Ashley Lacombe-Duncan, PhD, MSW

Adjunct Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, School of Social Work
Core Faculty, Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities, University of Michigan, School of Nursing

Dr. Ashley Lacombe-Duncan received her MSW (2010) and PhD (2018) from the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. 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 two main areas: (1) understanding barriers to access to care, including HIV care, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people; and, (2) developing/adapting, pilot testing and evaluating interventions to increase HIV care engagement among LGBT people living with HIV.

As a co-investigator of the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)-funded Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS) (PI: Loutfy) and Impactful Research with Diverse Women Living with and at Risk of HIV in Canada (PI: Loutfy) and collaborator of the Trans Women HIV Research Initiative, 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. Her methodological expertise includes mixed methods and review methodologies (meta-analysis, meta-ethnography).

  • Education

    Doctor of Philosophy, Social Work, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work University of Toronto, 2018

    Master of Social Work, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, 2010

    Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health Studies, University of Waterloo, 2008

  • Select Awards
    • Dr. Robert Remis Scholarship in Public Health and Epidemiology, Canadian Association for HIV Research (2015)
  • Publications

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