Dr. Kristie Seelman is an Associate Professor and BSW Program Director in the School of Social Work at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. She teaches courses related to human development, social welfare policy, and community partnerships in the BSW and MSW programs. Dr. Seelman’s research focuses on understanding and addressing health disparities affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) people across the life course, improving health services and education settings for LGBTQ people, and developing LGBTQ-affirming policies. Current projects focus on topics such as healthcare access among transgender men, strategies for resisting transgender stigma in healthcare, and critiques of how gender is framed within social work’s Grand Challenges. She is a past recipient of a loan repayment program contract from the National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities.
Dr. Seelman’s research has been published in the Journal of Social Work Education, the Journal of Homosexuality, The Gerontologist, the Journal of Youth & Adolescence, Children & Youth Services Review, and Transgender Health, among others. Her research has been cited in multiple amici curiae briefs for federal court cases related to transgender students and received media attention from outlets such as The Washington Post, Slate, The Academic Minute (NPR), and Newsweek.
Dr. Seelman’s professional background includes experiences developing educational programs for low-income families, supporting and training young adult volunteers, and conducting outreach and advocacy to address childhood hunger. She has participated in both the AmeriCorps VISTA and the AmeriCorps Bonner Leader programs.
Dr. Seelman received her PhD and MSW from the University of Denver. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Allegheny College (Meadville, PA).