Alic G. Shook, PhD, RN

Headshot of nursing faculty member Alic Shook

PhD, University of Washington, School of Nursing
BSN, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College
BA, English, Mills College

Assistant Professor

Phone: (206) 296-2556

Building/Room: Bannan 571

Alic Shook, PhD, RN is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at Seattle University, Affiliate Faculty in the Center for Pediatric Nursing Research at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar.  He is a pediatric emergency medicine nurse and works clinically at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.  His research focuses on understanding how inequality is naturalized in healthcare contexts and involves historically situated attention to power dynamics, community engagement and participatory methods, a concern with intersectionality & plurality, and system-level analysis about the function of language in shaping clinical encounters & producing inequities.  He is currently working on development of a sexual health curriculum for transgender and non-binary youth with collaborators at Seattle Children’s Hospital & the University of Washington and a qualitative study aimed at furthering the conceptual understanding of how stigma impacts young people living with sickle cell disease. His work has been funded by the Fulbright Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health, among others.

Areas of Interest

Social construction of health conditions, biopolitics, stigma, transgender health, sexual and gender minorities, marginalized populations, intersectionality research, LGBTQ health disparities, substance use, HIV prevention research, social determinants of health, nursing practice, nursing theory, health services, qualitative research, health communication, discourse, consent in healthcare 


Shook A, Tordoff D, St. Pierre-Nelson W, Clark A, Hardwick R, Kantrowitz-Gordon, I.  (2022). “Age, Autonomy,   and Authority of Knowledge:  The Role of Consent in Regulating Access to Care for Transgender Youth Under 18”, 0(0), 1-29.

Shook A, Tordoff D, St. Pierre-Nelson W, Clark A, Hardwick R, Kantrowitz-Gordon, I.  (2022).  “Trans Youth Talk Back:  A Foucauldian Discourse Analysis of Transgender Minors’ Accounts of Healthcare Access”.  Qualitative Health Research, 0(0), 1-18

Shook A, Buskin S, Golden M, Dombrowski J, Herbeck J, Lechtenberg R, Kerani R.  (2022).  “Developing an Intervention to Interrupt Transmission of Molecular HIV Clusters:  Perspectives from community members & providers in Seattle-King County”.  Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 33(3), 270-282.

Minalga, B., Chung, C., Davids, J. D., Martin, A., Perry, N. L., & Shook, A.   (2022).  Research on transgender people must benefit transgender people.  The Lancet, 399(10325), 628.

Tordoff D, Sequeira GM, Shook A, Williams F, Hayden L, Kasenic A, Inwards-Breland D, Ahrens K.  (2022).  “Factors associated with time to receiving gender affirming care at a multidisciplinary pediatric gender clinic serving transgender and non-binary youth”.  Transgender Health. ahead of print.

Rosa W, Shook A, Acquaviva K. (2020). LGBTQ+ Inclusive Palliative Care in the Context of COVID-19: Pragmatic Recommendations for Clinicians. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

Tordoff D, Gridley Haley S, Shook A, Kantor A, Crouch J, Ahrens K. (2020). “Talk About Bodies”: Recommendations for Using Transgender Inclusive Language in Sex Education Curriculums. Sex Roles.

Knight KR, Das M, Demicco E, Raiford JL, Matheson T, Shook A, Antunez E, Santos GM, Dadasovich R, Dilley JW, Colfax GN, Herbst JH. (2014). A Roadmap for Adapting an Evidence-Based HIV Prevention Intervention:  Personal Cognitive Counseling (PCC) for Episodic Substance-Using Men Who Have Sex With Men. Prevention Science, 15(3), 364-75.


Shook, A.  “Using youth-engaged methods to develop a technology-based sexual education intervention for transgender & gender-expansive youth”.  Seattle University College of Nursing Seed Grant, 2021-2022, $7500.00

Shook, A.  "Using youth-engaged methods to develop a technology-based sexual education intervention for transgender & gender-expansive youth”.  Technology & Adolescent Mental Wellness (TAM) Program, University of Madison-Wisconsin, $4500.00

Shearer, C. & Shook, A.  “Stigma, Power, and Sickle Cell Disease:  An analysis of nurses’ attitudes, perspectives, and practice patterns”.  Seattle Children’s Research Institute Nursing Research Grant Program, $10,000


Tordoff, D., Minalga, B., Herbeck, J., Shook, A. Engaging Community in the use of Molecular HIV Surveillance Data, panelist, Positive Women’s Network, virtual, 2022.    

Academic & Professional Education

PhD, University of Washington, School of Nursing, 2020
Dissertation Title: From Gender-Affirming Care to Trans-Affirming Care: Trans Youth Discourses of Healthcare Access”

Fellow, Leadership Education in Adolescent Health, 2019-2020
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine
Seattle Children’s Hospital

BSN, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, 2013

Fellow, Fulbright Foundation
Research project: HIV public health marketing, stigma, and risk perception in Thailand

BA, English, Mills College, 2005
Cum Laude