Assistant Professor, Social Development Studies

Meg GibsonEducation

Ph.D., University of Toronto – Social Work, Collaborative degree in Women & Gender Studies

M.S.W., University of Toronto - Social Work

B.A., Harvard University – History & Science


Research interests

LGBTQ communities and sexuality studies; Disability studies; Parenting and families; Critical social work practice; Feminist research methods; History and philosophy of healthcare and social services.


Book collection

Gibson, M. F. (Ed.). (2014). Queering motherhood: narrative and theoretical perspectives. Toronto: Demeter Press.

Journal articles

Gibson, M. F. (Forthcoming). ‘Parent advocacy’ as an ideological code: LGBTQ parents engage with disability services. Journal of Progressive Human Services.

Gibson, M. F. & Douglas, P. (Forthcoming). Disturbing behaviors: Ole Ivar Lovaas and the queer history of autism science. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience.

Ross, L. E., Gibson, M. F., Steele, L., Williams, C. W., & Daley, A. (2018). In spite of the system: a mixed methods analysis of the mental health service experiences of LGBTQ people living in poverty in Ontario, Canada. PLOS ONE.

Gibson, M. F. (2018). Subtle neglect and yuckiness: queerness, disability, and contagion in mothers’ narratives. Feminist Formations, 30(1): 117-140. DOI: 10.1353/ff.2018.0006. Special issue on Queer/Crip Contagions, Eds. K. Fritsch & A. McGuire.

Gibson, M. F. (2018). Predator, pet lesbian, or just the nanny? LGBTQ parents of children with disabilities describe categorization. Journal of Homosexuality, 65(7): 860-883. DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1364565.

Williams, C. W., Curling, D., Steele, L. S., Gibson, M. F., Daley, A., Green, D. C., Ross, L. E. (2017). Depression and discrimination in the lives of women, transgender and gender liminal people in Ontario, Canada. Health & Social Care in the Community 25(3), 1139-1150. DOI: 10.1111/hsc.12414.

Steele, L.S., Curling, D., Gibson, M., Green, D., Williams, C., & Ross, L.E. (2016). LGBT Identity, untreated depression and unmet need for mental health services by sexual minority women and trans-identified people in Ontario. Journal of Women’s Health. DOI 10.1089/jwh.2015.5677.

Gibson, M. F. (2016). ‘This is real now because it’s a piece of paper’: Texts, disability and LGBTQ parents. Disability & Society 31(5): 641-658. DOI 10.1080/09687599.2016.1197822.

Flanders, C. E., Gibson, M.F., Goldberg, A. E., & Ross, L. E. (2016). Postpartum depression among visible and invisible sexual minority women: a pilot study. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 19(2), 299-305. DOI 10.1007/s00737-015-0566-4.

Gibson, M. F. (2015). Intersecting deviance: social work, difference, and the legacy of eugenics. British Journal of Social Work, 45, 313-330. DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bct131.

Saini, M., Stoddart, K.P., Gibson, M., Morris, R., Barrett, D., Muskat, B., Nicholas, D., Rampton, G., & Zwaigenbaum, L. (2015). Couple relationships among parents of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: Findings from a scoping review of the literature. Research in Autism Disorders, 17, 142-157.

Gibson, M. F. (2014). Adopting difference: thinking through adoption by gay men in Ontario, Canada. Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 39(2), 407-432.

Logie, C. & Gibson, M. F. (2013). A mark that is no mark? Queer women and violence in HIV discourse. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 15(1), 29-43.

Fang, L., Bogo, M., Mishna, F., Murphy, L. J., Gibson, M. F., Griffiths, V. J. & Regehr, G. (2012). Development and initial evaluation of the Cyber-Counseling Objective Structured Clinical Examination (COSCE). Research on Social Work Practice 23.

Gibson, M. F. (2012). Opening up: therapist self-disclosure in theory, research, and practice. Clinical Social Work Journal, 40(3), 287-296.

Gibson, M. F. (2012). Stressing reproduction: reading into parents of disabled children. Disability Studies Quarterly, 32(1).

Gibson, M. F. (2010). Building research, building justice: epistemology, social work, and lesbian parents. Canadian Social Work Review, 27(2), 239-258.

Gibson, M. F. (1998). The masculine degenerate: American doctors’ portrayals of the lesbian intellect, 1880-1949. Journal of Women’s History, v. 9 (4), 78-103.

Book chapters

Pilling, M., Daley, A., Gibson, M. F., Ross, L. E., & Zaheer, J. (2018). Assessing insight: determining agency and autonomy. In Kiltay, J.M. & Dej, E. (Eds.), Containing madness: gender and ‘psy’ in institutional contexts, 191-213. Palgrave Macmillan.

Gibson, M. F. (2014). Introduction: Queering motherhood in narrative, theory, and the everyday. In M. F. Gibson (Ed.), Queering motherhood:  narrative and theoretical perspectives, 1-23. Toronto: Demeter Press.

Gibson, M. F. (2014). Upsetting expertise: disability, mothering, and queer resistance. In M. F. Gibson (Ed.), Queering motherhood: narrative and theoretical perspectives, 203-218. Toronto: Demeter Press.

Kinsman, G. and Gibson, M. F. (2014). Towards a collective and materialist approach to queer parenthood: a conversation with Gary Kinsman. In M. F. Gibson (Ed.), Queering motherhood: narrative and theoretical perspectives, 245-263. Toronto: Demeter Press.

Gibson, M.F. (2014). Queer mothering and the question of normalcy. In A. O'Reilly (Ed.), Mothers, mothering and motherhood across cultural differences: A reader, 347-366. Toronto: Demeter Press.

Mishna, F., Underwood, M., Milne, C., & Gibson, M. (2012). Ethical issues related to cyber bullying research. In S. Bauman (Ed.), Principles of cyber bullying research: expert perspectives. New York: Routledge.

Gibson, M. F. (1997). Clitoral corruption: Body metaphors and American doctors’ constructions of female homosexuality, 1870-1900. In V. Rosario (Ed.), Science and homosexualities, 108-132. New York: Routledge.

Courses taught at Renison

SOCWK 301R Understanding Diversity in Canada

SOCWK 321R Social Work with Families

University of Waterloo