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Bill Ryan, Adjunct Professor

Bill RyanWith a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Theology, a Master's degree in Adult Education and a Master's degree in Social Work, Bill Ryan is a social worker and adult educator who has been involved in sexual education and prevention related work since 1985 when he founded the first support group for Persons with HIV in the Atlantic Provinces. From there he moved to Montreal to direct support services at Comité sida aide Montreal. Since then he has worked locally, provincially, nationally and internationally on issues related to sex education, prevention, care and policy development. He has worked with or been a consultant to the Québec Ministry of Health and Social Services, Health Canada, the International Federation of Social Workers, UN AIDS, Christian Children's Fund (in Geneva, Kiev (Ukraine), Minsk (Belarus)), UNICEF and to the Canadian AIDS Society. In 2004, he became a consultant to the Ministry of Education, Research and Youth of the Government of Romania, aiding in the implementation of sexual education in the school curriculum there.

He is the founder of Project 10, one of Canada's largest outreach programs to gay, lesbian, bisexual and two-spirit youth. He developed and managed a Health Canada funded national outreach project to glbt-s youth in several provinces across Canada, called Safe Spaces, where he is tested nationally the model he developed at Project 10 in Montreal.

A founding member of the McGill AIDS Centre, he has been a member of the National Advisory Committee on AIDS of the federal government, and has been involved in the development of numerous policy, program and training documents. He was chair of the International Symposium on Social Work and HIV, which took place in July 2000.

He teaches the only course at McGill on counseling issues related to homosexuality and bisexuality: Critical Issues in Social Work with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Two-Spirit Populations.

He has trained on sexual orientation and homophobia issues in schools, health establishments and government across North America and Europe.

He has written numerous articles, chapters and edited books on HIV prevention, care, homophobia and sexuality education. He is co-principal investigator on the first Canadian team to examine homophobia and health.

Bill was awarded the Martin Luther Junior King Jr. prize for 2010 by the City of Montréal and the US Consul-General, and in 2011 was recognized as Person of the Year by the Conseil québecois LGBT.  Also, in 2011, he was recognized as one of the 'Top Ten Researchers in Gender and Health' by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.  In 2012, the Conseil québecois LGBT named a student scholarship in his honour. 

Research

Areas of interest

  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual youth
  • Gay, lesbian aging
  • Access to health care
  • HIV prevention
  • Sexual health
  • Homophobia

Publications

Journal Publications:

Houzeau, M., Ryan, B.  (2011) Translating legal reality to school reality in Canada in Groenberg, M. & Funke, C. (eds) Combatting Homophobia :  Experiences and analysis pertinent to education, Lit Verlag, pp. 39-51.

Kim Engler, Jean Dumas, Martin Blais, Joseph J. Lévy, Christine Thoër, Bill Ryan, Alain Léobon, Barry Adam, Kristopher Wells, Blye Fran k (2012) Comparing Psychological, Social, and Sexuality-Related Problems Reported by Bisexual and Gay Men: A Canadian Internet-Based Study IN Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, Volume 30, Number 2 / 2011, 99 – 112.

Dumas, J., Lévy, J, Ryan, B., Thoer, C. (2011) Internet et santé des minorités sexuelles: enjeux théoriques et empiriques  in Lévy, J.J., Thoër, C. et Dumas, J. (dir.) (2011). Les usages d’internet et la santé des minorités sexuelles au Canada, Presses de l’Université du Québec.

Lévy, J.,  Dumas, J., Ryan, B., Thoer, C. (2011) Santé et interventions auprès  des minorités sexuelles sur les sites d’Internet Canadiens in Lévy, J.J., Thoër, C. et Dumas, J. (dir.) (2011). Les usages d’internet et la santé des minorités sexuelles au Canada, Presses de l’Université du Québec.

Woodford, M., Newman, P., Brotman, S., Ryan, B. (2010). Recognizing same-sex relationships : Contemporary reflections and developments. Special Issue of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services 22(1,2).

Jullien, D., Ryan, B. (2009)  Familles  homoparentales, in Parent et al Visages multiples de la parentalité, Presses de l’Université du Québec. 

Ryan, B., Brotman, S. & Baradaran, A. (2007) The Color of Queer Health Care: Experiences of Multiple Oppression in the Lives of Queer People of Color In Canada In S. Brotman, J. Josy Levy & Chatrand, E. (eds.)  Homosexualités :  variations linguistiques et culturelles. Québec: Presses de l'Université du Québec, Coll. Santé et Société.

Brotman, S. & Ryan, B. (2007) La sante des personnes b-spirituel(le)s au Canada. In S. Brotman, J. Josy Levy, & E. Chartrand. (eds.)  Homosexualités :  Variations linguistiques et culturelles. Québec: Presses de l'Université du Québec, Coll. Santé et Société.

Brotman, S., Ryan, B. Collins, S., Chamberland, L., Cormier, R., Julien, D.,  Meyer, E., Peterkin, A., Richard, B.  (2007). Coming Out to Care?: Caregivers of Gay and Lesbian Seniors in Canada. The Gerontologist 47(4), 490-503.

Newman, P., Woodford, M., Brotman, S. & Ryan, B. (2007) Legal Recognition of Same Sex marriage in Canada: A Professional Social Work Mandate. Canadian Social Work Review.

Brotman, S., Ryan, B., Woodruffe, A., S., Chamberland, L., Cormier, R., Julien, D.,  Meyer, E., Peterkin, A.  (2007) Advancing the Queer Health Agenda Through University-Community Partnerships: The Case of Gay and Lesbian Aging Research in Canada. Qualitative Health Research.

Brotman, S., Ryan, B. Collins, S., Chamberland, L., Cormier, R., Julien, D.,  Meyer, E., Peterkin, A., Richard, B.  (2007). Coming Out to Care?: Caregivers of Gay and Lesbian Seniors in Canada. The Gerontologist 47(4), 490-503.

Ryan, B.  & Julien, D.  (2007)  Les couples de même sexe et la parentalité in  L’Adoption  L’état des lieux, St-André, M et M. Carignan (eds), Prisme (46), 214-236.

Brotman, S. & Ryan, B. (2004) An Intersectional Approach to Queer Health Policy and Practice: Two-Spirit People in Canada. Canadian Diversity 3(1), 59-64.

Brotman, S., Ryan, B. Cormier, R. (2003). The Health and Social Service Needs of Gay and Lesbian Elders and Their Families in Canada. The Gerontologist  43(2), 192-202.

Chervin, M., Brotman, S., Ryan, B. & Mullin, H.  (2004). Transforming Schools of Social Work into Spaces of Social Action: A Critical Exploration of Project Interaction, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Two-Spirit Initiative of McGill University’s School of Social Work. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health 22(2), 69-84.

Ryan, B., Brotman, S. & Malowaniec, L. (2002). Outcomes of the National Meeting of Canadian Researchers in the Field of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Two-Spirit People’s Health-Conclusions de la Réunion Nationale des Chercheurs Canadiens dans le Domaine de la Santé des Personnes Gaies, Lesbiennes, Bisexuelles et Bispirtuelles. Canadian Social Work 4(1), 43-54-Travail Social Canadien 4(1), 47-59.

Brotman, S., Ryan, B.., Jalbert, Y. & Rowe, B. (2002). The Impact of Coming Out on Health and Health Care Access: The Experiences of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Two-Spirit People. Journal of Health and Social Policy, Volume 15, Number 1,  pp. 1-29.

Brotman, S., Ryan, B.., Jalbert, Y. & Rowe, B. (2002). Reclaiming Space-Regaining Health: Health Care Access and Two-Spirit People in Canada. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services   Volume 14, Number 1, pp. 67-87.

Brotman, S., Ryan, B., & Cormier, R. (2002). Mental Health Issues of Particular Groups: Gay and Lesbian Seniors. Writings in Gerontology: Mental Health and Aging, Volume 2. Ottawa, ON: National Advisory Council on Aging.

Brotman, S.,Cormier, R. & Ryan, B. (2001). The Marginalization of Gay and Lesbian Seniors in Eldercare Services. Vital Aging 7(3), 2.

Leblanc, M-A. Miranova, I. And Ryan, B.. (2001) Sharing Lessons Learned From The Development Of Non-Governmental HIV/AIDS Networks In Belarus And Canada: A Community-Based Response To HIV/AIDS, Social Work, Volume 3, number 1.

Ryan, B.. (2000) La Honte D’être Vis À Vie: La Revue de l’Association Québecoise De Suicidologie, Vol. 10, No 2. pp. 9-11.

REPORTS AND DOCUMENTS

Tamara Sussman, Molly Churchill, Shari Brotman, Line Chamberland, Andrea Daley, Jean Dumas, Judith MacDonnell, Heather MacIntosh, Bill Ryan, Mickael Chacha Enriquez, Diane Heffernan, Alexandra Henriques, & Sarah Singh Ryan, B. (2011) Best Practices of mental health promotion directed toward gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans (GLBT) youth, Prepared for the Mental Health Promotion Unit, Public Health Agency of Canada.

Brotman, S., Ryan, B.  (2008)   Emerging Issues in Health and Social Service Care for Gay and Lesbian Elders, Health Canada.

Ryan, B.  (2003)  A New Look at Homophobia and Heterosexism in Canada, Canadian AIDS Society.
Un Nouveau Regard sur l’Homophobie et l’Hétérosexisme au Canada, Société canadienne du sida.

Otis, J.,  Ryan, B., Chouinard, N., Fournia, K.  (2002)  Effets du Projet 10 sur le mieux-etre sexuel de jeunes gais, lesbiennes, bisexuelles et bisexuals.   Rapport de recherche subventionnée par la Régie régionale de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal Centre.

Ryan, B., Brotman, S. & Rowe, B. (2001). Access to Care ll: Exploring the Health and Well-Being of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual People From Ethno-Cultural Communities in Canada. McGill Centre for Applied Family Studies, Montreal, QC. ISBN 07717-0591-3

Brotman, S., Cormier, R. & Ryan, B.. (2001). The Marginalization of Gay and Lesbian Seniors in Eldercare Services. Vital Aging 7(4) (in press).

Brotman, S. , Ryan, B. & Rowe, B. (2001). Equity in Health Service Delivery to Gay and Lesbian Patients in the Context of Family Medicine. McGill School of Social Work. Montreal, QC. ISBN 07717-0588-3 (english) 07717-0589-1 (french)
Ryan, B.. & Brotman, S. (2001). Outcomes of the National Meeting of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Two-Spirit Health Researchers in Canada. McGill School of Social Work. Montreal, QC.

Brotman, S. & Ryan, B. (2000). Critical Issues in Practice With Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Two-Spirit People and Communities. McGill School of Social Work. Montreal, QC. ISBN 077170590-5.

Ryan, B., Brotman, S. & Rowe, B. (2000). Access to Care: Exploring the Health and Well-Being of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Two-Spirit People in Canada. Executive Summary. McGill Centre for Applied Family Studies, Montreal, QC. ISBN 07717-0586-7 (english) 07717-0587-5 (french)

Ryan, B. & Chervin, M. (2001)  Valuing Gay Men’s Lives:  Reinvigorating HIV Prevention In The Context Of Our Health And Wellness, A Strategy Document Written For Health Canada. 
La valorization des vies des homes gais:  Donner un second souffle à la prévention du vih
Document de reflection redigé pour Santé Canada.

Ryan, B. & Chervin, M.  (2001) Framing Gay Men’s Health In A Population Health Discourse:  A Discussion Paper, A Discussion Paper Written For Health Canada. 
Mise en situation de la santé des homes gais dans la trame de la santé des populations:  Un document de travail préparé pour Santé Canada.

Macdonald, T., Ryan, B.., Blair, S., Bowmer, I., Bognar, C., Mills, B.  (2000)  National HIV/AIDS Environmental Treatment Scan,  A Report Published For HIV/AIDS Division, Health Canada.

Ryan, B., Brotman, S. & Rowe, B. (2000). Access to Care: Exploring The Health And Well-Being Of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual And Two-Spirit People In Canada. Executive Summary. Mcgill Centre For Applied Family Studies, Montreal, Qc. Isbn 07717-0586-7 (english) 07717-0587-5 (french)

Refereed Journal Publications

Kim Engler, Jean Dumas, Martin Blais, Joseph J. Lévy, Christine Thoër, Bill Ryan, Alain Léobon, Barry Adam, Kristopher Wells, Blye Fran k (2012) Comparing Psychological, Social, and Sexuality-Related Problems Reported by Bisexual and Gay Men: A Canadian Internet-Based Study IN Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, Volume 30, Number 2 / 2011, 99 – 112.

Dumas, J., Lévy, J, Ryan, B., Thoer, C. (2011) Internet et santé des minorités sexuelles: enjeux théoriques et empiriques  in Lévy, J.J., Thoër, C. et Dumas, J. (dir.) (2011). Les usages d’internet et la santé des minorités sexuelles au Canada, Presses de l’Université du Québec.

Lévy, J.,  Dumas, J., Ryan, B., Thoer, C. (2011) Santé et interventions auprès  des minorités sexuelles sur les sites d’Internet Canadiens in Lévy, J.J., Thoër, C. et Dumas, J. (dir.) (2011). Les usages d’internet et la santé des minorités sexuelles au Canada, Presses de l’Université du Québec.

Woodford, M., Newman, P., Brotman, S., Ryan, B. (2010). Recognizing same-sex relationships : Contemporary reflections and developments. Special Issue of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services 22(1,2).

Jullien, D., Ryan, B. (2009)  Familles  homoparentales, in Parent et al Visages multiples de la parentalité, Presses de l’Université du Québec. 

Ryan, B., Brotman, S. & Baradaran, A. (2007) The Color of Queer Health Care: Experiences of Multiple Oppression in the Lives of Queer People of Color In Canada In S. Brotman, J. Josy Levy & Chatrand, E. (eds.)  Homosexualités :  variations linguistiques et culturelles. Québec: Presses de l'Université du Québec, Coll. Santé et Société.

 Brotman, S. & Ryan, B. (2007) La sante des personnes b-spirituel(le)s au Canada. In S. Brotman, J. Josy Levy, & E. Chartrand. (eds.)  Homosexualités :  Variations linguistiques et culturelles. Québec: Presses de l'Université du Québec, Coll. Santé et Société.

 Brotman, S., Ryan, B. Collins, S., Chamberland, L., Cormier, R., Julien, D.,  Meyer, E., Peterkin, A., Richard, B.  (2007). Coming Out to Care?: Caregivers of Gay and Lesbian Seniors in Canada. The Gerontologist 47(4), 490-503.

Newman, P., Woodford, M., Brotman, S. & Ryan, B. (2007) Legal Recognition of Same Sex marriage in Canada: A Professional Social Work Mandate. Canadian Social Work Review.

Brotman, S., Ryan, B., Woodruffe, A., S., Chamberland, L., Cormier, R., Julien, D.,  Meyer, E., Peterkin, A.  (2007) Advancing the Queer Health Agenda Through University-Community Partnerships: The Case of Gay and Lesbian Aging Research in Canada. Qualitative Health Research.

Brotman, S., Ryan, B. Collins, S., Chamberland, L., Cormier, R., Julien, D.,  Meyer, E., Peterkin, A., Richard, B.  (2007). Coming Out to Care?: Caregivers of Gay and Lesbian Seniors in Canada. The Gerontologist 47(4), 490-503.

Ryan, B.  & Julien, D.  (2007)  Les couples de même sexe et la parentalité in  L’Adoption  L’état des lieux, St-André, M et M. Carignan (eds), Prisme (46), 214-236.

Brotman, S. & Ryan, B. (2004) An Intersectional Approach to Queer Health Policy and Practice: Two-Spirit People in Canada. Canadian Diversity 3(1), 59-64.

Brotman, S., Ryan, B. Cormier, R. (2003). The Health and Social Service Needs of Gay and Lesbian Elders and Their Families in Canada. The Gerontologist  43(2), 192-202.

 Chervin, M., Brotman, S., Ryan, B. & Mullin, H.  (2004). Transforming Schools of Social Work into Spaces of Social Action: A Critical Exploration of Project Interaction, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Two-Spirit Initiative of McGill University’s School of Social Work. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health 22(2), 69-84.

Ryan, B., Brotman, S. & Malowaniec, L. (2002). Outcomes of the National Meeting of Canadian Researchers in the Field of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Two-Spirit People’s Health-Conclusions de la Réunion Nationale des Chercheurs Canadiens dans le Domaine de la Santé des Personnes Gaies, Lesbiennes, Bisexuelles et Bispirtuelles. Canadian Social Work 4(1), 43-54-Travail Social Canadien 4(1), 47-59.

Brotman, S., Ryan, B.., Jalbert, Y. & Rowe, B. (2002). The Impact of Coming Out on Health and Health Care Access: The Experiences of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Two-Spirit People. Journal of Health and Social Policy, Volume 15, Number 1,  pp. 1-29.

Brotman, S., Ryan, B.., Jalbert, Y. & Rowe, B. (2002). Reclaiming Space-Regaining Health: Health Care Access and Two-Spirit People in Canada. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services   Volume 14, Number 1, pp. 67-87.

Brotman, S., Ryan, B., & Cormier, R. (2002). Mental Health Issues of Particular Groups: Gay and Lesbian Seniors. Writings in Gerontology: Mental Health and Aging, Volume 2. Ottawa, ON: National Advisory Council on Aging.

Brotman, S.,Cormier, R. & Ryan, B. (2001). The Marginalization of Gay and Lesbian Seniors in Eldercare Services. Vital Aging 7(3), 2.

Leblanc, M-A. Miranova, I. And Ryan, B.. (2001) Sharing Lessons Learned From The Development Of Non-Governmental HIV/AIDS Networks In Belarus And Canada: A Community-Based Response To HIV/AIDS, Social Work, Volume 3, number 1.

Ryan, B.. (2000) La Honte D’être Vis À Vie: La Revue de l’Association Québecoise De Suicidologie, Vol. 10, No 2. pp. 9-11.

 

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