Ashley Lacombe-Duncan

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Assistant Professor

School or College
University of Michigan
Research Biography

Professor Lacombe-Duncan’s 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 three main areas: (1) understanding barriers to access to care, including HIV care, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people; (2) developing/adapting, pilot testing and evaluating interventions to increase HIV care engagement among LGBT people living with HIV; and, (3) advancing LGBT affirming social work practice from an intersectional approach.

As a co-investigator of the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)-funded Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS) and Impactful Research with Diverse Women Living with and at Risk of HIV in Canada and a member of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Trials Network (CTN) Trans People and HIV Working Group, 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. She has participated in several research projects focused on LGBT health in Canada and abroad. Her methodological expertise includes mixed methods and review methodologies (meta-analysis, meta-ethnography).


PhD, Social Work, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, 2018
MSW, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, 2010
BS, Health Studies, University of Waterloo, 2008