A Foundation of Strengths. A Vision of Justice. A Mission of Change.

Megan Paceley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Twente Hall
Room 313


Dr. Megan Paceley (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. She is accountable to queer and trans young people through her research on the relationship between youth’s social environments and their health and well-being. Utilizing community-based, qualitative, and mixed methods research, she aims to transform stigmatizing environments, such as families, schools, and communities, that diminish well-being into affirming and supportive environments that promote healthy development and well-being for all queer and trans youth. She specifically aims to better understand and support queer and trans youth in rural communities and strengthen the national network of community-based queer and trans organizations via evaluation, assessment, and collaboration. Dr. Paceley primarily teaches BSW and MSW classes on oppression, social justice, and gender and sexuality. She is a Fellow for the KU Office of Diversity and Equity where she engages with the local community to create and support queer and trans youth programming. She received her PhD and MSW from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ​

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