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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans health inequalitiesInternational perspectives in social work$

Julie Fish and Kate Karban

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447309673

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447309673.001.0001

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(p.xv) Notes on contributors

(p.xv) Notes on contributors

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans health inequalities
Policy Press

  • Kathryn Almack is a senior research fellow in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham, UK. She is a sociologist whose research interests encompass the dynamics and diversity of people’s friendship and family lives. Kathryn is leading a two-year, UK-wide project (2012–14) entitled ‘Last outing: exploring end of life experiences and care needs in the lives of older LGBT people’, funded by the Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Programme, and pilot research exploring bisexual ageing.

  • Tyler M. Argüello is an assistant professor in the Division of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento, USA. His chapter is based on his research for his doctoral dissertation on identities, sex/uality and the ‘logic of objects’ in the production and prevention of health disparities. Currently, Tyler is studying HIV historical trauma, intergenerational divides and queer populations. He is a diplomate in clinical social work and is a licensed clinical social worker.

  • Louis Bailey is a research fellow in health inequalities in the Centre for Health and Population Sciences at Hull York Medical School, UK. He is a medical sociologist specialising in the lifecourse, ageing and end of life. His research explores the cumulative impact of health inequalities on marginalised and minority populations as well as the interaction of gender identity, disembodiment and (social) death.

  • Gerardo Betancourt is a PhD student in the Factor–Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is also an AIDS community educator at the HIV Prevention Program at the Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples. Current interests include community-based research in sex and gender health disparities, health interventions, intersectionality, HIV prevention and immigrants’ health.

  • Elizabeth Breshears is an associate professor of social work at California State University, Stanislaus, USA. Her research uses a strengths perspective to explore societal changes that can help to address social inequalities. She focuses on the oppression of marginalised and vulnerable populations, particularly children and lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) older people. Recent publications include an article (co-authored with Valerie Leyva) ‘Assessing the efficacy of LGBT (p.xvi) cultural competency training for aging services providers in California’s Central Valley’ in (2014) Journal of Gerontological Social Work 57, 2–4.

  • Nicola Carr is a lecturer in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen’s University Belfast. She has been chair of EPIC, a national organisation in the Republic of Ireland representing young people with care experience. She is a co-author of the first national study on LGBT mental health and wellbeing in the Republic of Ireland – Supporting LGBT lives (Mayock et al, Gay and Lesbian Equality Network and BeLonG To Youth Services, 2009).

  • Andy Dunlap is an assistant professor of social work at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA, USA. He is a clinical social worker specialising in late adolescence and early adulthood and he teaches social work practice classes. His research focuses on understanding the coming-out process for LGBT people and how it has changed over time.

  • Diane E. Elze is an associate professor of social work at the University at Buffalo, NY, USA, where she also directs the Master of Social Work Program. She has spent most of her professional career working with and on behalf of LGBT young people. Her research and publications have focused on risk and protective factors for, and service delivery to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) young people.

  • Julie Fish was joint convener (with Kate Karban) between 2010 and 2014 of the Social Work and Health Inequalities Network, an association of over 300 social work academics and practitioners from 25 countries worldwide, who seek to combat the causes and consequences of socially created physical and mental health inequalities. She has conducted research in LGBT health and social care inequalities for 18 years, recently completing an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) knowledge exchange project (RES-192-22-0111) with Macmillan and Breast Cancer Care. In 2012, her book Social work and lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people: Making a difference was published by Policy Press. She is Director of the Mary Seacole Research Centre.

  • Kate Karban is a senior lecturer in social work at the University of Bradford, UK. She was a co-author of Confronting prejudice: Lesbian and gay issues in social work education (Logan et al, Ashgate, 1996) and has written and researched about mental health and interprofessional (p.xvii) learning. She was joint convenor of the Social Work and Health Inequalities Network, with Julie Fish, between 2010 and 2014.

  • Andrew King is a lecturer in sociology at the University of Surrey, UK. He is a sociologist whose research interests are in the intersection of ageing, sexuality, gender and citizenship. He has conducted research funded by the ESRC to enable service providers to find ways to improve services for older LGBT people. He has published widely in this research area.

  • Hans Knutagård has served as a senior lecturer in social work at Kristianstad University, Sweden since 2011. He has been working for 30 years as both a social work practitioner and a theoretician. His current research revolves around social work, sexualities and health inequalities, especially for LGBT people, focusing on areas such as male rape, male sex work, HIV/AIDS, honour-related violence and hate crime.

  • Valerie Lester Leyva is an associate professor of social work at California State University, Stanislaus, USA. Active research areas include the needs of older LGBT people in residential care, trans young people and civilian reintegration of military veterans. A recent article, with Elizabeth Breshears – ‘Assessing the efficacy of LGBT cultural competency training for aging services providers in California’s Central Valley’ – has been published in (2014) Journal of Gerontological Social Work 57, 2–4.

  • Tracey Maegusuku-Hewett is a senior lecturer in social work at Swansea University, UK. Her research interests include sexuality and equality; child welfare and rights; and the social work response to immigration and asylum. Tracey and colleagues at Swansea University have recently completed a study examining the provision of inclusive and anti-discriminatory services to older lesbian, gay and bisexual-identifying people in residential care environments in Wales.

  • Kimberley Ens Manning is associate professor of political science at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. She is principal investigator of a Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council team research project designed to develop new research and community resources in support of gender-creative children and their families. She also teaches and conducts research related to gender and politics in the People’s Republic of China. (p.xviii)

  • Bridget Moss is education and research director at St Helena Hospice, Colchester, UK. Her research interests include the impact of health and illness on LGBT relationships, including children, and how this relates to the changing landscape of health and social care. Bridget is a nurse and a teacher by background and has held positions within clinical practice and education.

  • Nick J. Mulé is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at York University, Canada. His research interests include the social inclusion/exclusion of LGBTQ populations in social policy and service provision. He also engages in critical analysis of the LGBTQ movement and the development of queer liberation theory. A queer activist, Nick is currently the founder and chairperson of Queer Ontario. Additionally, he is a psychotherapist serving LGBTQ populations in Toronto.

  • Andrea Nagy is a PhD candidate in educational sciences at the University of Innsbruck, Austria and research assistant in social work at the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, Italy. Her research areas include access to social services, care leavers, LGBT issues in social work and regional lesbian feminist culture.

  • Urban Nothdurfter is a PhD candidate in comparative social work at the University of Trento, Italy and research fellow at the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, Italy. His research interests lie mainly in the interface between social policy development and professional social work practice. He also works on social work history and on LGBT topics.

  • John Pinkerton is professor of child and family social work at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. He was the principal investigator in a government-funded Northern Ireland baseline study of young people leaving state care in the early 1990s and has continued to write and undertake research on the subject since then. He is a founding member of the International Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood from Care (INTRAC).

  • Annie Pullen Sansfaçon is an associate professor of social work at the Université de Montréal, Canada. She obtained her PhD at De Montfort University in the UK, where she specialised in ethics and social action. In her work, she has applied social action methodologies as a (p.xix) tool for ethical practice, with various oppressed populations, including families of trans young people.

  • Michele Raithby is a senior lecturer in social work at Swansea University, UK. After practising as a generic social worker, she specialised in adult care, then the regulation and inspection of residential care settings before undertaking further research and moving into social work education. Her research interests include social work with older people, sexuality in adult social care, and reflective practice in social work education.

  • Ketki Ranade is assistant professor at the Centre for Health and Mental Health, School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. She is member of LABIA (www.labiacollective.org), a queer feminist LBT collective in Mumbai. Ketki has worked for a decade within the mental health service sector and has also conducted research studies on the use of reparative/conversion treatments for homosexuality by healthcare providers, understanding gay-affirmative approaches to counselling LGBTQ clients and familial responses to same-sex sexuality of a family member.

  • Mitchell Rosenwald is an associate professor of social work at Barry University, Florida, USA. His practice experience includes working with LGBTQ young people, child welfare and mental health. He is the co-author of Advocating for children in foster and kinship care (with Beth N. Riley, Columbia University Press, 2010). Currently, Mitchell is the president of the National Association of Social Workers, Florida Chapter.

  • Susan Saltzburg is an associate professor of social work at Ohio State University, USA. Her clinical and community work with LGBTQ young people and families has been instrumental in shaping scholarship and teaching. Her areas of interest are family adjustment to coming out, LGBT young people, preparing students for LGBT practice, and narrative therapy. Susan currently serves as co-chair of the Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

  • Ala Sirriyeh is a lecturer in sociology in the School of Sociology and Criminology at Keele University, UK. Her research is centred in the field of migration and refugee studies, particularly with reference to children, young people, gender, identities and personal relationships. (p.xx) Her recent book Inhabiting borders, routes home: Youth, gender, asylum (Ashgate, 2013) explored young refugee women’s narratives of home and transitions to adulthood.

  • Tes Smith is business development manager for Essex Carers, UK. Her research interests include how people manage long-term conditions and access care services and the responsiveness of care providers to differing needs of the community. A social worker by background, Tes has held a variety of positions in adult social care and as national social care lead, most recently as the social care programme manager for Macmillan Cancer Support.

  • Yiu-Tung Suen is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. His research examines the lived experiences of sexual minority groups, noting the influences of historical time, with his research on older gay men, and space, studying LGBT issues in care homes and universities. His sites of research currently include the UK and Hong Kong.

  • Sue Westwood has qualifications in gerontology, law, and gender, sexuality and human rights. A freelance trainer, researcher, organisational consultant and occasional tutor in the Law School at Keele University, UK, Sue is also completing a PhD in law. Her research explores equality issues in relation to ageing, gender and sexuality from a feminist sociolegal perspective.

  • Paul Willis is a senior lecturer in social work at Swansea University, UK. His practice experience includes supporting LGBQ young people in counselling and community development roles in rural Tasmania. His research interests include sexuality and care, sexuality and ageing, and the social identities and wellbeing of LGBQ young people. Paul is co-chair of the UK Sexuality in Social Work Interest Group.

  • Elizabeth A. Winter is a clinical assistant professor of social work in the Child Welfare Education and Research Programs at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. She previously worked in the human services provider community and still maintains a clinical practice. Her interests include LGBTQ people in child welfare, child welfare workforce development, the treatment of addictions and traumatic stress.