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Áine M. Humble
BHEc, MSc (Alberta), PhD (Oregon State)

Phone: (902) 457-6109
Office: Evaristus 321



I have other profiles that you can visit if you are interested.

1. MSVU E-Commons: pre- or post-print versions of some of my journal articles are available here

2. Facebook: I am listed as “Áine Marie Humble” Please note: If you are on Facebook, you can
see my postings (about research, teaching, issues related to families and gerontology, and
sometimes just about life!) or send me a message on Facebook without having to be a
“Facebook friend”. However I am always looking for new Facebook friends (with people I

3. I am also on Twitter — You can follow me at “ProfHumble”.

4. Research Gate



I completed my PhD in Human Development and Family Studies, with a minor in Women Studies, at Oregon State University. I have an undergraduate degree in Home Economics, with a major in Family Studies, and a Master’s degree in Family Life Education. I also have a diploma in Early Childhood Development.

My primary research interest focuses on family dynamics related to family rituals and transitions, in particular the transition to marriage. I have also increasingly been studying same-sex couples and LGBT aging issues. Most recently, I studied the effectiveness of COVID-19 “immediate family bubbles” for parents with young children in Nova Scotia. My secondary research interests involve older women and healthy aging and qualitative research methods, including qualitative data analysis software.

I have supervised graduate student theses in the following areas: (a) family work, (b) retirement, (c) gay and lesbian families/LGBTQ aging, (d) women and aging, and (e) sexuality education.

I have taught many undergraduate courses at MSVU: introduction to family studies, healthy aging, resilient families, research methods, LGBTQ families, social and family theories, women and aging, adult development and aging, retirement, understudied intimate relationships, family life education, and interpersonal communication skills. I have taught graduate courses in research methods (quantitative and qualitative), qualitative research methods, family life education, and family relations across the life course. I taught other courses prior to being at MSVU on topics such as child development, family development/dynamics, and women’s experiences in families. The courses I will be teaching in the the 2024-2025 academic year are listed below.

Courses taught in the 2024-2025 year

Fall 2024 term:

on sabbatical

Winter 2025 term:

FSGN 2100.18 Healthy Aging (online)
FSGN 3552.18 LGBTQ Families (online, mostly asynchronous)

Qualitative Research Resources:

Guide to transcribing- Feb 2009 (PDF- 36 KB)
Qualitative Research Resources (Dec 2020) (PDF- 367 KB)

Research Interests

  • family rituals/transitions
  • women and healthy aging
  • division of unpaid work in the home
  • intimate relationships
  • qualitative methodology
  • computer-assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDAS)
  • same-sex couples, aging LGBTQ individuals

Selected Recent Publications*

* Please visit my profile at the MSVU E-Commons, where pre- or post-print versions of some of these articles may be available.

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Humble, A. M., & McIsaac, J-L.  (2024). Mothers, household bubbles, and social support during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemicJournal of Comparative Family Studies, 54(3), 256-282. (Open-access article)

Humble, A. M. (2022). Support for same-sex marriage: Family, friends, communities, and the wedding industry. In A. Hoy (Ed.), The social science of same-sex marriage: LGBT people and their relationships in the era of marriage equality (pp. 111-128). Routledge.

Redden, M., Gahagan, J., Kia, H., Humble, A. M., Stinchcombe, A., Manning, E., Ecker, J., de Vries, B., Gambold, L., Oliver, B., & Thomas, R. (2021). Housing as a determinant of health for older LGBT Canadians: Focus group findings from a national housing study. Housing and Society. Advance online publication.

Humble, A. M. (2021, August 31). Social support and LGBTQ+ individuals and communities. In I. N. West (Ed.), Encyclopedia of queer studies and communication. Oxford University Press.

Dhillon, S., & Humble, A. M. (2021). The sociocultural relationships of older immigrant Punjabi women living in Nova Scotia: Implications for well-beingJournal of Women & Aging, 33(4), 442-454.

Rauer, A., Humble, A. M., & Radina, M. E. (2020). Introduction to the special issue on theorizing in family gerontology: Beyond broad strokes to the finer detailsJournal of Family Theory & Review, 12(2), 121-125.

Humble, A. M., Seidel, A. J., Yorgason, J. B., & Redden. (2020). A 10-year portrait of theorizing in family gerontology: Making the mosaic visible. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 12(2), 147-163.

Humble, A. M. (2020). Computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software and ethnographic health research. In P. M. W. Hackett & C. M Hayre (Eds.), Handbook of ethnography in healthcare research (pp. 414-424). Routledge.

Humble, A. M. (2019). Stress and coping in later life. In C. A. Price & K. R. Bush (Eds.), Families and change: Coping with stressful event and transitions (6th ed., pp. 155-178). Sage.

Mock, S., Walker, E., Humble, A. M., DeVries, B., Gutman, G., Gahagan, J., Chamberland, L., Aubert, P,, & Fast, J. (2019). The role of information technology and communication technology (ICT) in end-of-life planning among a sample of Canadian LGBT older adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0733464819848634

DeVries, B., Gutman, G., Humble, A. M., Gahagan, J., Chamberland, L., Aubert, P,, Fast, J., & Mock, S. (2019). End-of-life preparations among LGBT older Canadian adults: The missing conversation. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 88(4), 358-379. doi:10.1177/0091415019836738

Humble, A. M.
, & Radina, E. (Eds.). (2019). Real stories of how qualitative data analysis happens:Moving beyond “themes emerged”. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.
Winner of the 2020 Anselm Strauss Award for Qualitative Family Research, Qualitative Family Research Network (QFRN), NCFR

Gahagan, J., Humble, A. M., Gutman, G., & de Vries, B. (2018). Older LGBT adults’ end-of-life conversations: Findings from Nova Scotia, Canada. Atlantis, 39(1), 31-40.

Humble, A. M., & Price, C. A. (2017). Individuals and family coping in later life. In C. Price & K. Bush (Eds.), Families and change: Coping with stressful events and transitions (5th ed., pp. 119-136). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Berwick, S., & Humble, A. M. (2016). Older women’s negative psychological and physical experiences with injectable cosmetic procedures to the face. Journal of Women & Aging, 29(1), 51-62. 

Humble, A. M. (2016). “She didn’t bat an eye”: Canadian same-sex wedding planning and support from the wedding industry. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 12, 277-299. 

Humble, A. M., & Green, M. (2016). Qualitative research in the Canadian Journal on Aging/La Revue canadienne du vieillissement: An 18-year analysis (1995-2012). Canadian Journal on Aging, 35, 131-144

Few-Demo, A., Humble, A. M., Curran, M. A., & Lloyd, S. (2016). Queer theory, intersectionality, and LGBT-parent families: Transformative critical pedagogy in family theory. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 8(1), 74-94.
Winner of the 2017 Wiley Prize in Family Science (Alexis Walker Award) for the best family science paper published in a Wiley journal in 2015 and 2016

Humble, A. M. (2015). Guidance in the world of computer assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDAS) software programs. [Review essay of Using software in qualitative research: A step-by-step guide (2nd ed.)]. FQS–Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 16(2), Article 22.


SDGs for Aine Humble - Good health; gender equality; equality for all