Thompson Rivers University

Wendy Hulko

Name: Dr. Wendy Hulko
Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 377-6130


Being healthy and active while working towards a more equitable/socially just world

Research Interests

Aging and older adults, culturally safe practice and care, Cuba as an aging society, dementia and dementia care, equity, diversity and inclusion in sites and sectors of health and social care, intersectionality and interlocking
oppressions, queer studies, service users' views, social determinants of health

Current research grants:
Aging in place in rural and remote regions (APR3): A multi case study of health care repositioning, W Hulko (PI), N. Mirza, K. Rush, S. de Leeuw, L. Seeley, K. Plamondon, D. Hemingway, $40,000, Interior University Research Coalition (IURC) Rural, Regional and Remote Communities (RC3) Collaborative Research Grant, 2020-2021.

Aging, culture, dementia, complexity (ACDC): Developing an education program for health care professionals, W Hulko (PI), N. Mirza (co-I), $5000, TRU Internal Research Fund, 2020-2021.


PhD, Sociology and Social Policy, University of Stirling, 2005
MSW, University of Toronto, 1998
BA Hon, Sociology and Spanish, Trent University, 1994


Recent/select publications

Hulko, W., Mirza, N., & Seeley, L. (2020, January 22). Older adults views on the repositioning of primary and community care. Canadian Journal on Aging, On-line first, 1-13.

Hulko, W., Stern, L., Brotman, S., & Ferrer, I. (2020). Gerontological social work in action: Anti-oppressive practice with older adults, their families, and communities. Abingdon, UK: Routledge Press.

Hulko, W., Mirza N., & Seeley, L. (2019, Mar 6). ROAR: Researching older adults repositioning [Video file]. Retrieved from

Hulko, W., Wilson, D., & Balestrery, J. (Eds). (2019). Indigenous peoples and dementia: New understandings of memory loss and memory care. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.

Purves B., & Hulko, W. (2019). Adapting CIRCA-BC in the post residential school era. In Hulko, W., Wilson, D., & Balestrery, J. (Eds.), Indigenous peoples and dementia: New understandings of memory loss and memory care (pp. 196-214). Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.

Hulko, W. (2018). Being queer in the small city. In Walmsley, C. & Kading, T. (Eds.), Small cities, big issues: Reconceiving community in a neoliberal era (pp. 105-124). Edmonton, AB: Athabasca University Press.

Hulko, W., Brotman, S. & Ferrer, I. (2017). Counter storytelling: Anti-oppressive social work with older adults. In Baines, D. (Ed.), Doing anti-oppressive practice: Social justice social work (3rd ed.) (pp. 193-211). Halifax, NS: Fernwood Publishing.

Hulko, W., & Hovanes, J. (2017). Intersectionality in the lives of LGBTQ youth: Identifying as LGBTQ and finding community in small cities and rural towns. Journal of Homosexuality. Prepublished May 16, 2017, DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1320169

Hulko, W. (2016). LGBT individuals and dementia: An intersectional approach. In Westwood, S., & Price, L. (Eds.), Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* individuals living with dementia: Concepts, practice, rights. Abingdon: Routledge.

Small, J., Chan, S-M, Drance, E., Globerman, J., Hulko, W., O'Connor, D., Perry, J-A., Stern, L., & Ho, L. (2015). Verbal and nonverbal indicators of quality of communication between care staff and residents in ethnoculturally and linguistically diverse long-term care settings. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 30(3), 285-304. DOI: 10.1007/s10823-015-9269-6.

Hulko, W. (2015). Operationalizing intersectionality in feminist social work research: Reflections and techniques from research with equity-seeking groups. In Wahab, S., Anderson-Nathe, B., & Gringeri, C. (Eds.), Feminisms in social work research: Promise and possibilities for justice-based knowledge (pp.69-89). London: Routledge Press.

Purves, B., Phinney, A., Hulko, W., Puurveen, G., & Astell, A. (2014, June 13). Developing CIRCA-BC and exploring the role of the computer as a third participant in conversation. American Journal of Alzheimer Disease & Other Dementias, On-line first, 1-7. DOI: 10.1177/1533317514539031.

Harvey, K. with Hulko,W. (2013). A good day with grandma (kye7e) & me. Produced for Stories of our Past: A dementia knowledge translation project between First Nations Elders and children. Kamloops, BC: Thompson Rivers University. Available at:

Hulko, W., Camille, E., Antifeau, E., Arnouse, M., Bachynksi, N., & Taylor, D. (2010). Views of First Nation Elders on memory loss and memory care in later life. Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology, 25, 317-342. Online first, June 30. DOI: 10.1007/s10823-010-9123-9.

Hulko, W. (2009). The time and context contingent nature of intersectionality and interlocking oppressions. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 24(1), 44-55. DOI: 10.1177/0886109908326814.

Employment History

2010 to present Associate Professor, Social Work, TRU
2004 to 2010 Assistant Professor, Social Work, TRU
2001 to 2004 Teaching Assistant, Department of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling, Scotland
2000 to 2001 Policy Advisor, Ontario Seniors'Secretariat, Toronto, ON
1998 to 2000 Social Worker, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON
1998 to 1999 Research Assistant, Collaborative Research Program Long Term Care, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Toronto, ON
1994 to 1996 Nursing Assistant, Juan de Fuca Hospital Society, Rest Haven Lodge, Central Park Lodge, Victoria, BC

Courses Taught

SOCW 4650 Older People, Aging & Society
SOCW 4300 Sexual Orientation & Gender Expression
SOCW 3010 Introduction to Social Work Research
SOCW 3300 International Field Studies (Mexico; Cuba)
SOCW 3060 Theory & Ideology of Social Work
SOCW 3040/4020 Social Work Field Practice
SOCW 4900 Directed Studies
RESL 4000 Research Learning
EDUC 5040 Diversity: Constructing Social Realities

Professional Affiliations

Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy, SFU
Centre for Research on Personhood in Dementia, UBC
Canadian Association for Social Work Education
International Indigenous Dementia Research Network


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