Darren Cosgrove

Darren CosgroveAssistant Professor

McGuffey 101F


Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D, University at Albany, State University of New York
MSW, University at Albany, State University of New York
B.A., Empire State College, State University of New York

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Miami University, College of Education, Health, and Society
Department of Family Science and Social Work
Adjunct Instructor, University at Albany, School of Social Welfare

Honors, Awards & Grants

Honor and Awards
EHS Summer Research Award, Principal Researcher (2021). Funded $2,000.00 Exploring Service Providers’ Attitudes and Willingness to Support Non-Binary Gender-Affirmation.

EHS Research Seed Grant, Principal Research (2020). Funded $2,000.00 Community Belonging: Support and Stigma Among Nonbinary Young Adults.

2019 Lavender Award- Excellence in LGBTQ+ Scholarship. University at Albany

2017 William J. Reid Doctoral Student Dissertation Scholarship Award. University at Albany, School of Social Welfare

Recent Publications

Darren Cosgrove, Felix Simpson, Sophi Dreslinski & Tess Kihm (2022) Photovoice as a transformative methodology for nonbinary young adults, Journal of LGBT Youth, DOI: 10.1080/19361653.2022.2048288

Kinney, M. K., & Cosgrove, D. (2022). “Truly Listen to Us”: Recommendations for Health Professionals to Bolster Wellbeing of Nonbinary Individuals. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(15), 9032. MDPI AG. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19159032

Kramer, C. S., Cosgrove, D., & DeChants, J. (2021). Looking back to look forward: a collaborative autoethnographic study of the effects of neoliberalism on social work practice, education and research, Critical and Radical Social Work (published online ahead of print 2021). https://bristoluniversitypressdigital.com/view/...

Pyles, L., Cosgrove, D. T., Gardner, E., Raheim, S., Adam, G. J., Chakravarty, S., & Cooke, C. (2021). "Could We Just Breathe for 30 Seconds?": Social Worker Experiences of Holistic Engagement Practice Training. Social work, 66(4), 285–296. https://doi.org/10.1093/sw/swab031

Kramer, C., Cosgrove, D., Mountz, S. & Lee, E. (2021). Finding a Place for My Research to Belong: Experiences of early-career social work participatory action researchers in neoliberal academia. Critical and Radical Social Work. (9)2, 269-287. https://doi.org/10.1332/204986020X16031175005938

Cosgrove, D. (2021). “I am allowed to be myself”: A photovoice exploration of non-binary identity development and meaning-making. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services. (33)1, 78-102. https://doi.org/10.1080/10538720.2020.1850385.

Cosgrove, D., Bozlak, C. & Reid, P. (2021). Service Barriers for Gender non-binary Young Adults: Using photovoice to understand support and stigma. Affilia. 36(2), 220–239. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886109920944535.


Darren Cosgrove earned a Ph.D. and MSW from the University at Albany's School of Social Welfare. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Cosgrove spent several years working with LGBTQAI+ youth as a sexuality educator and community organizer. Dr. Cosgrove has also offered clinical services to both older adults in substance use recovery and LGBTQAI+ individuals and families. Currently, Dr. Cosgrove uses arts-based methodologies and participatory action research to work in partnership with transgender and nonbinary communities to explore identity development, affirmation and social stigma. Upon joining Miami, Dr. Cosgrove launched the Queer Social Work Research Lab. The lab offers opportunities for students to work with scholars on research designed to improve social work services to LGBTQI+ people. Currently, the lab is hosting a multi-state photovoice study focused on nonbinary community connectedness, and a national mixed-methods study examining trans and nonbinary affirming mental health services. Dr. Cosgrove’s teaching focuses on social work ethics and service delivery through an anti-oppressive and socially transformative lens.


FSW 304
FSW 613