Kimberly Acquaviva (she/her)

Betty Norman Norris Endowed Professor


Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW, CSE, FNAP serves as the Betty Norman Norris Endowed Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing as well as a Provost's Office Fellow. Prior to coming to UVA in August 2019, she spent fifteen years as a faculty member at the George Washington University (GW) School of Nursing and the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. During her time at GW she served as both founding faculty and the inaugural Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the School of Nursing.

As a social worker teaching within a school of nursing, her scholarship is interdisciplinary and collaborative. Her scholarly work focuses on LGBTQIA+ aging and end-of-life issues, and her clinical work has been with patients and families facing life-limiting illnesses in both hospital and hospice settings. Her first book, LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice & Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to Transforming Professional Practice, was published in 2017 by Harrington Park Press and distributed by Columbia University Press. The book was awarded first place in the AJN Book of the Year Awards in the Palliative Care and Hospice Category. Her new book, The Handbook of LGBTQIA-Inclusive Hospice & Palliative Care, will be published by Columbia University Press in September 2023 and is available for pre-order.  She's the host of em dash podcast, a show that explores the lived experiences of patients and healthcare professionals in the healthcare arena.

Dr. Acquaviva has a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, an M.S.W. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences. She is an AASECT-Certified Sexuality Educator.