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Lauren Munro

Lauren Munro

Limited Term Faculty
EducationPhD (c)
Areas of ExpertiseMad studies; Fat studies; 2SLGBTQ+ health and wellbeing; Qualitative research; Arts-based methods; Community-based research

Lauren Munro is an activist-academic, artist, and writer whose personal and professional life is driven by a commitment to social justice. Munro has extensive experience as a community-based researcher and her scholarship to date has involved a wide array of projects focused on the health and well-being of 2SLGBTQ+ communities, body diversity and weight stigma, disability justice in arts-based research, transformative approaches to mental health, sexual health service access for women with psychiatric disabilities, centering service user epistemology in medical education, and issues related to sexual health and HIV vulnerability. In addition to her skills in qualitative research design, Munro has experience with arts-based methods such as photovoice, digital storytelling and digital fictions. As an instructor, Munro is committed to cultivating compassionate classrooms where students, instructors, and teaching assistants are all positioned as vital contributors to the learning environment.

  • DST 500: A History of Madness
  • DST 88: Research Methods
  • DST 99: Applied Community Project/Thesis

Select Chapters:

  • Munro, L. (in press). Coming Home to our bodies: (Re)framing fatness through an exploration of fat vitality. In Fat Studies in Canada.
  • Munro, L., & Travers, R. (2020). LGBTQ issues in community psychology: Shifting terrain and the ongoing struggle for freedom from oppression. In M. Riemer, S. Reich, S. Evans, G. Nelson, & I. Prilleltensky (Eds.), Community psychology: In pursuit of liberation and well-being (3rd ed., pp. 401-414). London: McMillan.
  • Jones, N., Harrison, J., Aguiar, R., & Munro, L. (2014). Transforming research for transformative change in mental health: Towards the future. In G. Nelson, B. Kloos, & J. Ornelas (Eds.), Transformative change in community mental health: Towards liberation and well-being (pp. 351-372). New York: Oxford University Press.

Select Journal Articles:

  • Wilks, C., Ensslin, A., Rice, C., Riley, S., Perram, M., Bailey A., Munro, L., & Fowlie, H. (2022). Developing a Choice-Based Digital Fiction for Body Image Bibliotherapy. Frontiers in Communication, 6.
  • Munro, L., Travers, R., & Woodford, M. (2019). Overlooked and invisible: Understanding microaggressions among LGBTQ adolescents. Journal of Homosexuality, 66(10), 1439-1471.
  • Munro, L. (2017). Everyday indignities: Using the microaggressions framework to understand weight stigma. Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics, 42, 502-509.
  • Munro, L., Marshall, Z., Bauer, G., Hammond, R., Nault, C., & Travers, R. (2017). (Dis)integrated care: Barriers to health care utilization for trans women living with HIV. Journal for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 28(5), 708-722.

In Progress:

  • Munro, L. Body and mind in rebellion: Mad fat femme theorizing from a place of excess. Abstract accepted for inclusion in Madness Anthology.
  • Munro, L. & Wilson, C. Enacting disability justice in arts-based research. Abstract accepted for inclusion in Practicing the Social: Entanglements of Art and Justice.
  • Doctoral Award for Teaching Excellence, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2021