Assistant Professor of Social Work
Dr. Cosgrove is a professor, researcher and social worker who focuses on queer and gender-affirming care, critical and transformative social work, and arts-based participatory action research. Dr. Cosgrove has spent several years working with LGBTQAI+ youth as a sexuality educator and has offered clinical services to both older adults in substance use recovery and LGBTQAI+ individuals and families. 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. Dr. Cosgrove is also a founding co-director of the multi-institutional Queer Social Work Lab. In the classroom, Dr. Cosgrove teaches social work and sociology courses through an anti-oppressive and socially transformative lens.
PhD, Social Welfare, University at Albany (SUNY), 2020
MSW, University at Albany (SUNY), 2014
BS, Human Services, Empire State College, 2012
Research Interests / Areas of Focus
Transgender and nonbinary identity development, affirmation and social stigma
Anti-transgender policy violence
Queer and transgender experiences in higher education
The advancement of participatory action and arts-based research
Cosgrove, D., Simpson, F., Dreslinski, N. & Kihm, T. (2023). Photovoice as a transformative methodology for nonbinary young adults, Journal of LGBT Youth, 20(2), 282-300, DOI: 10.1080/19361653.2022.2048288
Kinney, M. Killian; Cosgrove, Darren; Swafford, Tayon R.; and Brandon-Friedman, Richard A. (2023) "An Institution Can Have Good Intentions and Still Be Atrocious": Transgender and Gender Expansive Experiences in Social Work Education," The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 50: Iss. 1, Article 6. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15453/0191-5096.4690
Kinney, M.K. & Cosgrove, D. (2022)."Truly Listen to Us": Recommendations for Health Professionals to Bolster Wellbeing of Nonbinary Individuals. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 19(15). https://doi.org/10.3390/
Pyles, L., Cosgrove, D., Adam, G. & Raheim, S. (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.
Cosgrove, D., Colacchio, B., & Levin, D. (2023, Jan). Exploring the Use of Art-Based Collaborative Auto-Ethnography. Society of Social Work Research, Phoenix, AZ. [ Round Table]
Timbers, V.* & Cosgrove, C. (2022, November). Clinical Practice with Trans and Gender Expansive Clients in Rural Settings. Council on Social Work Education, Anaheim, CA. [research presentation]
Kramer, C., Cosgrove, D. & DeChants, J. (2022, Jan). Looking Back to Look Forward: A Collaborative Autoethnographic Study of the Effects of Neoliberalism on Social Work Practice, Education and Research. Society of Social Work Research, Washington, D.C. [poster]
Cosgrove, D. & Kinney, K. (2021, November). Improving services for nonbinary clients: Exploring what it means to be “LGBTQ-affirming." Council on Social Work Education, Orlando FL. [research presentation]
Cosgrove, D. & Kinney, K. (2021, June). Photovoice as a Tool for Nonbinary Identity Exploration, Community Change, and Wellbeing. LGBTQ Research Symposium, University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, Virtual. [paper].
Awards and Honors
Student Recognition of Outstanding Teaching (2020). Miami University
Distinguished Dissertation Award (2020). University at Albany
Lavender Award- Excellence in LGBTQ+ Scholarship (2019). University at Albany