Margaret F. (Meg) Gibson

Associate Professor, Social Development Studies and Social Work


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 and teaching interests

2SLGBTQ communities and sexuality studies; Disability studies; Parenting and families; Critical social work practice; Feminist research methods; History and philosophy of healthcare and social services; Critical autism and neurodiversity studies.

See more (including current projects) at this website.

Courses Taught in SDS

SOCWK 301R Understanding Diversity in Canada

SOCWK 321R Social Work with Families

SDS 310R Disability and Society

SDS 410R Queer and Trans Studies (previously SDS 450R)


School of Social Work

(courses taught include SWREN 424R: Diversity and Empowerment and SWK 606R: Advanced Social Work Research)


Selected journal articles

livingstone, b., Gibson, M. F., Douglas, P., Leo, S., and Gruson-Wood, J. (Forthcoming). Weighing in: academic writers on neurodiversity. International Journal of Disability and Social Justice.

Williams, C. W., Gibson, M. F., Mooney, E. S., Forbes, J. R., Curling, D., green, d. c., Ross, L. (Forthcoming). A structural analysis of gender-based violence against sexual minority women and trans people. Affilia: Feminist Inquiry in Social Work.

Gruson-Wood, J., Reid, K., Rice, C., Haines, J., Chapman, G., Gibson, M. (2022). The game of queer family life: exploring 2SLGBTQI+ parents’ experiences of cisheteronormativity, racism, and colonialism through digital storytelling in Ontario, Canada. The Journal of Homosexuality. DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2022.2132581

Shields, R., Easton, S., Gruson-Wood, J., Gibson, M. F., Douglas, P., and Rice, C. (2022). Storytelling methods on the move. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Special issue on Critical Autism Studies: Methodological Incursions, Eds. R. Roscigno & A. Broderick. DOI: 10.1080/09518398.2022.2061625.

Gibson, M. F. (2021). The helpful brain? Translations of neuroscience into social work. The British Journal of Social Work, 51(7), pp. 2665-2679. 

Douglas, P, Rice, C., Runswick-Cole, K., Easton, A., Gibson, M. F., Gruson-Wood, J., Klar, E., & Shields, R. (2019). Re-storying autism: a body becoming disability studies in education approach. International Journal of Inclusive Education. DOI:10.1080/13603116.2018.1563835

Gibson, M. F. & Douglas, P. (2018). Disturbing behaviors: Ole Ivar Lovaas and the queer history of autism science. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, 4(2), 1-28.

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 13(8): DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201437

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.

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). ‘Parent advocacy’ as an ideological code: LGBTQ parents engage with disability services. Journal of Progressive Human Services, 30(1), 46-68. DOI:10.1080/10428232.2018.1543996.

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.

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.

Steele, L.S., Daley, A., 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, 26(2), 116-127. DOI 10.1089/jwh.2015.5677.

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.

Selected books and chapters

Gibson, M. F. & Gruson-Wood, J. (2022). 2SLGBTIQ+ families in Canada. In Albanese, P. (Ed.), Canadian Families Today, 5th Edition, pp. 46-69. Don Mills, Canada: Oxford University Press. 

Gibson, M. F. (2021). Forming the chart: texts, actions, and differences. In Daley, A. & Pilling, M., eds. Interrogating psychiatric narratives of madness: documented lives, pp. 165-172. Palgrave Macmillan.  

Gibson, M. F., Daley, A., & Pilling, M. (2021). Concluding thoughts. In Daley, A. and Pilling, M. (Eds.), Interrogating Psychiatric Narratives of Distress: Documented Lives, pp. 165-172. Palgrave MacMillan.

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, 191-214. Palgrave Macmillan.

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