The School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia welcomes Dr. Hannah Kia to its faculty! Hannah Kia joined the School on July 1, 2019, after completing her doctoral degree in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Her dissertation, which was supported with a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research Award, examined subjugation and resistance in older gay men’s health care experiences. Currently, her program of research broadly addresses aging in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, and other sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ2S+) communities, and additionally centres questions related to social work practice with these populations. She is, in particular, currently interested in examining expectations and experiences of aging in trans and gender diverse communities, and intends to draw on a variety of critical and intersectional traditions of scholarship to inform this work.
Prior to starting her academic career, Hannah practiced as a social worker in health care settings, where she specialized in hospice palliative care and acute care more generally. During her time as a social worker on a tertiary palliative care unit, in addition to engaging in clinical practice, she co-taught professional development courses on psychosocial dimensions of end of life care to service providers across a range of disciplines.
Hannah is very much look forward to exciting opportunities for collaboration with other faculty, staff, and students at the School, and is eager to begin teaching this fall!