AE. 2015. "Everybody watches and everybody comments": Health-at-Every-Size and dieting in a fat-phobic world. Food, Culture & Society 18(4):681-700.

Bombak AE. 2015. "Obesities": Experiences and perspectives across weight trajectories. Health Sociology Review 24(3):256-269.

Bombak AE. 2015. Obese persons' physical activity experiences and motivations across weight changes: a qualitative exploratory study. BMC Public Health 15:1129  doi:10.1186/s12889-015-2456-0.

McPhail D, Bombak AE. 2015. Fat, queer and sick? A critical analysis of 'lesbian obesity' in public health discourse. Critical Public Health. 25(5):539-553. doi:10.1080/09581596.2014.992391.

Bombak AE. 2014. Obesity and systems: framing and marginalizing individuals. American Journal of Public Health 104(7): e1-e2. doi. 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302031. (Invited Response).

Bombak AE. 2014. The obesity epidemic: evolving science, unchanging etiology. Sociology Compass 8(5):509-524.

Bombak AE. 2014. The contribution of applied anthropology to obesity stigma-related public health approaches. Journal of Obesity 2014 (Article ID 267286). doi:10.1155/2014/267286.

Bombak A. 2014. Obesity, Health-at-Every-Size, and public health policy. American Journal of Public Health 104(2): e60–e67. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301486.

Bombak AE. 2013. Self-rated health and public health: a critical perspective. Frontiers in Epidemiology 1:15. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2013.00015.

Muzyka CN, Thompson LH, Bombak AE, Driedger SM, Lorway R. 2012. A Kenyan newspaper analysis of the limitations of voluntary medical male circumcision and the importance of sustained condom use. BMC Public Health 12:465

Bombak A, Bruce S. 2012. Self-rated health and ethnicity: focus on indigenous populations. International Journal of Circumpolar Health 71: 18538.

Buzon MR, Bombak A. 2010. Dental disease in the Nile Valley during the New Kingdom. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 20:371-387.

In press

Bombak AE, Hanson H. A critical discussion of patient engagement in research. The Journal of Patient-Centred Research and Reviews (Accepted August 26, 2016).


Monaghan L, Rich E, Bombak A. Obesity and Health: Rethinking the Problem from Policy to Practice. Routledge (Contract accepted. Publication scheduled: 15th January 2017).