“Caring For Myself Is Not Self-indulgence, It Is Self-preservation, And That Is An Act Of Political Warfare”

-Audre Lorde


Mind, body, spirit: benefits of somatic therapeutic interventions with Black LGBTQ women. Bruce-Miller, V. (2020). Master’s Thesis, Silberman School of Social Work, CUNY Hunter College.

Intersecting oppressions: ethnicity and LGBTQ identity bias. Bruce-Miller, V. (2016). Senior Thesis, CUNY Hunter College.

Peer Reviews

Vanessa is a Web of Science Researcher that has done verified peer reviews for Affilia: Feminist Inquiry in Social Work. Affilia is dedicated to the discussion and development of critical feminist values, theories, and knowledge as they relate to social work and social welfare research, education, and practice. The intent of Affilia is to bring insight and knowledge to the task of eliminating discrimination and oppression, especially with respect to gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, age, and disability.


Nonclinical best practices for creating LGBTQ-inclusive care environments: A scoping review of gray literature. Kimberly D. Hudson, PHD & Vanessa Bruce-Miller, LMSW

Published in the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services Volume 34, Issue 3, 2022


Guidelines for LGBTQ-inclusive care have been developed by a number of expert organizations to mitigate significant barriers to accessing quality physical and mental health care. This scoping review synthesized nonclinical best practices for creating LGBTQ-affirming care environments as described in 12 publicly available resources. Results were organized into seven domains: (1) interpersonal quality; (2) visual cues in the physical environment; (3) facilities and administrative environment; (4) workforce and workplace; (5) trainings; (6) research, assessment, and evaluation; and (7) outreach and engagement. Innovative practices are highlighted, including margin-to-center approaches and engagement in political action. Recommendations for practice and research are discussed.

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