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About the Author

Since August 1, 2019, Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW, CSE has served as the Betty Norman Norris Endowed Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. Prior to that, she spent fifteen years as a faculty member at the George Washington University (GW) School of Nursing and the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. As a social worker teaching within a school of nursing, her scholarship is interdisciplinary and collaborative. Her scholarly work focuses on LGBTQ aging and end-of-life issues, and her clinical work has been with patients and families facing life-limiting illnesses in both hospital and hospice settings.  Her book, LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice & Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to Transforming Professional Practice, was published by Harrington Park Press and distributed by Columbia University Press. The book was awarded first place in the AJN Book of the Year Awards in the Palliative Care and Hospice Category. She's the host of em dash podcast, a show that explores the lived experiences of patients and healthcare professionals in the healthcare arena. 


Kim has a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, an M.S.W. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice (formerly named the School of Social Work), and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences. She attained certification as a Certified Sexuality Educator through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).

Kim lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her spouse Dylan, their dog Rumi, and their cat Soup. Her son Greyson lives in Boston where he is attending graduate school.  


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