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Ashley Lacombe-Duncan

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Ashley Lacombe-Duncan

Ashley Lacombe-Duncan received her MSW (2010) and PhD (2018) from the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Lacombe-Duncan’s macro social work practice experience includes: policy analysis, grant writing, practice-informed research, program development, and program evaluation in community-based and hospital health and mental health settings. Her major research focus centers on healthcare access and health equity, with a particular focus on healthcare access for people who experience multiple forms of intersecting oppressions. Specifically, her research focuses on three main areas: (1) understanding barriers to access to care, including HIV care, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people; (2) developing/adapting, pilot testing and evaluating interventions to increase HIV care engagement among LGBT people living with HIV; and, (3) advancing LGBT affirming social work practice from an intersectional approach.

As a co-investigator of the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)-funded Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS) and Impactful Research with Diverse Women Living with and at Risk of HIV in Canada and a member of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Trials Network (CTN) Trans People and HIV Working Group, Lacombe-Duncan works to understand issues of access to and experience of healthcare for trans women living with HIV using a community-based participatory research approach. She has participated in several research projects focused on LGBT health in Canada and abroad. Her methodological expertise includes mixed methods and review methodologies (meta-analysis, meta-ethnography). She is interested in teaching courses in social work theory, social justice and diversity, research methods, and macro social work practice.

Research Interests/Focus

Healthcare access and equity; social determinants of health; intersectional stigma and discrimination; LGBT people; people living with HIV; mixed methods; systematic reviews; community-based participatory research


Year Degree   School
2018 PhD Social Work University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario CANADA
2010 MSW University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario CANADA
2008 BS Health Studies University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario CANADA

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