Hannah Kia is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work.  Her current program of research addresses a variety of issues pertaining to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, Two-Spirit, and other sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ2S+) populations.  Hannah’s work centres, in particular, questions related to LGBTQ2S+ health, LGBTQ2S+ aging, as well as social work and other professional practice with sexual and gender minorities. Most recently, she launched a study aimed at examining the constituents of effective social work practice with trans and gender diverse people.  Hannah is additionally a co-investigator on various projects investigating issues such as poverty, along with sexual and mental health issues, among diverse LGBTQ2S+ populations.

Before arriving at the School of Social Work, Hannah completed her doctoral training at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, where she investigated subjugation and resistance in older gay men’s health care experiences. This study was funded by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) doctoral research award.

Prior to starting her academic career, Hannah practiced as a social worker in health care.  In this capacity, she gained experience in general acute care and hospice palliative care.  She is actively registered as a clinical social worker (RCSW) in British Columbia. Hannah’s teaching is informed not only by her scholarship as a researcher, but also by her experience as a clinical social worker in health care settings.

Winter 2020

SOWK440K Integrative Seminars in Social Work - INTGRTV SEM SOWK Sections

A series of seminars offered during the final term of studies which address salient issues in social policy and social work practice and draw upon combined knowledge from social work and related disciplines.

Selected Publications

Kia, H., Robinson, M., MacKay, J. & Ross, L.E.  (2019). Poverty in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+) populations in Canada: An intersectional review of the literature.  Journal of Poverty and Social Justice.  DOI: 10.1332/175982719X15687180682342

Moazen-Zadeh, E., Karamouzian, M., Kia, H., Salway, T., Ferlatte, O. & Knight, R. (2019). A call for action on overdose among LGBTQ people in North America. The Lancet Psychiatry. Available at: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(19)30279-2/fulltext

Kia, H. (2019). (In)visibilities that vary: The production of aging lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer subjects in chronic care. Theory In Action, 12(3), 1-20.

Kia, H., Grace, D., Strike, C. & Ross, L.E. (2018). Across serostatus: A study of subjugation and resistance in older gay men’s experiences navigating health care.  Sexuality Research and Social Policy. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13178-018-0344-y

Kia, H., MacKinnon, K.R., Legge, M.M. (2016). In pursuit of change: Conceptualizing the social work response to LGBTQ microaggressions in health settings. Social Work in Health Care, 55(10), 806-825.

MacKinnon, K.R., Tarasoff, L.A. & Kia, H. (2016). Predisposing, reinforcing, and enabling factors of trans-positive clinical behaviour change: A summary of the literature.  International Journal of Transgenderism, 17(2), 83-92.

Kia, H. (2016). Hypervisibility: Toward a conceptualization of LGBTQ aging.  Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 13(1), 46-57.

Kia, H. (2015). From acute palliation to chronic care: Using the narratives of two gay care-givers to explore experiences of providing HIV support across sociohistorical contexts. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 27(4), 482-501.