Cindy Holmes

Assistant Professor

School of Social Work, University of Victoria

Cindy Holmes

Assistant Professor

School of Social Work, University of Victoria

Areas of interest

Health equity; participatory research; social and geographical determinants

Biography

Cindy’s interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching grows out of over 25 years of community work and is informed by decolonial and anti-racist feminist, queer and trans theories, and the grassroots social justice and health movements from which these theories emerge.

Her research and teaching interests include:

- Health equity
- Violence, trauma and health
- Feminist theories of intersectionality
- Colonialism and decolonization
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, trans and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2S) wellbeing and health
- Health, place and identity
- Food justice, shared meals, and belonging
- Intergenerational storytelling and methodologies
- Participatory action research: Photovoice and arts-based research
- Discourse analysis
Cindy has worked in community organizations in the areas of anti-violence prevention and intervention, community development, counseling and advocacy, social justice education, participatory evaluation 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.