Faculty & Staff

Brent Oliver, PhD, RSW

Academic title: Associate Professor

Office: T388
Email: boliver@mtroyal.ca
Phone: 403.440.6443

PhD, University of Calgary
MSW, Carleton University
BSW, Ryerson University


Brent Oliver collaborates with people living with HIV, community service providers, and researchers in leading a community-based research program in Alberta focused on HIV/AIDS, GLBTQ+ health, HIV prevention, and community-based interventions. Dr. Oliver serves as the Academic Lead for the Alberta Community Based Research Collaborative and is a member of the leadership team for the CIHR Centre for REACH. He has worked with community and academic collaborators across Canada on a wide variety of qualitative and mixed methods research projects. He has experience designing and implementing qualitative and mixed methods research projects, collecting research data with a variety of populations, conducting qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and completing knowledge translation activities for a variety of community and academic audiences. Dr. Oliver has taught in the Social Work Program for a decade and has taught community development, leadership, practicum and communication skills.

Areas of instruction

  • Community Development
  • Leadership
  • Practicum
  • Communication Skills

Areas of scholarship

  • LGBTQ+ Health
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Selected Publications

Oliver, B., Van Tassel, B., Carter, R. (2019). Creating a culture of respect: Utilizing transformative learning theory in developing gender and sexual diversity curriculum for students in the helping professions in Kumar, R & Refaei, B. (eds) Designing Student-Centered Classrooms for Equity and Inclusion across Disciplines. Cincinnati: University of Cincinnati Press."

Oliver, B., Chalmers, D., & Goitom, M. (2018). Reflexivity in the field: Applying lessons learned from a collaborative scholarship of teaching and learning study exploring the use of reflexive photography in field education. In J. Friberg & K. McKinney (eds) Conducting and Applying the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Beyond the Individual Classroom Level. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

El Hussein, M., Kennedy, A., Oliver, B. (2017). Grounded theory and the conundrum of literature review: Framework for novice researchers. The Qualitative Report Vol. 22(4).

Landy, R., Cameron, C., Au, A., Cameron, D., O'Brien, K., Robrigado, K., Baxter, L., Cockburn, L., O'Hearn, S., Oliver, B., Nixon, S. (2016). Educational strategies to enhance reflexivity among clinicians and health professional students: A scoping study. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research.

Worthington, C., O' Brien, K., Zack, E., McKee, E., Oliver, B. (2012). Enhancing labour force participation for people living with HIV: A multi-perspective summary of the research evidence. AIDS and Behaviour (Vol. 16(1) pp. 231 - 243).

Selected Presentations

Pearl, C., Oliver, B., (2019, May) World’s greatest challenges- interdisciplinary learning & knowledge exchange. Paper presented at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2019 - Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, Vancouver, British Columbia

Oliver, B., Carey, M. (2019, April) Being a leader and the effective exercise of leadership in social work contexts: an ontological/phenomenological model. Paper presented at the Alberta College of Social Workers 2019 Annual Conference, Calgary, Alberta

Oliver, B., Pearl, C. (2019, November) A culture for learning: building interdisciplinary understanding and collaboration among business and social work students. Paper presented at the Mount Royal University Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Banff, Alberta

Oliver, B. Hansen, B., Visser, F., Bergen, S., (2017, November). Advancing a Provincial Research Agenda on HIV Prevention for MSM in Alberta. Paper presented at The Gay Men’s Health Summit 2017, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Oliver, B., Van Tassel, B., Ferguson, M., O’Brien, K., (2017, October) Creating a culture of respect: Delivering gender and sexual diversity curriculum to students in the helping professions. Paper presented at The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, Calgary, Alberta.

Relevant Community Service

  • Center for Sexuality. Role: Board Member; 2019 – 2020.
  • Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisory Group. Alberta Health Services (Calgary Zone). Role: Member; 2015 – 2018.
  • The CIHR Centre for Reach 2.0 Leadership Team. Role: Academic Lead; Alberta. 2011 – 2020