Ashley Lacombe-Duncan



Research Interests: healthcare access and equity, social determinants of health, stigma and discrimination, resilience and empowerment, particularly for LGBTQ people living with HIV

Year of study: 5

Ashley Lacombe-Duncan is a fifth year PhD candidate in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Ashley has worked in community and hospital-based settings with women living with HIV who were experiencing homelessness, mental health and substance use issues and who experienced intersecting HIV-related stigma, sexism, racism, classism, and transphobia.  Her major research interests include health equity, with a particular focus on healthcare access for women who experience multiple forms of intersecting oppressions.  As a co-investigator of the CIHR-funded Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS) and a student member of the CHIWOS team, Ashley works to understand issues of access to and experience of HIV-related healthcare for trans women. She has participated in several research projects focused on LGBTQ health in Canada and continues to support a CIHR-funded project exploring social and systemic drivers of HIV and STI vulnerability among LGBTQ youth in Jamaica. Ashley has previously enjoyed being a TA in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Social Justice and Diversity stream and is currently a course instructor for SWK 4107H: Foundations of Social Work: Knowledge, Theory and Values that Inform Practice.


Selected Publications:

Lacombe-Duncan, A., Chuang, D-M. (2017). A social ecological approach to understanding life satisfaction among socio-economically disadvantaged people living with HIV/AIDS in Taiwan: Implications for social work practice. The British Journal of Social Work, e-pub ahead of print.

Lacombe-Duncan, A., Logie, C.H.  (2016). Correlates of clinical breast examination among lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and other women who have sex with women. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 107(4-5), e467-e472.

Lacombe-Duncan, A. (2016). An intersectional perspective on access to HIV-related healthcare for transgender women. Transgender Health, 1, 1, doi 10.1089/trgh.2016.0018.

Logie, C.H., Kenny, K.S., Lacombe-Duncan, A., Newman, P.A., Jones, N., Levermore, K.,Neil, A., Ellis, T. Marshall, A. (2016). Social ecological and health factors associated with HIV infection among men who have sex with men in Jamaica. International Journal of STD and AIDS. [e-pub ahead of print]

Logie, C.H., Lacombe-Duncan, A., Wagner, A., Poteat, T. Syndemics mediate the relationship between sexual stigma and depression among sexual minority women. Women’s Health Issues. [e-pub ahead of print]

Kronfli, N.*, Lacombe-Duncan, A.*, Wang, Y., de Pokomandy, A., Kaida, A., Logie, C., Conway, T., Kennedy, V.L., Burchell, A., Tharao, W., Pick, N., Kestler, M., Sereda, P., & Loutfy, M. (2017). Access and engagement in HIV care among a national cohort of women living with HIV in Canada. AIDS Care. 29(10), 1235-1242.

Logie, C.H., Lacombe-Duncan, A., Wang, Y., Kaida, A., Pokomandy, A., Webster, K., Conway, T., Dubuc, D. & Loutfy, M.R. Sexual orientation differences in clinical, psychosocial and structural outcomes among women with HIV in Canada: Findings from a national cohort study. AIDS and Behavior. [e-pub ahead of print]

Logie, C.H., Wang, Y., Lacombe-Duncan, A., Jones, N., Ahmed, U., Levermore, K., Bryan, N., Harker, S., Marshall, A., Newman, P.A. Factors associated with sex work involvement among transgender women in Jamaica: Results from a cross-sectional tablet based survey. JIAS: Journal of the International AIDS Society. 20(1), doi: doi:10.7448/ias.20.1.21422

Logie, C.H., Lacombe-Duncan, A., Brien, N., Jones, N., Lee Foon, N., Levermore, K., Newman, P. Barriers and motivations for HIV testing among young men who have sex with men and transgender women in Kingston, Jamaica: A qualitative study. JIAS: Journal of the International AIDS Society. 20(1). doi:10.7448/ias.20.1.21385

Logie, C.H., Lacombe-Duncan, A., Jones, N., Levermore, K. (2016). Conceptualizing  social work education for empowerment practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in Jamaica. Social Work Education. 36(4), 456-465.

Logie, C.H., Lacombe-Duncan, A., MacKenzie, R.K., Poteat, T. (2016). Minority stress and safer sex practices among women who have sex with women.  LGBT Health. 3(6), 407-415.

Logie, C.H., Lacombe-Duncan, A., Wang, Y., Jones, N., Levermore, K., O’Neill, A., Ellis, T., Bryan, N., Harker, S., Marshall, A., Newman, P. (2016). Prevalence and correlates of HIV infection and HIV testing among transgender women in Jamaica. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 30(9), 416-424.

Logie, C.H., Lacombe-Duncan, A., Lee-Foon, N., Ryan, S., Ramsay, H. (2016). “It’s for us –Newcomers, LGBTQ persons, and HIV-positive persons.  You feel free to be”: Exploring social support group participation among African and Caribbean lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender newcomers and refugees in Toronto, Canada. BMC Health and Human Rights, 16, 18. DOI 10.1186/s12914-016-0092-0