Dr. Maurice Gattis

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Maurice N. Gattis is an assistant professor at the Kent School of Social Work and has engaged in research activities regarding health disparities, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) populations, homelessness, and adolescent risk behaviors in the United States and Canada.  His primary work focuses on the role of contextual factors (e.g. family, peers, school, stigma, and discrimination) on negative psychosocial outcomes (e.g. mental health, substance use).  He has done studies that involve primary data collection regarding GLBT youth experiencing homelessness in Louisville, KY, Toronto, Ontario and Milwaukee, Wisconsin and transgender youth in Wisconsin.  Currently he is a part of a research teams working to determine the prevalence of human trafficking among youth experiencing homelessness in Kentucky and Indiana, assessing GLBT adolescent health in Louisville, and assessing the strengths and needs of the house ball scene in Louisville.

Dr. Gattis has published approximately 18 peer reviewed articles and his research has been funded by Fulbright, the National Institutes of Health, JustFundKY, the Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research at University of Louisville, the Wisconsin Partnership Program and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School.  His research has also been featured in media including Slate, Louisville Courier-Journal, Lexington Herald-Leader, Insider Louisville, Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin State Journal, La Crosse Tribune, Milwaukee Magazine, The Academic Minute, WORT-FM, and Our Lives.  He is currently writing a book about a study he conducted regarding transgender youths experiences in schools that is under contract with Columbia University Press.

Dr. Gattis has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Emory University, a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from Washington University.  At the Kent School, he teaches courses in the BSW and Ph.D. programs including Introduction to Social Work, Introduction to Social Work Research, Ethics, Social Work and Society, and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues and Social Welfare.