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Merrick Pilling

Merrick Pilling

Dr. Merrick Pilling is an interdisciplinary scholar trained in Women’s and Gender Studies, Social Justice and Equity Studies, Conflict Resolution Studies, and Social and Behavioural Health Sciences. His research focuses on two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (2SLGBTQ+) madness and disability, participatory methods, and education in healthcare systems to improve the service experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ people who have experienced violence and trauma. His work employs an intersectional, anti-racist lens that emphasizes the importance of lived experience, relevance to the communities being researched, and making changes to the systems that create marginalization.

Merrick has also developed and delivered social justice-based curriculum for adult learners with direct service backgrounds in healthcare on the following topics: intersectional, anti-oppressive approaches to delivering mental health services, trauma-informed care, 2SLGBTQ+ competence, and trans and non-binary identities.

Teaching Philosophy

Merrick aims to create an equitable, power-sharing environment where instructors and students learn from one another. He believes it is important to make complex theoretical concepts understandable through connections to everyday life and experience. In classes, Merrick pays special attention to building a sense of community and connection.

Classes Regularly Taught

WGST/SACR 2100:  Gender, Sexuality & Social Justice

WGST 2200:  Women, Race & Social Justice

WGST 2990:  Feminist Critical Disabilities & Madness

Opportunities for Students to Work with Dr. Pilling

Undergraduate Students:

Students may have the opportunity to work as a Teaching Assistant for some of Dr. Pilling's courses.

Abbreviated CV

Postdoctoral Fellow, Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Ph.D. Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies, York University

Doctoral Research Trainee, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

MA Social Justice and Equity Studies, Brock University

BAH Conflict Resolution Studies; Women’s Studies, University of Winnipeg

Recent Publications:

Pilling, M. (2019). Changing Directions or Staying the Course? Gender, Sexuality, and Recovery in Canada’s Mental Health Strategy. In A. Daley, L. Costa, & P. Beresford (Eds.), Madness, Violence, and Power: A Critical Collection. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 97-114.

Pilling, M., Daley, A., Gibson M.F., Ross, L.E., & Zaheer, J. (2018). Assessing ‘Insight’, Determining Agency and Autonomy: Implicating Social Identities. In J. Kilty & E. Dej (Eds.), Containing Madness: Gender and ‘Psy’ in Institutional Contexts. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 191-214..

Pilling, M., Howison, M., Bellamy, C., Davidson, L., Frederick, T., Ross, L., McKenzie, K., & Kidd, S. (2017). Fragmented Inclusion: Community Participation and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer People with Diagnoses of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 87(5), 606-613.

Pilling, M. (2013). Invisible Identity in the Workplace: Intersectional Madness and Processes of Disclosure at Work.  Disability Studies Quarterly, 33(1).

Books in progress:

Pilling, M. Queer and Trans Madness: Struggles for Social Justice. (Palgrave MacMillan)

Daley, A., & Pilling, M. Documented Lives: Psychiatric Narratives of Madness. (Palgrave MacMillan)