Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW, CSE, FNAP, is the Betty Norman Norris Endowed Professor at UVA School of Nursing as well as a faculty fellow for provost Ian Baucom. Before arriving at UVA in 2019, she spent 15 years at the George Washington University's School of Nursing and School of Medicine and Health Sciences, serving as the inaugural associate dean for faculty affairs in the nursing school and a member of GW’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers. She won the Bender Teaching Award in 2011.

Early in her career, Kim—a social worker and scholar—cared for patients and families facing life-limiting illness in hospitals and hospice settings, work that ultimately shaped her research interests in LGBTQIA-inclusive hospice, palliative care, and end-of-life issues. Kim is also well-versed in other healthcare domains, too, including high-tech approaches to boosting clinicians’ emergency preparedness and helping educators understand and properly use AI in higher education. At GW, she was part of the National Nurse Emergency Preparedness Initiative, which earned $2 million from the Department of Homeland Security and developed an online course that more than 50,000 nurses completed.

During her career in nursing education, Kim has taught population health, evidence-based practice, grant writing, health policy, and research project proposal courses. She guest lectures on a broad range of topics, from academic dishonesty to AI to how to take a patient's sexual history. At UVA, Kim teaches health policy to both undergraduate and graduate students and co-leads the School's year-long Distinguished Majors Program course for 4th year students who conduct original research.

A Fulbright Scholar and an often-tapped thought leader and scholar, Kim published the LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to Transforming Professional Practice in 2017, which earned the American Journal of Nursing’s Book of the Year Award in the Palliative Care and Hospice category.  Eighteen months after its publication, Kim learned that her wife, Kathy, had ovarian cancer and the couple spent the next six months sharing their experiences on social media to help people understand what it's like "to be living while dying."  Shortly after Kathy's death in 2019, the New Yorker released a documentary film, "Documenting Death," about the couple and their son, Greyson.

Kim's second book, The Handbook of LGBTQIA-Inclusive Hospice & Palliative Care, published by Columbia University Press in 2023, weaves personal insights and stories from her caregiving experience alongside practical, evidence-based guidance for hospice and palliative care professionals.

Kim earned a PhD in human sexuality education from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, and a BA in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences. She is an AASECT-Certified Sexuality Educator and Licensed Master Social Worker in addition to being a Fellow in the National Academies of Practice.

Honors and Awards

  • Finalist, Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award, LGBT Non-Fiction category (2018)
  • First Place, 2017 AJN Book of the Year Award, Palliative Care and Hospice category (2018)
  • LGBT Health Professional Leadership Award, Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians (2017)
  • President's Volunteer Service Award (Gold), Corporation for National and Community Service and President Donald Trump (2017)
  • Academy of Distinguished Teachers, George Washington University (2014)
  • Bender Award for Outstanding Teaching, George Washington University (2011)
  • Fulbright Specialist Awardee / Fulbright Scholar, Khon Kaen University, Thailand (2009)
  • Computer-Based Professional Education Technology Award, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society (2009)
  • Best Practices Award for Distance Learning Programming – Silver, U.S. Distance Learning Association (2008)
  • Award of Excellence, Awarded by Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (2008)
  • Healthcare and Aging Award, Healthcare and Aging Network of the American Society on Aging (2005)
  • Excellence in Research Award, Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End of Life Studies at the University of South Florida (2003)
  • Award of Excellence in Education, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (2003)


Journal Articles

Stein, G., Berkman, C., Acquaviva, K., Woody, I., Godfrey, D. Javier, N. M., O’Mahony, S., Gonzales-Rivera, C., Maingi, S., Candrian, C., & Rosa, W. (2023). Project Respect: Experiences of seriously ill LGBTQ+ patients and partners with their healthcare providers. Health Affairs Scholar, 2023(9), qxad049.

Catlett, L., Acquaviva, K.D., Campbell, L.C., Ducar, D., Page, E.H., Patton, J. & Campbell, C. (2023). End-of-life care for transgender older adults. Global Qualitative Nursing Research, 10, 1-13.

Acquaviva, K. and Marshall, D. (2022). Editorial: Introducing the special collection on ‘Palliative Care for LGBTQ2S+ Individuals and Families'. Palliative Care and Social Practice, 16, 1-3.

Mayer, C., LeBaron, V., & Acquaviva, K. (2022). Exploring the use of psilocybin therapy for existential distress: A multi-method study of palliative care provider perceptions. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 54(1), 81-92.

Acquaviva, K. (2021). Establishing and facilitating large-scale manuscript collaborations via social media: Novel method and tools for replication. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 23(5), e25077-7.

Acquaviva, K. (2021). Comparison of intercom and megaphone hashtags: An analysis of four years of tweets from the top 44 schools of nursing: Thematic uses. JMIR Nursing, 4(2), e25114.

Acquaviva, K., Mugele, J., Abadilla, N., Adamson, T., Bernstein, S., Bhayani, R., Büchi, A., Burbage, D., Carroll, C., Davis, S., Dhawan, N., Eaton, A., English, K., Grier, J., Gurney, M., Hahn, E., Haq, H., Huang, B., Jain, S., Jun, J., Kerr, W., Keyes, T., Kirby, A., Leary, M., Major, A., Marr, M., Meisel, J., Petersen, E., Raguan, B., Rhodes, A., Rupert, D., Sam-Agadu, N., Saul, N., Shah, J., Sheldon, L., Sinclair, C., Spencer, K., Strand, N., Streed, C., and Trudell, A. (2020). Documenting Social Media Engagement as Scholarship: A New Model for Assessing Academic Accomplishment for the Health Professions. J Med Internet Res, 22(12), e25070-25070.

Rosa, W. E., Shook, A., & Acquaviva, K. D. (2020). LGBTQ+ Inclusive Palliative Care in the Context of COVID-19: Pragmatic Recommendations for Clinicians. J Pain Symptom Manage, 60(2), 44-47.

Acquaviva, K. (2017). LGBTQ-Inclusion: A call to action for nurses. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 23(5), 108-108. DOI:.

Acquaviva, K. D., & Krinsky, L. (2015). Bridging politics, policy, and practice: Transforming healthcare in Massachusetts through the creation of a statewide commission on LGBT aging. Geriatric Nursing, 36(6), 482-483.

Falk, N., Phillips, K., Hymer, R., Acquaviva, K., & Schumann, M. J. (2014). Utilizing a student-faculty collaborative learning model to teach grant development in graduate nursing education. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 45(5), 212-218.

Acquaviva, K., Haskell, H., and Johnson, J. (2013). Human Cognition and the Dynamics ofFailure to Rescue: The Lewis Blackman Case. Journal of Professional Nursing, 29(2), 95-101.

Acquaviva, K., Posey, L., Dawson, E., and Johnson, J. (2012). Using Algorithmic PracticeMaps to Teach Emergency Preparedness Skills to Nurses. Journal of Continuing Education inNursing, 43(1), 19-26.

Acquaviva, K., and Mintz, M. (2010). Are we teaching racial profiling?: The dangers ofsubjective determinations of race and ethnicity in case presentations. Academic Medicine, 85(4), 702-705.

deVries, B., Mason, A.M., Quam, J., Acquaviva, K. (2009). State recognition of same-sexrelationships and preparation for end of life among lesbian and gay boomers. SexualityResearch and Social Policy, 6(1), 90-101.

May, L., Acquaviva, K., Dorfman, A., and Posey, L. (2009). Medical Student Perceptions ofSelf-Paced, Web-Based Electives: A Descriptive Study. American Journal of DistanceEducation, 23(4), 212-223.

Salmon, J.R., Kwak, J., Acquaviva, K.D., Brandt, K., Egan, K. (2007). Benefits of TrainingFamily Caregivers on End-of-Life Closure. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 33(4), 434-445.

Cohen, S., Sharma, T., Acquaviva, K., Peterson, R., Patel, S., and Kimmel, P. (2007). SocialSupport and Chronic Kidney Disease: An Update. Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease, 14(4), 335-44.

Cohen, S., Norris, L., Acquaviva, K., Peterson, R., and Kimmel, P. (2007). Screening,Diagnosis, and Treatment of Depression in Patients with ESRD. Clinical Journal of theAmerican Society of Nephrology, 2(6), 1332-1342.

Salmon, J.R., Kwak, J., Acquaviva, K.D., Brandt, K., and Egan, K. (2005). Transformativeaspects of caregiving at life's end. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 29(2), 121-129.

Salmon, J.R., Kwak, J., Acquaviva, K.D., Brandt, K., and Egan, K. (2005). Validation of the Caregiving at Life's End questionnaire. American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, 22(3), 188-194.


Acquaviva, K. (2023). The handbook of LGBTQIA-inclusive hospice and palliative care. Columbia University Press.

Acquaviva, K. (2017). LGBTQ-Inclusive hospice and palliative care: A practical guide to transforming your practice. Harrington Park Press.

Book Sections

Keim-Malpass, J. & Acquaviva, K. (2023). Influencing public opinion and health policy through media advocacy. In B. Patton, M. Zalon, & R. Ludwick (Eds.), Nurses making policy: From bedside to boardroom (3rd ed., pp. 273-310). Springer Publishing Company

Acquaviva, K. (2021). Self-care strategies for LGBTQ+ nursing students. In D. Fontaine, T. Cunningham, & N. B. May (Eds.), Self-care for new and student nurses (1st ed., pp. 144-153). Sigma Theta Tau International.

Acquaviva, K., & Johnson, J. (2014). Chapter 18: The quality improvement landscape. In M. S. Joshi, E. R. Ransom, D. B. Nash, & S. B. Ransom (Eds.), The healthcare quality book: Vision, strategy, and tools (3rd ed., pp. 407-432). Health Administration

Johnson, J., Dawson, E., & Acquaviva, K. (2008). Chapter 17: The quality improvement landscape. In E. Ransom, J. Maulik, D. Nash, & S. Ransom (Eds.), The healthcare quality book: Vision, strategy, & tools (2nd ed., pp. 407-432). Health Administration Press