André Grace

André Grace


Educational Psychology

Research Interests:

    • Transdisciplinary studies of comprehensive (sexual, mental, physical, and social) health and health education focused on sexual and gender minorities, especially vulnerable youth

    • Human diversity and inclusive education focusing on sexual orientation and gender identity and their variations and expressions in education and culture
    • Lifelong learning as a critical cultural practice in historical and contemporary contexts across public (K-12), adult, and higher education

    • Queer critical theorizing in educational and cultural analyses


André P. Grace, recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship and an Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Doctoral Scholarship, completed his PhD in Educational Foundations at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Awarded a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, he engaged in studies with eminent educator Dr. Henry A. Giroux at the Waterbury Forum for Education and Cultural Studies, Pennsylvania State University, State College, USA. Complementing his work as Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Dr. Grace is Canada Research Chair in Sexual and Gender Minority Studies (Tier 1, SSHRC) at the University of Alberta and a Faculty Director of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services in the Faculty of Education. In 2015, as principal investigator, Dr. Grace received a SSHRC Insight Research Grant to conduct a five-year research project entitled Synchronizing Research, Policymaking, and Practice to Assist Sexual and Gender Minority Youth to Grow into Resilience. In this research project, he is using mixed methods research to investigate how SGM youth, whose lives are impacted by biopsychosocial, institutional, and other cultural factors, grow into resilience within a process that situates caring professionals as a core asset in achieving this goal. Linking research to advocating for youth, Dr. Grace directs the Comprehensive Health Education Workers (CHEW) Project ( Its core function is to develop and deliver research-informed, age-appropriate, and non-judgmental comprehensive health education for SGM youth, especially gay and other YMSM (young males who have sex with males) and trans-spectrum youth. For further biographical details, go to