Kimberly Acquaviva

Betty Norman Norris Endowed Professor
Unit: School of Nursing
Department: School of Nursing
Office location and address
McLeod, 4005
225 Jeanette Lancaster Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
PhD in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
MSW in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice
BA in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Kimberly D. Acquaviva, Betty Norman Norris Endowed Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, is nationally known as an innovator and authority on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ) aging and end-of-life issues as well as a leader on interprofessional aging research and policy.

She is member of the Academy of Distinguished Teacher and winner of the 2011 Bender Teaching Award

Dr. Acquaviva was previously a professor at George Washington University School of Nursing, where she was a was a tenured professor and founding faculty member. In her 15 years at GW, she served in a number of roles, including director of the National Collaborative on Aging and associate dean for faculty affairs.

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 interest in LGBTQ aging and end-of-life issues. Kim is also well-versed in other healthcare domains, too, including high-tech approaches to boosting clinicians’ emergency preparedness. During her time at George Washington University, she played key roles on interdisciplinary teams that have secured millions of dollars of external funding. One of these projects, the National Nurse Emergency Preparedness Initiative, received $2 million in funding from the Department of Homeland Security and resulted in an online course that more than 50,000 nurses have completed to date.

In the classroom, Kim has taught topics that touch both nursing and medicine. At George Washington University, she taught population health, evidence-based practice, grant writing, health policy, and research project proposal courses – as well as offering guest lectures on academic dishonesty and how to take a sexual history. At the University of Virginia, she teaches health policy and grant writing to a mix of undergraduate and graduate students, and she works closely with our Center for Interprofessional Collaborations (formerly known as the Center for ASPIRE) to support its grant-writing, advance its work and goals, champion IPE beyond the university's boundaries and engage in its twice-annual T3 Faculty Development Program as a teacher, facilitator and participant.

A Fulbright Scholar, an award-winning educator, a much-feted LGBTQ advocate, and an often-tapped national leader and scholar, Kim was drawn to the University of Virginia School of Nursing in large part because of its healthy work environment and inclusivity initiatives.  Kim’s “em dash" podcasts range from episodes featuring LGBTQ individuals sharing their experiences navigating the healthcare system to episodes in which persons with disabilities talk about reclaiming their space; the podcast amplifies a wonderful variety of voices that are not often heard – and should be.

An often-published scholar in the academic and lay media alike, Kim’s book, LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to Transforming Professional Practice (Columbia University Press: 2017), received the American Journal of Nursing’s Book of the Year Award in the Palliative Care and Hospice category.  Currently, she’s working on a book about her experiences caring for her wife, a fellow hospice and palliative care expert, as her family navigates the healthcare system and the dying process.

She has a PhD in Human Sexuality Education fom the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, a MSW in Social Work 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 a Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW).

NUCO 4056: Introduction to Health Policy
Credits: 3
Intro. health policy & its impact on organizational, local, national, & global issues of access, equity, quality, safety, & social justice in the practice environ. Social, ethical, economic, & political issues that affect the delivery of health & nursing services are analyzed. The role of RNs in advocating & influencing change thru the devel. & imprv. of healthcare policies for patients, the nursing profession, & healthcare systems are explored.
NURS 4559: New Course: Undergraduate Nursing
Credits: 1–3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in Undergraduate Nursing
NURS 4950: Distinguished Majors Seminar I
Credits: 3
Designed to provide information and guidance about the process of initiating a research project, to explore issues related to the research process, and encourage communication among Distinguished Majors Program participants. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Nursing DMP.
NURS 4951: Distinguished Majors Seminar II
Credits: 2
Designed to assist students in the process of preparing their thesis to present to their peers and the faculty. Also assists in preparing the thesis for publication. Prerequisite: NURS 4950.
GNUR 6056: Health Policy: Local to Global
Credits: 3
This course provides an overview of policy decisions related to the organization, financing, and delivery of health care. Social, ethical, and political issues that affect the delivery of health and nursing services are analyzed. Roles and influences of providers and consumers of health care, as well as government and entrepreneurial interests, are examined. Emphasis on the impact of policy decisions on nursing practice and health services. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor permission.
GNUR 8993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–4
Independent Study in Nursing

Center for Interprofessional Collaborations

  • 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)