Hannah Kia is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work. She is also affiliated with the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity. Her current program of research addresses a variety of issues pertaining to sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations. Hannah’s work centres, in particular, questions related to SGM health, aging in SGM communities, as well as social work and other professional practice with SGM groups.
Most recently, Hannah has been awarded an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to examine the role of peer-based social support in building resilience among transgender (trans) and gender diverse people. She is also a co-investigator on several other projects supported with tri-council funding that address the social context of SGM health.
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. Hannah is the 2020 recipient of the CAGS-ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences category. This award is typically used to recognize unusually significant and original contributions of doctoral research in Canada.
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.
Kia, H., Salway, T., Lacombe-Duncan, A., Ferlatte, O. & Ross, L.E. (2021). “You could tell I said the wrong things”: Constructions of sexual identity among older gay men in healthcare settings. Qualitative Health Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/10497323211050373
Kia, H., Göncü, K., Nation, K., Gray, J. & Usher, D. (2021). A conceptualisation of equitable social work practice with transgender and gender diverse communities. British Journal of Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcab230
Kia, H., MacKinnon, K.R. & Coulombe, A. (2021). Where is the “T”? Centering trans experiences in social work curricula addressing LGBTQ+ issues. Journal of Social Work Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/10437797.2021.1969302
Lightfoot, S., Kia, H., Vincent, A., Wright, D.K. & Vandyk, A. (2021). Trans-affirming care: An integrative review and concept analysis. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 123, 104047. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2021.104047
Kia, H., MacKinnon, K.R., Abramovich, A. & Bonato, S. (2021). Peer support as a protective factor against suicide in trans populations: A scoping review. Social Science and Medicine, 279, 114026. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114026
Kia, H., Robinson, M., MacKay, J. & Ross, L.E. (2021). Poverty in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, and other sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ2S+) communities in Canada: Implications for social work practice. Research on Social Work Practice, 31(6), 584-598. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731521996814
Kia, H., Grace, D., Strike, C., Ferlatte, O., Knight, R., Salway, T. & Ross, L.E. (2020). “They haven’t made a slot for us yet”: Conceptualizing the health care and social service needs of older gay men living with HIV in Canada. Journal of Homosexuality. https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2020.1819712
Kia, H., Robinson, M., MacKay, J. & Ross, L.E. (2020). 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, 28(1), 21-54. https://doi.org/10.1332/175982719X15687180682342
Kia, H., Strike, C., Grace, D. & Ross, L.E. (2020). Innovating the study of context: Using a qualitative study on subjugation and resistance to explore the utility of Foucauldian governmentality as a framework for enriching situational analyses. The Qualitative Report, 25(9), 3273-3296. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2020.4239
Lacombe‐Duncan, A., Kia, H., Logie, C. H., Todd, K. P., Persad, Y., Leblanc, G., Nation, K., Scheim, A.I., Lyons, T., Horemans, C. & Loutfy, M. (2020). A qualitative exploration of barriers to HIV prevention, treatment and support: Perspectives of transgender women and service providers. Health and Social Care in the Community, 29(5), e33-e46. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13234
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. https://doi.org/10.3798/tia.1937-0237.1919
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, 16, 121-133. 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/00981389.2016.1231744
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. https://doi.org/10.1080/15532739.2016.1179156
Kia, H. (2016). Hypervisibility: Toward a conceptualization of LGBTQ aging. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 13(1), 46-57. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13178-015-0194-9
Areas of Scholarship: Aging in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, and other sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ2S+) communities, social work practice with LGBTQ2S+ populations; qualitative research; critical and intersectional social work scholarship
Areas of Practice: Health care; hospice palliative care; direct practice; research, policy, and planning; community development