Dr Trevor Gates

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Dr Trevor Gates


Teaching areas

  • Human Behaviour in the Social Environment
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Individual and Group Practice

Research areas

  • lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, and queer issues
  • workplace behaviour, including risk and protective factors
  • stengths-based and empowerment practice
  • outcomes of blended and online education


Dr Trevor Gates joined the School of Social Sciences in June 2017 as Senior Lecturer in Social Work.

Trevor comes to USC from the College at Brockport, State University of New York, where he was an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the Greater Rochester Collaborative MSW program. Trevor earned the PhD in Social Work with an interdisciplinary certificate in gender and women's studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where his research explored stigma-related experiences in the workplace for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people in Chicago.

Trevor completed the MSW at Norfolk State University and the BA at Christopher Newport University in Virginia. Prior to his full-time academic appointments, Trevor was a clinical social worker and substance abuse counsellor with over 12 years of experience in Chicago and Dallas in community-based and hospital settings. His practice speciality is direct practice with historically marginalised communities, particularly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.

As a social work educator and researcher, Trevor has authored publications on LGBT social justice issues, online and blended education, and other issues impacting historically marginalised communities. As a consultant in the United States, he has provided subject matter expertise and developed wholly online courses for a major educational provider. For over ten years, he also provided exam item development for the Association of Social Work Boards, an organisation which maintains the social work licensing examinations in the United States and Canada, which test a social worker's competence to practice ethically and safely.

Trevor's current research focus is on social justice issues with LGBT communities, organisational behaviour, and strengths-based practices. Among his current research projects is the investigation and exploration of the impact of workplace friendships on well-being and empowerment at work.

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Professional memberships

  • National Network for Social Work Managers
  • National Organization for Human Services
  • National Women's Studies Association
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, New York and Illinois
  • Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counsellor, New York

Selected research publications

  • Gates, T. G., Russell, E. B., & Gainsburg, J. (2016). Volunteers work for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer rights: Motivations at a Rochester social justice organization. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services 28(1), 39-53.
  • Gates, T. G., & Saunders, M. C. (2016). Executive orders for human rights: The case of Obama’s LGBT non-discrimination order. Journal of Discrimination and the Law, 16(1), 24-36.
  • Gates, T. G., & Sniatecki, J. L. (2016). Tolerating transphobia in substance abuse counseling: Perceptions of trainees. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership and Governance, 40(5), 469-485.
  • Kelly, B. L., & Gates, T. G. (2016). Strengths-based approaches: An interdisciplinary historical account. In J. Edwards, A. Young, & H. Nikels (Eds.). Handbook of strengths-based clinical practices: Finding common factors (pp 19-32). New York: Routledge.
  • Russell, E. B., Gates, T. G., & Viggiani, P. A. (2016). Sexual health knowledge and training in a child and adolescent mental health setting. Social Work in Mental Health, 14(4), 379-395.
  • Gates, T. G. (2016). When supervisors and managers tolerate heterosexism: Challenges, opportunities, and implications for workplace advocacy. In T. Kollen (Ed.) Sexual orientation and transgender issues in organizations: Global perspectives on LGBT workforce diversity (pp. 481-492). New York, NY: Springer.




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