Main Research Areas:
Gerontology; technology and aging; Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer plus (2SLGBTQ+) aging; global 2SLGBTQ+ health; health equity; community-based research; virtual community building and social connectivity; health promotion.
Robert Beringer (he/him) has an Inter-disciplinary Doctorate in Social Sciences from Royal Roads University. He is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. Prior to his current post he was a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Health Systems Impact Postdoctoral Fellow where he employed a community-based participatory action research methodology and evaluated lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and Two-Spirit (LGBTQI2S) engagement and satisfaction with Hospice and Palliative Care in the Island Health Region in British Columbia. He is also a member of the iCAN-ACP Diversity Access Team that is researching challenges related to participating in advance care planning (ACP) among members of the LGBT community and some ethnic groups. Past projects include work on the LGBT End-of-Life Conversations Project (A project funded by a Catalyst Grant from TVN-NCE: Improving Care for the Frail Elderly) where he created content and oversaw the development of the project website. Additionally, as a doctoral student he was awarded the CIHR, Institute of Gender and Health: Knowledge Translation & Design Jam Award competition and used these funds to create The LGBTQI2S Dignity Project.
In this project, he developed a website (lgbtqi2sdignityproject.ca)
and funded the development of a resource entitled “A workbook to support your journey to becoming an ally for LGBTQ2+ Seniors.” As part of this project, he also acted as Executive Producer in the development of three short films designed to depict the challenges faced by LGBTQI2S older adults as they enter assisted living facilities.
Lintott, L., Beringer, R
., Do, A., & Daudt, H. (In Press) A Rapid review of end-of-life needs in the LGBT community and recommendations for clinicians. Palliative Medicine.
Gutman G, & de Vries B. (2021). Exploring and Promoting Advance Care Planning among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) older adults living in non-metropolitan British Columbia. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
Gutman G, & de Vries B. (2017). Developing a web-based platform to foster end-of-life planning among older LGBT adults. Gerontechnology