Tobias Wiggins, Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, Women's and Gender Studies

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Calculated based on number of publications stored in Pure and citations from Scopus
Calculated based on number of publications stored in Pure and citations from Scopus

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Dr. Tobias Wiggins (he/him) is an assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Athabasca University (AU), Alberta, Canada. His research program centers transgender health, queer visual culture, clinical transphobia, arts-based methodologies, and psychoanalysis. At AU, he coordinates the University Certificate in Counselling Women, an interdisciplinary program that applies feminist theory to the practice of counselling. His recent publications appear in Studies in Gender and Sexuality (2022), The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child (2021), Transgender Studies Quarterly (2020), the anthology "Gender-Affirming Psychiatric Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse People" (2023).

Research Interests

Transgender Studies Psychoanalysis Community and Arts-Based Research • Decolonialization • Queer & Feminist TheoryQueer & Trans Visual Culture 


Wiggins, T. (forthcoming 2024). Gird your loins: The transgender psychoanalysts are coming!. E. Punzi, V. Sinclair, & M. Sauer (Eds.) The Queerness of Psychoanalysis: From Freud and Lacan to Contemporary Times. Routledge.

Wiggins, T. (forthcoming 2024). T4T Research and Storytelling Trans Futures during the COVID-19 Pandemic. I. Shankar & C. L. Mason (Eds.), Unmasking Academia: Institutional inequities laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic. University of Alberta Press.

Wiggins, T. (2023). How Cis?: Recognizing and Managing Transphobic Countertransference in Psychotherapy. T. G. Goetz, & A. S. Keuroghlian (Eds.), Gender-Affirming Psychiatric Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse People. American Psychiatric Association, pp. 171-184.

Wiggins, T. (2022). Do Psychoanalysts Dream of Polymorphous Sleep: Clinical Desiring with Transgender Subjects. 23(2), 146-162. Journal of Gender and Sexuality.

Wiggins, T. (2021). Listening for Trans Childism in Discursive Concern. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. 75(1), 191-197.

Gozlan, O., Osserman, J., Silber, L., Wallerstein, H., Watson, E., Wiggins, T. (2021). Transgender Children: From Controversy to Dialogue. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. 75(1), 198-214.

Wiggins, T. & Woodams, E. (2020). A Dialogue on Therapeutic Peer-to-Peer Models for Trans and Nonbinary Surgical Support. QED: A Journal In GLBTQ Worldmaking, 7(3), 39-52.

Wiggins, T. (2020). A Perverse Solution to Misplaced Distress: Trans Subjects and Clinical Disavowal. TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. 7(1), 56–76.

Wiggins, T. (2020). The Pervert on Your Couch: Psychoanalysis and Trans/Sexual Health. In J. Niemira, G, Jacobson, & K. Violet (Eds.), Sex, Sexuality and Trans Identities: Clinical Guidance for Psychotherapists and Counselors. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 155–181.

Wiggins, T. (2020). Non-Recognition and Healing Transgender Trauma with Yoga. In M. Klein (Ed). Embodied Resilience: 30 mindful essays about finding empowerment after addiction, trauma, grief, and loss. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications, pp. 157 – 166.

Wiggins, T. (2020). Leave Britney Alone!: And Other Spectral Affects. In A. Mitchell & C. McKinney (Eds.), Killjoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House. Vancouver: UBC Press; Toronto: Art Gallery of York University; Los Angeles: The ONE Archive, pp. 194–196.

Wiggins, T. (2017). Encountering Inheritance in Vivek Shraya’s I want to kill myself. TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. 4(3–4), 668–674.


Areas of Teaching Competence

Gender & Sexuality Studies • Transgender Studies • Queer & Feminist Theory • Decolonization • Qualitative Research Methodologies • Counselling & Mental Health • Feminist Psychology • Critical Disability Studies • Race & Racism • Critical Whiteness Studies • Popular & Marginal Media • Trauma & Violence • Somatechnics/Technologies of the Body • Psychoanalysis

Graduate Course Instruction, Athabasca University                                                 

WGST 522       Decolonizing Mental Health, May 2024 – Sept 2024
WGST 522       Violence against Women: A Global Perspective, Nov 2019–Dec 2020

Undergraduate Asynchronous Course Instruction, Athabasca University

WGST 305       Decolonizing Mental Health, Feb 2024-present
PSYC   345       The Psychology of Gender and Sexuality, May 2022–present
WGST 422       Violence against Women: A Global Perspective, Sept 2021–present
WGST 305       Counselling with Indigenous Women, Nov 2019–present
PSYC   347       Introduction to Feminist Counselling, Nov 2019–present
WGST 304       Issues in Aboriginal Women's Health and Wellness, Nov 2019–present
WGST 310      Feminist Approaches to Counselling Women, Nov 2019–present
WGST 302      Communication Skills and Counselling Practice, Nov 2019–present
WGST 499      Final Project, Nov 2019–present
WGST 303      Gender, Women, and Health, Nov 2019–Sept 2021
PSYC   345      The Psychology of Women, Nov 2019–May 2022


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Women's and Gender Studies , York University Toronto

Award Date: 1 Jun. 2019

M.A, Women's and Gender Studies, York University Toronto

Award Date: 1 Oct. 2012

B.A, Women's Studies, Trent University

Award Date: 1 Apr. 2010

External positions


  • HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
  • BF Psychology
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • HM Sociology
  • F1001 Canada (General)

Research Interests

  • transgender studies
  • psychoanalysis
  • community-based research
  • arts-based research
  • decolonization
  • queer and feminist theory
  • queer visual culture
  • mental health
  • transphobia
  • feminist psychology
  • feminist theory
  • queer theory


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