CGSHE Speaker Series presents: Dr. Hannah Kia – Aging in Sexual & Gender Minority Communities: Foregrounding the Intersection

April 22, 2021 @ 12:00–1:00 pm


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About the Talk

Despite growing interest in the issues and experiences of older sexual and gender minority (SGM) adults, numerous questions in this area of scholarship remain under-explored. In this talk, Dr. Kia will draw on existing literature on aging in SGM communities, together with her own empirical and theoretical contributions in this area, to conceptualize implications of this emerging work for research, policy, and practice. Dr. Kia will discuss the continued need for intersectional scholarship that both addresses relevant gaps in existing knowledge of SGM aging and promises to respond to salient equity issues in this area.

About Dr. Kia

Dr. Hannah Kia is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia and a CGSHE faculty member. Her current program of research addresses a variety of issues pertaining to sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations, including SGM health, aging in SGM communities, as well as social work and other professional practice with SGM groups. Most recently, she launched a study aimed at examining the constituents of effective social work practice with trans and gender diverse people. Hannah is a co-investigator on various projects investigating issues such as poverty and sexual and mental health issues among diverse SGM populations. Prior to starting her academic career, Hannah practiced as a social worker in health care, where 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.