Dr. Cindy Holmes

Dr. Cindy Holmes
Associate Professor
School of Social Work

On study leave

Office: HSD B304


Around the Table Research Project: https://around-the-table.ca/

Professional Information & Research Interests | Education | Publications | Research Projects | Courses Taught

Professional Information & Research Interests

Cindy’s interdisciplinary and collaborative research explores connections between wellbeing, belonging, storytelling and resistance in various communities. Her research and teaching interests include: Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer (2SLGBTQ+) belonging and wellbeing; critical race feminist theories of intersectionality; decolonization; violence; place and identity; food justice; spirituality and social justice; intergenerational storytelling; participatory action research and arts-based research. For over 25 years, Cindy worked in community organizations in the areas of violence intervention, community development, counseling and advocacy, social justice education and research.

Prior to joining UVic in 2017, she completed a MSFHR Postdoctoral Fellowship and CIHR IMPART Postdoctoral Fellowship in the area of gender, violence and mental health in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship on family violence at the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health at the University of Northern British Columbia. Cindy has taught at the University of British Columbia in the School of Social Work, the School of Nursing, the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice in Vancouver BC; and at Simon Fraser University in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in Burnaby BC.

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PhD (Interdisciplinary Studies: Social Work, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Human Geography, Sociology) University of British Columbia, 2013
MA (Sociology and Equity Studies in Education) OISE/University of Toronto, 2000
BA (Religious Studies: Studies in Personality and Religion) University of Waterloo, 1990


Dr. Holmes’ interdisciplinary publications appear in the journals, The International Journal for Equity in Health, The Journal of Family Issues, The International Journal of Transgenderism, The Journal of Lesbian Studies, Gender Place and Culture, ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, Studies in Social Justice, Pain: The Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain, Canadian Family Physician and Canadian Journal of Public Health. Her work also appears in edited book collections including Place, Health and Diversity: Learning from the Canadian Perspective, Race and Racialization, and Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ Lives.

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Current and Recent Research Projects

Around the Table: Exploring the Relationship Between Food, Belonging and Social Justice through Dinner Dialogues. Collaborators: Fionna Chong, Vancouver Community College and Leslie Walker Williams, Richmond Sharing Farm (2020-present)

Celebrating Resistance through Intergenerational Storytelling: Decolonial Participatory Research with Two-Spirit, Trans, Non-binary and Gender Diverse Children, Youth, Seniors and Elders.  Principal Investigator: Cindy Holmes. Partner: Trans Care BC. Collaborators: Jake Pyne, Lorraine Grieves, Quinn Bennett, Kyle Shaughnessy, Chase Willier, Bon Fabian, Fin Gareau, Alyx MacAdams. Funded by a Vancouver Foundation Convene Grant (2018-2022)

Historical Injustices and Current Realities. Team Lead: Helga Thorson. Team Members: Jeff Corntassel, Deborah Curran, Lisa Hall, Rhonda Hackett, Cindy Holmes, Matt James, Nathan Lachowsky, Oliver Schmidtke, Suzanne Snizek, Jordan Stanger-Ross, Christine Sy, Helga Thorson, Elizabeth Vibert. Funded by UVIC Strategic Framework Impact Fund. Team Member (2019-2022)

Socially Marginalized Populations: Adapting Pain BC’s programs and services to meet community needs. Principal Investigator: Kenneth Craig. Co-Investigators: Cindy Holmes, Colleen Varcoe, Bruce Wallace, Mehmoona Moosa-Mitha. Research User Co-Lead: Maria Hudspith, Gregg Moore. Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Engage Grant. Co-Investigator (2018-2020)

EQUIP for Pain: Enhancing the capacity of primary health care providers in BC in the provision of equitable health services for people living in pain in marginalized conditions in BC. Co-Leads: Kenneth Craig, Cindy Holmes, Colleen Varcoe, Bruce Wallace, Mehmoona Moosa-Mitha. Research User Co-Lead: Maria Hudspith, Gregg Moore. Funded by Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Convening and Collaborating Award. Co-Lead (2017-2019)

Transgender Youth in Clinical Care: A Pan-Canadian Cohort Study of Medical, Social and Family Outcomes. Principal Investigator: Greta Bauer (Western); Co-PI: Margaret Lawson (Ottawa); Co-Is: Herbert Bonifacio, Bob Couch, Jen Ducharme, Stephen Feder, Shuvo Ghosh, Loralee Gillis, Cindy Holmes, Carys Massarella, Daniel Metzger, Arati Mokashi, Danièle Pacaud, Annie Pullen Sansfaçon, Jake Pyne, Joe Raiche, Kathy Nixon Speechley, Françoise Susset. Collaborators: Lorraine Gale, Simon Trepel. Funding: CIHR Project Scheme Grant (2016 - 2019)

Transgender Children and Youth in Clinical Care: A Qualitative Investigation of Trans Youth and Family Well-Being, CIHR-funded research team. Principal Investigator: Annie Pullen Sansfaçon (Social Work, UQAM); Co-Is: Greta Bauer, Jenifer Ducharme, Stephen Feder, Shuvo Ghosh, Loralee Gillis, Margaret Lawson, Cindy Holmes, Edward Woo Jin Lee, Jake Pyne, Kathy Speechley, Françoise Susset, Julia Temple Newhook; Collaborators: Lorraine Gale, Kimberley Manning, Simon Trepel, Melissa Vloet. Funding: CIHR Project Scheme Grant (2016 –2019)

The Emergence of the Transgender Child: Parent Politics and Social Change. Principal Investigator: Jennifer Dyer. Co-Investigators: Cindy Holmes, Julia Temple-Newhook, Kimberly Manning, Annie Pulllen Sansfaçon, Jennifer Davis, Sarah R. Pickett. Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant. Co-Investigator (2016-2019)

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Courses Taught at UVic

  • SOCW 312 - Collaborative Conversations
  • SOCW 319 - Research for Social Change
  • SOCW 400 - Social Work in the Health Care Sector
  • SOCW 304 - Social Work Practicum I
  • SOCW 402 - Social Work Practicum II
  • SOCW 516 - Research Methodologies 
  • SOCW 549 – Research Foundations
  • SOCW 547 – Historicizing Social Work
  • SOCW 580 – Decarcerating Care

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