Dr. Lance T. McCready is an associate professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and director of the Transitional Year Programme at University of Toronto. Dr. McCready’s cross disciplinary research program focuses on the education, health, and welfare of Black families, youth and adults, and has three strands of inquiry: 1) educational trajectories, transitions and access; 2) dispute resolution, mediation and restorative justice; 3) health literacy and wellness of gay, bisexual, transgender, men who have sex with men (gbtMSM).
Dr. McCready specializes in qualitative methodologies using community-based participatory approaches that emerge from collaborations with K-12 schools, universities, social service agencies, community health centres and queer youth programs. He is the author of Making Space for Diverse Masculinities, published by Peter Lang, and principal investigator of the African, Caribbean, Black Family Group Conferencing (ACB-FGC) Project and Black Youth Leaving Care study. In addition, he is co-investigator on the Black CAP GetaKit Home HIV Testing study and International Partnership for Queer Youth Resilience (INQYR), while serving as a mentor for the Investigaytors community health leadership program and Steering Committee member for Black Gay Men’s Network Toronto.
Dr. McCready holds a B.A. in psychology (minor in educational studies) and an M.A. and Ph.D. in social and cultural studies in education (designated emphasis in women, gender and sexuality studies) from UC Berkeley. He is the 2017 recipient of the Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize and 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Research Scholar Award from the Ontario Education Research Symposium.
During the period of his Sproul Fellowship, Dr. McCready will focus on completing an academic book proposal on the educational trajectories of Canadian Black queer youth, as well as article-length manuscripts broadly related to the health and welfare of Black youth, gbtMSM and families in Canada.