Katie Aubrecht

Canada Research Chair Health Equity & Social Justice
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Dr. Katie Aubrecht analyzes marginality and mental health, rurality and resilience across the life span as health equity and social justice issues.

The overall purpose of this research is to generate new knowledge to enhance the quality of mental health care, and the self-perceived mental health and wellness, of diverse populations living in rural communities, with a focus on Atlantic Canada.

Dr. Aubrecht’s work draws on critical social theory, intersectional disability studies, aging studies and interpretive, decolonizing and arts-informed qualitative research methods to analyze care education, policy and practice in community environments and institutionalized sites of care (e.g., universities, mental health facilities, nursing homes).

Research Streams

Disability & Care

Intersectional disability studies, aging and disability, dementia, person-centred care, long-term care.

Mental Life

Marginality and mental health, university student mental health and illness, university culture.

Health Studies

Health equity, health services and social policy, social determinants of health.

Social Justice Theories

Critical social theory, community-based research, arts-informed research and pedagogies.

Recently published

Aubrecht, Katie and Nancy La Monica (Guest Editors). (Forthcoming, 2019). Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies “Survivals, Ruptures, Resiliences: Perspectives from Disability Scholarship, Art and Activism.”

Aubrecht, Katie and Tamara Krawchenko (Guest Editors). (2016). Special Issue of Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, “Disability & Aging: International Perspectives,” 12(2&3).

Honours & Awards

The Alumnae Part-Time Teaching Award: Dr. Katie Aubrecht, Family Studies and Gerontology.

2013-2016 – CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship, $90,000

2007-2010 – SSHRC Joseph Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Scholarship, $105,000

2007-2010 – Isaac Killam Award, Dalhousie University, $75,000 (awarded but did not accept).

Academic Excellence Award, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), $2,000


2019 – Director, Atlantic Intersectional Disability Studies Institute, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Under Development for August 26-28.

2019 – Organizing Committee Member, “THATCamp@X.” St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. April 8.

2019 -Coordinator, Agnes Calliste African Heritage Lecture, Dr. George Dei: “Black Like Me: Reframing Blackness for Decolonial Politics.” Schwartz Auditorium, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. February 28.




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