Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ) people
Health, mental health, and academic risk and protective factors among LGBTQ youth
LGBTQ bullying and discrimination
LGBTQ attitudes, civil rights and protections
HIV prevention among LGBTQ people and other vulnerable populations
Biography / Academic Background
After working as a front-line social worker, administrator and consultant in the non-profit, public and private sectors, I completed my PhD in social work at the University Toronto in 2006. I received my BSW in 1993 and my MSW (Social Policy and Administration) in 1997 from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Prior to joining Laurier, I was a faculty member with the School of Social Work, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
My research addresses the social exclusion and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) people. I examine the effects of contemporary heterosexism, including subtle microaggressions (e.g., overhearing the phrase, “that’s so gay”). I also study LGBTQ youth empowerment, heterosexist attitudes, and support for LGBTQ civil rights. Much of my work examines the relationship between institutional climate, socio-ecological risk and protective factors and the health and academic wellbeing of LGBTQ university students. Part of this work involves exploring the influence of intersecting identities on these relationships. I also engage in HIV/AIDS prevention research among men who have sex with men and among other vulnerable groups.
Awards and Achievements
Fellow, Society for Social Work and Research (2016)
Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression Scholarship Award, Council on Social Work Education (2012)
Professor of the Year, Student Union, School of Social Work, University of Michigan (2012)
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I have research assistantship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students interested in heterosexist discrimination, LGBTQ health and wellbeing disparities and resilience. Contact me for more information.
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of LGBTQ health, mental health and academic engagement; sexual prejudice; LGBTQ youth development; and HIV/AIDS prevention among vulnerable groups.
Woodford, Michael R., Alex Kulick, Brandy Sinco, and Jun Sung Hong. “Contemporary heterosexism on campus and psychological distress among LGBQ students: The mediating role of self-acceptance. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. (2014).
Wernick, Laura J., Alex Kulick, and Michael R. Woodford. “How theater within a transformative organizing framework cultivates individual and collective empowerment among LGBTQQ youth.” Journal of Community Psychology. (2014).
Woodford, Michael R. and Alex Kulick. “Academic and social integration on campus among sexual minority students: The impacts of psychological and experienced campus climate.” American Journal of Community Psychology. (2014).
Woodford, Michael R., Yoonsun Han, Shelley Craig, Colin Lim, and Malinda Matney. “Discrimination and mental health among sexual minority college students: The type and form of discrimination does matter.” Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health. (2013).
Woodford, Michael R., Peter A. Newman, Venkatesan Chakrapani, V., Murali Shunmugam, and Lisa Kakinami. “Correlates of HIV testing uptake among kothi-identified men who have sex with men in public sex environments in Chennai, India.” AIDS & Behavior. (2012).
Woodford, Michael R., Jill Chonody, Alex Kulick, David J. Brennan, and Kristen Renn. “The LGBQ microaggressions on campus scale: A scale development and validation study.” Journal of Homosexuality. (2015).