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).
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
- Dr. Robert Remis Scholarship in Public Health and Epidemiology, Canadian Association for HIV Research (2015)