M. Killian Kinney

M. Killian Kinney
Wayne State University | WSU · School of Social Work

PhD, MSW, LSW

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Introduction
My work exemplifies a reciprocal relationship between social work pedagogy and community-driven research to improve marginalized individuals' lives. In my teaching, I prepare emergent social workers to practice alongside communities, reduce inequities, and promote wellbeing and social justice. Since 2014, I have practiced in transgender social services and health care, designed and facilitated therapeutic groups for nonbinary folx, and provides LGBTQ-affirming training and consultation.
Education
June 2015 - December 2019
August 2013 - June 2015
August 2000 - December 2003
Purdue University
Field of study
  • Psychology with Women's Studies minor

Publications

Publications (50)
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The gender binary can be understood as the pervasive idea that there are two dichotomously existing genders and that a person’s gender is biologically determined and will remain the same over time. Knowledge produced through empirical research and the lived experiences of individuals and communities has proven the gender binary to be a false constr...
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Traditionally, gender has been viewed through an essentialist lens with fixed biology-based traits or polarized gender norms between women and men. As awareness of gender diversity grows, increasingly more people identify as nonbinary – or not exclusively a man or woman. Despite a growing literature on the experiences of binary transgender individu...
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We sought to explore the type and function of support networks of transmasculine and nonbinary young adults (TNBYA) during their chosen name transition. We conducted 12 in-depth, semi-structured qualitative interviews (2018) to understand who was providing support and how that support was given among Midwestern United States TNBYA who had transitio...
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While considerable knowledge exists about blatant gender discrimination and violence targeting women, less is known about gender microaggressions. To understand gender microaggressions’ frequency, prevalence, and effects, researchers need robust quantitative measures. To advance gender microaggressions scholarship and support researchers’ efforts t...
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Introduction Transgender and nonbinary individuals experience high levels of health disparities and are more likely to experience denials of health care than their cisgender (nontransgender) counterparts. There is a lack of evidence on how healthcare denials vary by gender identity and other intersecting identity characteristics in the transgender...
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The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (inclusive of nonbinary), and queer (collectively, LGBTQ) community is experiencing health inequities at alarming rates. From behavioral health issues, to violence issues, to increased rates of homelessness, structural stigma impacts LGBTQ communities at a disproportionate rate. Suicide numbers are particular...
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In 2010, the It Gets Better (IGB) project website was launched to house videos containing messages of support for youth who identify as sexual and/or gender minorities (SGMs). Despite success as a virtual social movement, scholars have suggested that the imagery portrayed may unintentionally exclude those who are most marginalized and that the vide...
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Transgender and nonbinary (TNB) adults face a multitude of challenges when attempting to access general health care. Issues include fear of discrimination and encounters with providers who are not familiar with treating the needs of this population. These challenges may result in the delay or denial of medically necessary care. This study explores...
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When the Office of Disease Prevention and Health promotion ("ODPHP") released its Healthy People 2020 goals and objectives, it recognized the public health needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ("LGBT") community for the first time. The stated goal of Healthy People 2020 is to "improve the health, safety, and well-being of [LGBT] ind...
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Social work educators can address the Grand Challenge of “harnessing technology for social good” and prepare students for information and communication technology (ICT)-mediated practice. This project considered student technology uncertainty in an introduction to e-Social Work (e-SW) practice course. e-SW practice includes advocacy, research, and...
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Using data from the 2010 National Transgender Discrimination Survey, authors examined differences in likelihood of being a parent across a number of factors and described parenting experiences of those who were assigned a male sex at birth (AMAB) and who currently identify on the transfeminine spectrum (AMAB-transfeminine). Authors found that those...
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Although the field of social work is grounded in social justice, the social work educational experience, including classrooms, may not live up to this value, especially for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. Using a qualitative phenomenological approach, this study examined the experiences of harmful discourse in socia...
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Purpose: The current study explores the use of chosen names in identity development among nonbinary young adults (NBYA). Little is known about the process of transitioning to chosen names, however, it has been shown to reduce suicidality and increase well-being among NBYA. This study describes how NBYA select and integrate identity with their chose...
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Purpose: Chosen name use can enhance the psychological well-being among transgender and nonbinary young adults (TNBYA). However, little is known about how support networks may enhance or inhibit the well-being of TNBYA while transitioning to a chosen name. The current study describes support networks of TNBYA and how those support networks function...
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This activity is designed to help youth visualize their social environment in order to assist them with managing the disclosure of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity to others. Through this exercise, youth and therapists will be able to identify individuals within youths’ environments to whom the youth would like to come out and to who...
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This activity is designed to open a dialogue with clients about their gender identities. By exploring the ways in which they visualize their bodies and express their gender, clients will increase awareness of how their gender is enacted in their lives. This activity will also help clinicians understand how their clients conceptualize their gender.
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Background and Purpose: Dating violence is a prevalent concern of adolescent women’s romantic relationships. Power equity in relationships related to decision-making has the potential to buffer against experiences of dating violence among adolescent women, however, this has only been examined in cisgender heterosexual adolescent women’s relationshi...
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Findings of this study highlight the successes and challenges of a peer mentoring program in social work education. While peer interaction and professional networking are valuable components of programming, participants would benefit from guidance with time management and increased mentor leadership development, thereby cultivating healthy social a...
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PURPOSE While gender diversity is emerging in mainstream media, much of health care competency training and policies lag in the development of affirming practice. The objectives of the study were to explore gender identity development among non-binary individuals and identify resilience related to gender identity. Navigating health care was discuss...
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Background and Purpose: Non-binary people – those who identify as not exclusively male or female – are an emerging gender minority that are underrepresented in the literature. The simultaneous invisibility of non-binary identities along with hostility against those who do not conform to binary norms places non-binary people at risk for feeling isol...
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Despite a need for effective collaboration between competent practitioners to create comprehensive policy that is informed by multiple professions, minimal literature exists on inter professional education focused on the macro arena. In response to the identified need, an interprofessional education course was developed to provide social work, law,...
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In 2010, the It Gets Better (IGB) project website was launched to house videos containing messages of support for youth who identify as sexual and/or gender minorities (SGMs). Despite success as a virtual social movement, scholars have suggested the imagery portrayed may unintentionally exclude those who are most marginalized and that the videos of...
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Non-binary people – those who identify as not exclusively male or female – are an emerging gender minority that is underrepresented in the literature. The simultaneous invisibility of non-binary identities along with hostility against those who do not conform to binary norms places non-binary people at risk for feeling isolated, unsupported, and co...
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The purpose of this study was to assess whether students engaged in a peer mentoring program increased in academic and social integration. Using availability sampling, 55 social work students participated in a 12-week peer mentoring program, of which, 16 students completed the full mixed-methods study. Participants varied in age (M = 32.31, SD = 11...
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Overview Using a methodology derived from the field of visual sociology, this study examined how It Gets Better video producers depicted their emotions. Confidence, defiance, empathy, and sadness were displayed the most. Findings suggest individuals exhibit more complex visual signals than would be expected from videos designed to express support....
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Qualitative evaluation of an interprofessional education course piloted in Spring 2015
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In response to disproportionately high rates of pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and engagement in sexual risk behaviors, a qualitative pilot study of eight former foster youth was conducted. Semi-structured interviews explored relationships with caregivers, opportunities for sexual health information, and comfort making decisions with c...
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Analysis of educational achievement as predicted by services received (health education, academic support, mentoring, employment and vocational, special education, and post-secondary educational support) using multinomial logistic regression.
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A pilot peer mentoring program was evaluated for academic support and social support. Analysis included pre- post-test surveys and weekly reports, including open ended questions. The findings from the pilot were applied to the next iteration of the peer mentoring program the following semester.
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Using Visual Sociology, a content analysis was conducted to evaluate the visual representation of ”It Gets Better” videos producers with comparison to previous critiques.
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The Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic (IU-SOC) is an interprofessional student-led free clinic established in 2009. The IU-SOC serves a diverse client population of under or uninsured persons typically located within the surrounding neighborhoods to the clinic. Indiana University School of Social Work (IUSSW) became an IU-SOC partner in 20...
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In 2009, Indiana University medical students, Dr. Javier Sevilla, and pastor Jim Strietelmeier created the Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic (IU-SOC), a student-led free clinic located on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis in the Neighborhood Fellowship Church. Since its creation, the clinic has added partners providing medical, pharmaceuti...

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I am designing a program evaluation of a social work study abroad class and seeking an Emotional Intelligence scale to use with undergraduate and graduate students who will be engaging in community practice in a post-war country.  Regrettably, I do not have funding for the paid scales but I want to use a validated scale that is thorough yet concise to retain students' attention.
Thank you!
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I will be evaluating a new peer mentoring program for undergraduate and graduate students. I am seeking an instrument to measure perceived academic support for the pre- and post-test. Thank you!

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This project is the collection of articles emerging out of my dissertation. The following manuscript topics are planned: - Participant Researchers' Conceptualization of Wellbeing - Promotive and Corrosive Factors of Wellbeing - Personal and professional Recommendations for Promoting Wellbeing - Virtual PV Methods - Nonbinary Identities, Expression, and Meaning - Nonbinary Gender Dysphoria, Negative Internalization, and Gender Euphoria - Nonbinary Parenting and intentional childless lifestyle - Nonbinary Sexuality and Partnerships
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We are collecting survey data from 200 mental health service providers located in 6 cities across the United States. All participants advertise their services as "LGBTQ affirming." A subsample of participants will be recruited to participate in semi-structured interviews. Through our mixed-method data collection and analysis we will examine providers’ attitudes and beliefs about nonbinary people, and their readiness to engage in professional activities that facilitate access to gender-affirming medical care. Additionally, we will examine providers’ experiences and attitudes regarding their professional positioning as gatekeepers to gender-affirming services.
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In an effort to promote nonbinary wellness and community connectedness, this project utilizes a virtual adaptation of photovoice to engage 30 nonbinary young adults across 6 states as participant co-researchers. Joined by a team of community facilitators and university participatory action researchers, this project will be used to explore key health and community related issues identified by the group. By collecting pre and post-photovoice data, the team will also evaluate photovoice as an intervention aimed at promoting nonbinary peer connectedness, and increased gender affirmation.