Katie Aubrecht

Katie Aubrecht

Canada Research Chair Tier II Health Equity and Social Justice, Assistant Professor
Room 619
Nicholson Tower


Dr. Katie Aubrecht is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Canada Research Chair Health Equity and Social Justice at St. Francis Xavier (St.F.X.) University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Her research program analyzes marginality and mental health, rurality and resilience across the life span as health equity and social justice issues. This work draws on social theory, intersectional disability studies, aging studies and interpretive, decolonizing and arts-informed qualitative research methods to analyze disability and care education, policy and practice. As Director of the Spatializing Care: Intersectional Disability Studies Research Lab at St.F.X. Aubrecht leads a participatory arts-informed health research infrastructure that supports and enhances meaningful and ethical community engagement and cross-sectoral collaboration to bridge medical, social and cultural approaches to care. 


Additional information can be found on her website: www.katieaubrecht.com


Courses Taught:

  • Selected Topics: Social Policy (SOCI 297)
  • Contemporary Social Theory (SOCI 302)
  • Conceptions of Disability (SOCI 313)
  • Disability and Culture (SOCI 314)



PhD Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto

MA York University

BA Honours St. Francis Xavier University



Contact information

Office: Nicholson Tower, Room 619

Spatializing Care: Intersectional Disability Studies Research Lab: Nicholson Tower, Room 620




Research Interests

4 interrelated streams: 1) DISABILITY AND CARE: intersectional disability studies, aging and disability, dementia, person-centred care, long-term care; 2) MENTAL LIFE: marginality and mental health, university student mental health and illness, university culture; 3) HEALTH STUDIES: health equity, health services and social policy, social determinants of health; 4) SOCIAL JUSTICE THEORIES AND METHODS: critical social theory, community-based research, arts-informed research and pedagogies, postcolonial studies, decolonizing methodologies


Recent publications

Edited Book

Aubrecht, K., Kelly, C., & Rice, C. (Eds.). (2020). Aging-disability nexus. Disability culture and politics series. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press.


Peer-reviewed Special Journal Issues

Chandler, E., Ignagni, E., Rice, C., & Aubrecht, K. (Guest editors). (Accepted). Cripistemological approaches to disability arts and culture. (In-progress, expected publication 2021). Confirmed Special Issue of Studies in Social Justice.

Aubrecht, K., & La Monica, N. (Guest editors). (2019). Survivals, ruptures, resiliences: Perspectives from disability scholarship, art and activism. Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 8(4).

Aubrecht, K., & Krawchenko  T. (Guest editors). (2016). Disability & aging: International perspectives. Special Issue of Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 12(2&3).

Aubrecht, K. (Guest editor). (2013). Translating happiness: Medicine, culture and social progress. Special Issue of Health, Culture & Society, 5(1).


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

O’Neil, K., Aubrecht, K., & Keefe, J. (Accepted March 2020). Dimensions of housing insecurity for older women living with a low income. Journal of Aging and Environment.

Kelly, C., Jamal, A., Aubrecht, K., & Grenier, A. (Accepted December 2019). Emergent issues in directly funded care: Canadian perspectives. Aging and Social Policy.

Keefe, J., Hande, M. J., Aubrecht, K., Daly, T., Cloutier, D., Taylor, D., Hoben, M., Stajduhar, K., Cook, H., Bourgeault, I., MacDonald, L., & Estabrooks, C. (2020). Team-based integrated knowledge translation for enhancing quality of life in long-term care settings: A multi-method, multi-sectorial research design. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 9(4), 138-142. 10.15171/ijhpm.2019.123

Aubrecht, K. & La Monica, N. (2019). Complexities of survival and resilience. The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 8(4), 1-3.

Aubrecht, K. (2019). Nothing but’: University student mental health and the hidden curriculum of academic success. The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 8(4), 271-292.

Blanchette, M. A., Saari, M., Aubrecht, K., Bailey, C., Cheng, I., Embrett, M., Ghandour, E. K., Haw, J., Koval, A., Liu, R., Pohar Manhas, K., Mawani, F., McConnell-Nzunga, J., Petricca, K., Sim, M., Singal, D., Syrowatka, A., & Lai, J. (2019). Making contributions and defining success: An eDelphi study of the inaugural cohort of CIHR Health System Impact fellows, host supervisors and academic supervisors. Healthcare Policy, 15, 49-60. doi:10.12927/hcpol.2019.25980

Sim, M., Lai, J., Aubrecht, K., Cheng, I., Embrett, M., Ghandour, E. K., Saari, M., Highet., Liu, R., Pereira, C. M., Ouedraogo, C. S., & Williams-Roberts, H. (2019). CIHR health system impact fellows: Reflections on ‘driving change’ within the health system. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 8(6), 325-328. doi 10.15171/ijhpm.2018.124.

Aubrecht, K., & La Monica, N. (2017). (Dis)embodied disclosure in higher education: A co-constructed narrative. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 47(3), 1-15.

Aubrecht, K. (2016). Psy-times: the psycho-politics of resilience in university student life. Special issue of Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis: Mad Studies: Intersections with Disability Studies, Social Work, and ‘Mental Health’, 5(2), 186-200.

Aubrecht, K., & Krawchenko, T. (2016). Disability and aging: Research, theory and policy perspectives. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal. 12(2&3), 3-10.

Aubrecht, K., & Keefe, J. (2016). The becoming subject of dementia. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 12(2&3), 137-154.

Aubrecht, K. (2016). Deep impact: introduction - pacific rim forum. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 11(4), 1-4.

Titchkosky, T., & Aubrecht, K. (2015). WHO’S MIND, Whose future?: Mental health policies as colonial logics. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 21(1), 1-16.

Aubrecht, K. (2014 [2012]). Disability studies and the language of mental illness. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 8(2), 31-44.

Aubrecht, K. (2013). Translating happiness. Health, Culture & Society, 5(1), 1-13.

Aubrecht, K. (2012). The ‘new vocabulary’ of resilience and the governance of university ‘student life’. Special Issue of Studies in Social Justice: The Politics of Resilience and Recovery in Mental Health Care, 6(1), 67-83.

Fancey, P., Keefe, J., Stadynk, R., Gardiner, E., & Aubrecht, K. (2012). Understanding and assessing the impact of nursing home approach to care and physical design on residents and their families: A synthesis of the literature. Seniors Housing & Care Journal. 20(1), 99-114.


Book Chapters

Aubrecht, K., & Boafo, A. (2020). Deconstructing dependency and development in global dementia policy. In K. Aubrecht, C. Kelly & C. Rice (Eds.), Aging-disability nexus. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press.

Titchkosky, T., & Aubrecht, K. (2017). One in five: The prevalence problematic in mental illness discourse. In M. Morrow & L.H. Malcoe (Eds.), Critical Inquiries for Social Justice in Mental Health (312-332). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Aubrecht, K., & Keefe, J. (2017). Everybody has different levels of why they are here’: Deconstructing domestication in the nursing home setting. In M. Rembis (Ed.), Disabling Domesticity (215-239), New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Titchkosky, T., & Aubrecht, K. (2016). WHO’S MIND, Whose future?: Mental health policies as colonial logics. In K. Soldatic & S. Grech (Eds.), Disability and (Post)Colonial Identities. New York: Routledge.

Aubrecht, K., & Lay, I. M. (2016). Solidarity in the solitudes of student life: Contemporary women students discuss life and work in the academy. In E. Whitaker (Ed.), Solitudes of the Workplace: Women in Universities (118-135). Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Aubrecht, K. (2014). Re-imagining success: Ordinary orders and university student ‘mental life’. In M. Lynch (Ed.), Reimagining education reform and innovation (55-76). New York: Peter Lang.

Fabris, E., & Aubrecht, K. (2014). Chemical constraint: Experiences of psychiatric coercion, restraint, and detention as carceratory techniques. In A. Carey, C. Chapman & L. Ben-Moshe (Eds.), Disability incarcerated: Imprisonment and disability in North America (185-200). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Aubrecht, K. (2010). Re-reading the Ontario review of the roots of youth violence report: The relevance of fanon for a critical disability studies perspective. In G.S. Dei & M. Simmons (Eds.), Fanon and education: Thinking through pedagogical possibilities (55-78). New York: Peter Lang Press.

Titchkosky, T., & Aubrecht, K. (2010). The anguish of power: Re-mapping mental diversity with an anti-colonial compass. In A. Kempf (Ed.), Breaching the colonial contract: Anti-colonialism in the US and Canada (179-201). Springer Press.

Aubrecht, K. (2009). CTOs: a new order of terror? In M. Vardalos, G.K. Letts, H.M. Teixeira, A. Karzai, & J. Haig (Eds.), Engaging terror: A critical and interdisciplinary approach (321-329). Irving, CA: Brown Walker Press.



Aubrecht, C. M. (2012). Surviving success, reconciling resilience: A critical analysis of the appearance of student ‘mental life’ at one Canadian university. University of Toronto. Retrieved from https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/bitstream/1807/33913/1/Aubrecht_Catherine(Katie)_M_201211_PhD_thesis.pdf