Katie Aubrecht

Katie Aubrecht

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

Dr. Katie Aubrecht analyzes marginality and mental health, rurality and resilience across the life span as health equity and social justice issues. Her research program involves: 1) defining mental health and resilience in relation to marginalization in rural communities; 2) mapping mental health inequities; 3) analyzing research-policy intersections to understand whether  and how mental health and resilience are supported in rural communities in ways which address marginalization; and 4) co-developing, piloting and evaluating alternative approaches to support mental health in ways which promote equitable social change. The overall purpose of this research is to generate new knowledge to enhance the quality of mental health care, and the self-perceived mental health and wellness, of diverse populations living in rural communities, with a focus on Atlantic Canada.Dr. Aubrecht's work draws on critical social theory, intersectional disability studies, aging studies and interpretive, decolonizing and arts-informed qualitative research methods to analyze care education, policy and practice in community environments and institutionalized sites of care (e.g., universities, mental health facilities, nursing homes). 



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

MA York University

BA Honours St. Francis Xavier University

Contact information

Office: Lane A115

Spatializing Care: Intersectional Disability Studies Research Lab: Lane Hall A111 & A112




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

Special Journal Issues

Aubrecht, Katie and Nancy La Monica (Guest Editors). (Forthcoming, 2019). Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies “Survivals, Ruptures, Resiliences: Perspectives from Disability Scholarship, Art and Activism.”


Aubrecht, Katie and Tamara Krawchenko (Guest Editors). (2016). Special Issue of Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, “Disability & Aging: International Perspectives,” 12(2&3).


Aubrecht, Katie (Guest Editor). (2013). Special Issue of Health, Culture & Society, “Translating Happiness: Medicine, Culture and Social Progress,” 5(1), i-xiii. 


Journal Articles

Aubrecht, Katie. (Accepted, 2018). “‘Nothing But’: University Student Mental Health and the Hidden Curriculum of Academic Success.” The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies.


Aubrecht, Katie and Nancy La Monica. (2017). “(Dis)Embodied Disclosure in Higher Education: A Co-Constructed Narrative,” Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 47(3), 1-15.


Aubrecht, Katie. (2016). “Psy-Times: The Psycho-Politics of Resilience in University Student Life,” in the special issue, Mad Studies: Intersections with Disability Studies, Social Work, and ‘Mental Health’, Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, 5(2), 186-200.


Aubrecht, Katie and Tamara Krawchenko. (2016). “Disability and Aging: Research, Theory and Policy Perspectives.” Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal. 12(2&3), 3-10.


Aubrecht, Katie and Janice Keefe. (2016). “The Becoming Subject of Dementia.” Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal. 12(2&3), 137-154.


Titchkosky, Tanya and Katie Aubrecht. (2015). “WHO’S MIND, Whose Future?: Mental Health Policies as Colonial Logics,” Special Issue: Disability & Colonialism: (Dis)encounters and Anxious Intersectionalities, Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 21(1), 1-16.


Aubrecht, Katie. (2013). “Translating Happiness.” Health, Culture & Society, 5(1), i-xiii.


Aubrecht, Katie. (2012). “Disability Studies and the Language of Mental Illness.” Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 8(2), 31-44.


Aubrecht, Katie. (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, Pamela, Janice Keefe, Robin Stadynk, Emily Gardiner and Katie Aubrecht. (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.



Aubrecht, Katie, Christine Kelly and Carla Rice. (Eds.). (Forthcoming). Aging/Disability Nexus. Disability Culture and Politics Series, Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.


Book Chapters

Aubrecht, Katie and Akwasi Boafo. (Accepted). “Deconstructing Dependency and Development in Global Dementia Policy,” in Katie Aubrecht, Christine Kelly and Carla Rice (Eds.), Aging/Disability Nexus. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.


Titchkosky, Tanya and Katie Aubrecht. (2017). ““One in Five”: The Prevalence Problematic in Mental Illness Discourse,” in Critical Inquiries for Social Justice in Mental Health (pp. 312-332). Marina Morrow and Lorraine Halinka Malcoe (Eds.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.


Aubrecht, Katie and Janice Keefe. (2016). “‘Everybody Has Different Levels of Why They Are Here’: Deconstructing Domestication in the Nursing Home Setting.” In Michael Rembis (Ed.), Disabling Domesticity (pp. 215-239). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


Aubrecht, Katie and Izzy Mackenzie Lay. (2016). “Solidarity in the Solitudes of Student Life: Contemporary Women Students Discuss Life and Work in the Academy,” in Solitudes of the Workplace: Women in Universities, Elvi Whitaker (Ed.). Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 118-135.


Aubrecht, Katie. (2014). “Re-Imagining Success: Ordinary Orders and University Student ‘Mental Life’,” in Reimagining Education Reform and Innovation, Matthew Lynch (Ed.). New York: Peter Lang, 55-76.


Fabris, Erick and Katie Aubrecht. (2014). “Chemical Constraint: Experiences of Psychiatric Coercion, Restraint, and Detention as Carceratory Techniques,” in Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in North America, Allison Carey, Chris Chapman and Liat Ben-Moshe (Eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, 185-200.