Dr. Oliffe’s research program in masculinities and men’s health has focused on prostate cancer, depression and suicide and men’s smoking. He has also collaborated providing expertise to a range of other men’s health issues including immigrant men’s heart health, male youth sexual health, Aboriginal men’s health, incarcerated men’s health, fathering and unintentional childhood injury, gay men’s intimate partner violence and men’s experiences and expressions of grief following the death of a male peer. These collaborations have enabled him to build research capacity in masculinities and men’s health in Canada amid advancing his own productive research program.
While men’s health can be positioned as focusing entirely on males, Dr. Oliffe’s work has purposely used gender relations to describe connections between the health of men, and their partners and families. Much of his work is qualitative and while he has described in-depth an array of men’s health issues Dr. Oliffe has also transitioned many of these insights toward interventions to advance the health and well-being of men and their families.